Easy Instructions to Make Roman Shades

Updated February 21, 2017

Roman shades can offer a crisp, clean and modern look or a simple and fresh country look, depending upon the fabrics and styling you choose. You will need to sew simple straight seams, use a staple gun, and mount a board in the window. Take advantage of Roman shade tape to speed up the process of making Roman shades for your windows.

Measuring and Preparations

You will need to carefully measure your window and decide whether you will mount your Roman shades to the inside of the window frame or the outside. Add 1 inch to the horizontal measurement for side hems. You will also need to allow 6 inches of vertical length. Purchase outer and lining fabric, Roman shade tape, drapery cord, a mounting board and screw eyes. You may also want ribbon or trims to accent your Roman shades. Room darkening liners are an option; however, do decide whether or not you want to wash your Roman shades.


Stitch the fabric and lining right sides together using a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Leave a small opening for turning. Turn right side out, press and slipstitch the opening closed. Press a 2-inch hem up on the bottom of the shade. Pin Roman shade tape into place approximately 1 inch from each edge and then no further apart than every 10 inches across the shade. Space the ring tape evenly, placing the bottom ring 1 inch above the edge of the hem and extending the tape 1 inch into the hem. Sew the hem. Slip a dowel or rod into the bottom hem of the Roman shade and hand stitch the ends closed.

Mounting and Installing

Staple the top of your Roman shade to the mounting board. Install screw eyes on the mounting board, lining them up with the Roman shade tape. Thread drapery cord through each set of Roman shade rings. Knot cords together to the right with the shade flat. Use screws or L brackets to mount the board into the inside or onto the outside of the mounting board. Pull the cord and knot as needed to raise your shade or install a drapery cord stopper to make it easier to adjust your Roman shades.

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