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November 25, 2008


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please could you tell me where you bought that awesome fabric from? many thanks. lynn

Hello, please help I'm making my roman blinds tomorrow. I have my fabric and everything but my head is starting to hurt regarding where to put my rings. My inside window measurement is 135 cm long by 117.75 cm wide. I want to reduce ring spacing like you have done to create a nice pleated effect....but I don't know the measurements to separate them by? ...Because I dont know How long i should make the headrail bit ( the bit of fabric above the folds, and what measurement in lenght I should leave from the bottom of the blind to the first ring/ fold.

Also one last thing if I could comes you don't use rods? Are they not necessary? I love the idea of not having them, but why do all other instructions on the net include these rods?

I would really love for you to reply so that I can use your tutorial, being that I prefer your steps to other people, however without the calculations of where to place my rings/ folds I don't know I can follow it!

Thank you in advance,
Regards Mehlika from the UK

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! I picked up some cotton fabric last week at a yard sale. We recently bought a home, and the seller didn't leave any window treatments. I wanted to make roman shades for the breakfast with the fabric. I googled and found a few different sites, but none as easy and sensible as yours! They went together quickly, and look great! THANK YOU!

I love this! I used it to replace the blinds in my camper after my dog went nuts and ate the slats. Instead of using a board though, I reused the blind hard ware from the original blinds (the dog really did only chew the slats so everything else was usable). I used fabric I already had on hand, including the drapery lining and bought the rings. I spent about $20 on 4 windows! My husband was so thrilled at the money saved, he's suggested I do it for the house when I redecorate. He doesn't know I'm already collecting "broken" mini blinds from the neighbors to do that exact thing.

Wonderful tutorial! I combined this with another on faux roman shades. Made mine of canvas (drop cloth from the hardware store!). They are just heavy enough and look fantastic in neutral. Love how you spaced the folds. Thanks for sharing!!

Hi Im in the UK. I found your site today when I wanted to check out a couple of things whilst making a roman blind, my style! Found your page very useful and have finally put up my blind tonight so we can get rid of the cardboard box curtains we've had since moving into our brand new home three weeks ago!

Hi thanks for all your information about making roman blinds, I will make them for my B&B, one of my windows is 1,33cm wide, I will use (I think) 6 rows with rings. What about all those cords? Any tips for them to look tidy? I wonder if they would mess up while pulling up the roman blind? Thanks for your reply.

hi I was wondering if you had any suggestions to make these for a conservatory where I cannot apply any permanent fixings? is there a way to glue or anything? thanks love the tutorial.

How do you space wear you sew the rings to get the draped effect?


These all look amazing, I can't wait to get question before I do. I want these for metal french do affix them to metal doors that I can't screw into? Golly I LOVE the internet, THANKS for sharing you know how!!

Hi. I love your tutorial! I was wondering if it was possible to make the shades that pulled up...meaning that it bunched on the bottom and as you pull, the shades come up. If so, do you have any ideas and suggestions?

I am very impressed with your instructions, as I have perused the web to find good instructions for the 18 (ugh!) windows in our new house that I want to make insulated Roman blinds for. But I have a few questions I hoped you could answer.
First, I don't want to replace the beautiful Art & Craft era windows and spoil the character of the house, so have opted for snug fitting insulated blinds & storm windows instead. Do you have any suggestions for making thick, heavy blinds? Should I use an insulated liner sandwiched between the front & back layers? If so, of what? Or would it be too thick & not fold properly?
Second, I have two windows that are over five feet across (and yep, one solid piece of glass). Other than using an extra row or two of rings, any other recommendations that should keep in mind?
Lastly, why don't you use dowels? It doesn't seem to be necessary by the looks of your beautiful blinds, but then why do others use them? I'd rather skip them since I have a lot of large windows and don't want to add to the bulk or weight, but are there circumstances where it is better to use them (eg: big windows)?
Thanks in advance for your help! Keep up the good work. :-)

My window is 2 meters wide by 90cm drop. How many vertical rows and how many cords should I use, would it be better to use rods because of the width. Or can you send me instructions for the best way to make these. I would really love to be able to make this blind myself as I cannot afford to have one made up. Thank you, your advice will be greatly appreciated.

I am interested in trying these blinds. Have you ever used a heavier upholstery fabric? Wondering if this can work or will a bulkier fabric not pleat as well. Any advice?

Wow! This is great. What a surprise to find out this was posted so long ago. Way to go Ms. Duncan. Thank you!
Here's my Facebook post:

I'm about to sew my rings onto my 50" wide by 55" long. What do you suggest the spacing be from he bottom to the top? Can I get away with 3 rows of rings? Thanks so much!

Thank you for your help and encouragement on the roman shades for my daughters three large bedroom windows and I am getting very anxious to start them. I have just a couple more questions if you could help me I would really appreciate it.
The windows are each 68 3/4" wide by 62 3/4" long.
1. How many vertical rows would you suggest on a window of this size.
2. I am going to put blackout lining on them. How would you attach the rings? I usually put them on with the machine but will that make holes (even though small) that would let daylight through.
Any suggestions????

Thanks for all your help!!!!

I'm afraid I can't answer Sharon, the last posted question, as she didn't leave an email address. I can't imagine a tension rod strong enough to stay in place while pulling the cords of the blind up and down. I've only ever used tension rods for sheers. Good luck!

Great instructions. I am going to give it a try. I want to hang them from a tension rod though, since my husband made the window frames and ledges and they are mahogany so I can't possibly put holes in them! Is there any tricks to doing that?

My daughter has 3 large windows in her bedroom 68 3/4" Wide X 62 3/4" Long. Would you do one on each window or make two? If so how many rings would you put on the panels across. I worry that if it is too large she may have trouble keeping it level.
Thanks for your help.

Thanks so much for this great tutorial.... I made these following your instructions, you can see my result on my kate corrie sewing blog a

very,very nice

Love the tutorial, but have a question.
I have a side door that is mainly glass (only an edge of about 5" of the metal door - middle is glass) and need to make a roman shade to keep out the sun in the summer and privacy at night.
What I need help with is I want the shades to have the folds in them when it is straightened all the way down for a little extra "flair". How do I do this - I was thinking that when I attached the rings I could have the fabric folded and stitch thru the top edge of the fold to hold it this way, but didn't know if that was the way to do it. Also, if I'm doing a long shade, doing your 8" to 7" to 6" etc. measurements, won't that make the bottom fold really big?
Appreciate your input :)

I love this but my problem lies with attaching the blind to the wood at the top of the window. I still can't figure out how to do it. Can you please help? Thank you

I love your blinds. I would like to make some for my 6' windows. I'm assuming I'll need to make 4 rows of rings. What I am not sure of is how to run the string ??

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