How to Make Roman Shades for French Doors

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How to Make Roman Shades for French Doors
Add a privacy option to French doors with homemade Roman shades. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

French doors are not only charming, but they can bring much needed light into a room. However, sometimes you want the room to be dark and cosy and a little more private. Many people add mini-blinds to their French doors for privacy, but these don't really add much style to a room. You could hang curtains on your French doors, but curtains can make them look like your grandma's country windows. Roman shades, on the other hand, offer all the features of both mini-blinds and curtains, and they add a clean contemporary look to your French doors. Store bought roman shades do not generally come ready made for French doors. You can make your own in an afternoon and save yourself from having to pay a small fortune to someone else to make them for you.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Yard stick
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Sewing pins
  • Scissors
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Fabric pen
  • Iron
  • 2 Roman shade hanging kits (pre-cut)
  • 2 wooden dowel rods (pre-cut)
  • No-sew Velcro
  • 1 pkg sew-on rings
  • Sewing needle

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Instructions

    Preparation

  1. 1

    Measure the width and length of the French door windows. Add an additional 1 inch to both sides as well as an additional 2 inches to the top and bottom of the roman shade. Press the wrinkles out of the fabric with a hot iron. Cut the fabric pieces out with the sewing scissors according to the measurements.

  2. 2

    Measure and cut no-sew Velcro strips for each of the front of the hanging kits. Remove the adhesive backing from the Velcro strips, and attach them to the front of the hanging kits. Use a drill to drill holes on each end at the top of the French door windows. Attach the hanging kit to the windows with screws.

  3. 3

    Fold under the side edges of the fabric by 1 inch, and place sewing pins all along the edge to hold it in place. Use the sewing machine to stitch along the pinned edge of the fabric, removing the pins as you sew. Press the seams flat with a hot iron. Turn the bottom and top of the Roman shade under 2 inches, and place sewing pins along the entire width of the shade to hold the folds in place. Use the sewing machine to sew along the pinned edge of the fabric, leaving both sides open at the bottom of the shade. Remove the pins.

  4. 4

    Turn the shade over, face down. Starting at the top of the shade, measure down the length of the shade approximately every 5 to 6 inches. Use the marking pen to draw horizontal lines across the width of the fabric. Measure across the width of the shade to create three rows spaced evenly apart. Mark them along the horizontal lines where you will sew on the rings.

  5. 5

    Hand sew the rings onto the fabric at the marked locations with a sewing needle and thread. You should end up with three vertical rows of rings sewn onto the horizontal lines marked on the fabric. Thread the pull string vertically through the rings, and tie it in a knot at the bottom of the shade. Place a wooden dowel rod through the opening on the bottom of each shade to add weight to the shade. Attach the final Velcro strip to the back side of the shade, and press it firmly to the Velcro strip at the top of the hanging kit above the windows on the French doors.

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