Keep Your Windows in Style with These 11 DIY Roman Shades

by craftmin | December 19, 2017

Roman shades make some of the best window coverings in the market which never fail to give a soft polished look to the interior design of any room. They offer a classy and practical alternative to give you privacy from prying eyes and protection from the sun and when Roman shades are not in use, you can stack them in symmetrical and evenly-sized horizontal folds. There are also a lot of Roman shade designs to choose from to suit the style of any room.  Here are 11 DIY Roman shades projects that will not only protect you from the sun but will also keep your windows stylish!



diy roman shades a tutorial

This drop dead gorgeous roman shade may look complicated but don’t let it fool you into thinking that you can’t replicate this beauty – you can!


To start with, gather the following materials:

  • 2 yards of your chosen fabric
  • 2 yards of linen or any heavyweight cotton
  • 1 inch white mini blinds
  • A permanent fabric adhesive
  • A foam brush
  • A pair of scissors
  • A flat iron
  • A sewing machine – your basic sewing skills will do if you have none.
  • Pins – optional for easier sewing.


Once you have gathered all of the materials, you should be all set to create your own roman shade. Simply follow this simple step by step tutorial:



For this project to be successful, you need a good understanding of how mini blinds operate. This inexpensive window covering is composed of vinyl blinds strung together by a set of vertical pull cords and ladder cords. The pull cord is responsible for retracting the blinds, while the ladder cord keeps the blind evenly spaced and close together.

You will need to find a set of mini blinds that fit the width of your window. Don’t worry about the length since you can easily shorten it, but about 12-18 blinds will be needed.

Begin your project by laying out the blinds fully extended on a long table or the floor.

Cut the ladder cord away with a pair of scissors. Do not confuse the ladder cord with the pull cord.

For your reference, the ladder cord is located on the top of the mini blinds. Once you have snipped it away, your blinds will be able to move up and down  freely with the pull cord.

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After successfully cutting the ladder cord, you can now undo the pull cord to completely disintegrate the blinds. Simply look for two plastic caps underneath the bottom bar of the mini blinds. Pop it and use your needle to take out the tangled pull cords. Cut the tangle and take the bottom bar out of the mini blinds.

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Measure your window, keeping in mind the space which you want between your blinds. For adorable large folds, a space of 4 inches in between the blinds should be enough to do the trick. Now calculate how many blinds you need to keep.

Once you have removed all of the blinds you don’t need, re-attach the pull cord through the bottom bar and knot the ends into secure double knots.

By now, your mini blinds will have all the blinds you need. a bottom bar, and a long string of pull cords.

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After prepping the mini blinds, now you need to get the fabric sorted. You will need to consider the measurement of the blinds to ensure that it will match. For the width of the blinds, allow an inch each side of the fabric. For the length of the blinds, allow two inches either end of the fabric.

Once you have trimmed your fabric to its needed length, iron out the fabric.

TIP: If you will be using a translucent fabric, it is advisable to line it with another fabric of medium weight. Just keep in mind that both pieces of fabric need to measure the same.

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Place the liner fabric on top of the main fabric. Afterwards, fold the vertical edges inside then, to establish a firm fold, iron the fabrics.

After folding and ironing both sides of the fabric, you can either use pins and sew it shut or use a long strip of adhesive fabric tape and iron it closed.

If you choose to give the fabric a run through the sewing machine, simply run a straight stitch. Don’t worry about the top and bottom part of the fabric, leave it undone and unattended.

Then, lay the fabric face-down on a flat surface – a floor or a table will do. Place the mini blinds on top of the fabric, making sure to separate the blinds and keeping them equally spaced along the length of your chosen fabric.

Use a pencil or a fabric marker to mark the position of the blinds.

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Position the top part of the mini blinds at least two inches below the top edge of the fabric. Use fabric glue and a foam brush to spread a thick layer of glue over the top part of the fabric. Afterwards, gently place the bar and wrap the fabric around the top bar.

Once the top bar has been glued, glue all of the blinds to your chosen fabric. Avoid the glue touching and sticking to the pull cord. Do not glue the pull cord.

Turn the mini blinds over and press down firmly, repeating until you have reached the bottom of the mini blinds.

Spread the fabric glue along the bottom of the bottom bar and wrap the fabric around it. Squeeze another layer of fabric glue along the short side of the bar and wrap the fabric all over it.

Trim the excess fabric once the glue has dried up.

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Once you have successfully completed making your own homemade Roman shade, give it time to dry overnight before installing it on your windows. Remember that everything worth having is worth waiting for!



