DIY: Faux Roman Shade

June 15, 2011

You might think I’ve gone drop cloth crazy (which I have), but this material is truly simple, affordable, and stylish!  Plus it’s also durable, chic, and a great neutral palette for any accent color.   Lately I’ve been transforming my interiors to look a little more casual. With updated fabrics on the pillows and windows, and some stylish new accessories and repurposed pieces, my interior is changing into my desired style (of the moment…next week it could change again)..haha).  My latest drop cloth project was to make faux roman shades for my dining room windows.

Before, the window treatments were dupioni silk drapery panels with detailed sheers to match.  I was over the heaviness-look and wanted something to lighten and brighten the space.

I was on a mission to repurpose, so I took the window panels that were in my living room and moved them into the dining room.  But it still wasn’t “just” right ~ It needed something.  With a little experimentation of fabrics, I thought the drop cloth material would be a perfect neutral accent to the simple burnt orange/red drapes (the roman shades also coordinate quite nice with my table runner).

Supplies needed to create your own faux roman shade

  • Fabric of choice
  • Double Fold Bias Tape
  • Sewing Machine
  • Sewing supplies (pins, scissors, measuring tape, etc)
  • Velcro

Before I begin the tutorial, I wanted to mention there was an existing honeycomb-style shade where I wanted to install this new faux roman.  I removed the fabric shade using a straight edge, but left the bar on in place.  This is what I later used to attach the faux roman shade with the Velcro.  **If you are starting from scratch, you could put the Velcro directly on the window OR get a tension rod and Velcro the shade to it.

Let’s jump right in

1. Decide how many ‘drops’ you want for your roman shade. I decided on 2 drops, and then I added a Header Flap on the top.  Each drop is 5-1/2” and the top flap is 3-1/2”.

2. Measure the width of your window and cut your material.  With regards to the length, I cut mine to be about 36” long.  It’s important to leave a lot of extra material on the length, so you have enough to create the drops. (Read on and it’ll help you determine your length).

3. Take your Double Fold Bias Tape and edge the length of the roman shade.

4 and 5. Pin and Sew the bias tape onto your fabric.  If your top edge is not finished, fold over and sew, so you have a finished edge.

6. Fold over your fabric to create a 3-1/2” Header Flap; Iron the edge and sew along the top with a ½” inseam.

7. It’s time to start your first drop: Measure 9” from the top (3-1/2” for the Header Flap + 5-1/2” for the drop) and then fold the fabric under to create the drop of the roman shade. Bring the fabric all the way to the top of the back.

8a and 8b. Flip over the Header Flap.  Pin the drop and sew the fabric underneath the flap (along the pinned line as shown in the picture).

9. Onto the second drop: Measure another 5-1/2” for the next drop (which is now 14.5 from the top).  Repeat step 8.

You can make as many drops as you’d like to create a longer roman shade. 2 drops worked perfectly for my size window.

10. When you are complete with your roman shade, flip it over and attach the Velcro to the top edge of the shade.

11. As I mentioned above, I used the existing bar that was already in place.  If you are starting new, you can either attach the Velcro right to the window or use a tension rod and attach the Velcro to it.

And here it is …

Here is the overall space: Lighter and Brighter!

Adding a non-functioning roman shade can really jazz up a window.  I’ll be honest, this tutorial was a bit difficult to write and I hope I didn’t lose you.  It’s actually quite easy to make once you get started.  If you have ANY questions, please reach out to me and ask!

* Just a reminder, don’t forget the BIG Blogger Block Party event ~ link up your Summer Space projects to my link party next Thursday, the 23rd! *


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Comments

  1. This looks fabulous! Will definitely refer to this when I get to making mine! Janell

  2. this looks awesome – great job!
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  3. They look great, oh and Drop cloth and Crazy are good things!
    Debbie
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  4. Hi, and thank you for the great tutorial. You did a very
    thorough job of explaining each step and the photos
    were great. Even if someone doesn’t sew they can
    understand and follow along to produce a great faux
    Roman shade. I’m really glad that I found your site
    and I subscribe by email.
    Warm Regards,
    Susan B., Western MA

    • Thanks so much Susan for stopping by SAS Interiors and for leaving such a kind comment. I was a bit worried that the tutorial wasn’t explained thoroughly enough, so thanks for letting me that you ‘got it’! Thanks for subscribing as well ;)
      ~Jenna

  5. Great tutorial and the shades look amazing. They really do change the look and feel of the room. Well done. Hugs, Marty
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    • Hi Marty,
      Thanks so much for stopping and for your kind comment ~ you are always SO sweet. I hope you are well!
      ~Jenna

  6. I love the look and the fact that you don’t have to mess with cording and rods! But I’m confused…..do these come down to cover the window if you wanted some privacy?

    • Hi Jenny, Thanks for visiting SAS Interiors and for your kind comment. No, these are NOT functional roman shades. They are all sewn together, so there is no way they can move up and down. I created them this way because I didn’t need any privacy on these windows and they were added to soften the look of the space. Thanks again for stopping by! xo Jenna

  7. How cool! I would love it if you would link up to my Tuesday Confessional link party going on now: http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/06/tuesday-confessional-link-party.html. I hope to see you soon!
    ~Macy

    • Thanks Macy for stopping by SAS Interiors! I will definitely check out your linky party and link up. xo Jenna

  8. Jenna,

    Thanks so much for pointing me to your drop cloth diys! The tutorials are fantastic!! So glad I dug a little deeper into your blog. I’m afraid that if I had documented the reupholstering of my couch in drop cloth, the process would not have been so pretty! :)

    • Thanks Heidi – glad you had a chance to check out some of my other drop cloth tutorials!! I hope to make some more things soon. Have a great weekend. xo Jenna

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