How to Make Roman Shades With Ribs

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Roman shades offer a fresh look for your windows that can work in a modern or traditionally styled room depending upon your fabric choices. Opting for Roman shades with ribs will create a more tailored look for your windows, as the shades will fall in regular and neat folds. Roman shades with ribs are best suited to rather heavy, opaque fabrics, but can work quite well on both small and large windows.

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Things you need

  • Outer fabric
  • Lining fabric
  • Narrow dowel rods
  • Roman shade tape
  • Drapery cording
  • Plastic rings
  • 1 inch x 1 inch board
  • Small L-brackets
  • Self adhesive hook and loop (Velcro) fastener
  • Sew on hook and loop fastener
  • Screw eyes
  • Sewing machine and coordinating thread
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Tape measure

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    How to Make Roman Shades with Ribs

  1. 1

    Measure your windows to determine the overall finished size for your Roman shades. Plan to hang your Roman shades inside the window frame.

  2. 2

    Cut the 1 inch x 1 inch board to fit inside your window casing. Cut dowels 1 1/4 inch narrower than your desired finished Roman shade width. Allow one dowel for every 8 to 12 inches in total shade length.

  3. 3

    Add 2 inches each to the finished length and width measurements. Cut your outer fabric and lining to these measurements. Cut one strip of fabric for each dowel rod to 3 inches wide by the width of your shade.

  4. 4

    Place the outer and lining fabrics with the right side, or side you want to see in the finished shade, and stitch with a 1 inch seam allowance, leaving an opening for turning. Stitch again 1/4 inch from the bottom edge. Insert a dowel into this bottom casing. Turn right side out and press. Sew a strip of sew-on Velcro onto the top of the wrong side of your Roman shade.

  5. 5

    Mark lines on the lining fabric of your Roman shade with ribs for the rib pockets. Place these lines every 8 to 12 inches, measuring up from the bottom dowel rod.

  6. 6

    Fold the small pocket pieces in half right sides together across the width of the fabric. Stitch around two sides, then turn and press. Sew into place along the marked lines. Insert dowels and hand stitch the opening closed.

  7. 7

    Hand sew plastic rings into place on the rod pockets on the Roman blinds. Allow for two cords for a narrow shade or three to four for a wider one.

  8. 8

    Measure the placement of the rings on the Roman shade and mark this onto the wooden board. Install screw eyes into the board, screwing them into place by hand. Apply a strip of self adhesive Velcro to the board, then secure into the window casing with L-brackets.

  9. 9

    Run drapery cording through the rings on the rod, then through the screw eyes on the wooden board supporting your Roman shade with ribs. Bring the cords to the side and knot or install a cord plug for better control of your Roman shades.

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