Now that the long wait is over, install your newly made homemade Roman shade on your windows. The beautiful fabric you have chosen and the hard work you exerted are sure to give your windows all of glamour it needs!

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//Simple roman shade



Surely, you’ll love these 10 other DIY ROMAN SHADES:


1.) Personalize your window with these Monogram DIY Roman shades!


Don’t let your eyes fool you into thinking that the beautiful Roman shade pictured above is tailor-made and expensive but it’s not. These DIY Roman shades are actually easy to make, you don’t even need a sewing machine or an embroidery machine. Instead, create a faux-roman shade by using a yard of fabric of your choice, a piece of wood, and packaging tape. Afterwards, use freezer paper for the monogram detail. Genius, right?

//Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss

2.) Create DIY Roman shades out of table cloths!

table cloth diy roman shades

If you want a patterned roman shade but don’t want to spend too much on patterned fabrics, use table cloths instead. All you need is a beautifully patterned table cloth that works with the interior of your room so you don’t have to spend much money or go to a fabric store. Even better? You don’t even need sewing skills for this project to be successful!



3.) Accentuate your Bamboo roman shades with paint!

bamboo diy roman shades

If you already have a bamboo roman shade and would like to re-invent it without buying a new one, then this DIY roman shades idea is for you! Accentuate it with black trimmings using painter’s tape and black paint! The finished product looks so good that no one would suspect it’s not brand new!

// Emilya Clark


4.) Keep it simple and classy with classic DIY Roman shades!

basic diy roman shades

There is an air of sophistication and elegance to a simple and plain Roman shade. Neatly folded fabric tucked between dowels is a classic window treatment that will look good in any room. The classic and sophisticated look may fool you into thinking that it is hard to create, but it really isn’t. The trick lies in choosing a fabric that folds well and sewing slats in between the gaps. Afterwards, attach a beam that can support the weight of the fabric and hang it at the window!

//At Charlotte’s House

5.) Upgrade your DIY Roman shades with double layers! double layered diy roman shades

The disadvantage of a Roman shade is that when pulled up, everyone passing has a clear view of your home. But to keep your privacy intact, you can simply add an extra layer of sheer fabric to the same beam! Just make sure that the double layered fabric can be fully supported by your curtain beam to avoid accidents.

//Song Bird Blog


6.) Hide those unsightly ropes by installing rings inside your DIY Roman shades!

Rope-less diy roman shades

Hiding those ropes makes for a much more pleasant looking Roman shade. Simply sew rings on the inside of your fabrics then, using a long string, tie a double knot at each ring. Ensure that you have a sufficient amount which you can pull on. Once you pull the string there will be no trace left attached to your roman shade, creating a sleek ad clean look.



7.) Create permanent folded DIY Roman Shades!

fixed diy roman shade

Block the glaring afternoon sunlight from entering your home by installing permanently folded DIY Roman shades! This DIY project is actually perfect for those who want to keep the privacy of their home, without compromising the style and interior of their home. Simply sew folds onto your roman shades to give the illusion that it is pulled up and working well!

//Emily Ann Interiors


8.) Create pleated balloon DIY Roman shades!

pleated balloon diy roman shades

Instantly make a classy and sophisticated facade for your window by using a Victorian-inspired printed fabric! Use this fabric to create a pleated balloon Roman shade which will give your room the right balance of elegance and casualness. To create this one, place a pair of strings across the width of the Roman shade then allot an extra allowance for the hem of your Roman shade because the fabric will be ruffled to create a balloon effect.

//It All Started With Paint

9.) Play with prints to create your DIY Roman shades!

printed diy roman shades

Stenciled prints work well with sheer fabric Roman shades, so you have a good opportunity to play with prints and quirky designs. This DIY Roman shade is sure to look good in nurseries as well! Simply lay out your fabric and stencil the pattern you want, but remember that the design you pick must work well every time the shade is pulled up.

//All Things Thrifty

10.) Opt for simple and no-sew DIY Roman shades!

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If you simply have no time, talent or patience to spare with needles and threads, then this DIY Roman shade should be perfect for you! Instead of using needles and threads to sew the fabric together, you could use fabric tape. Fabric tape can be used to fasten the fabrics of your Roman shade to the slats you create.

Pro-tip: Iron your fabric to create seams good enough for folding!

The result may not be as gorgeous as the other DIY Roman shades listed above, but nonetheless, this trick should work wonders for your screen doors and other small overhangs.

//In My Own Style


Keeping your windows stylish is not that hard or costly! What are you waiting for? Try these easy DIY Roman shades!