This is a fairly straight forward design but you have to make sure that they are strung correctly so they raise in wide neat folds.
For this project you will need:
I choose a fabric with poison dart frogs for my chemistry classroom.
Step 1: Cutting the Fabric
Step 2: Hemming the Edges
Stitch all the way around the rectangle. You can either use a color that blends into the background of your fabric, or a contrasting color. If you use a contrasting color be careful to sew straight seams as you will see the stitching on the right side of the fabric.
Step 3: Adding the ribbon
The minimum number of strips of ribbon for a curtain on a roman shade are two, and the window in my classroom door is very thin so I used two. If you are going to use this type of shade for a more standard sized window I recommend you use three. This can also be done for wider areas like sliding glass doors, there you will need more ribbons. The spacing of the ribbons depends somewhat on the stiffness of your fabric.
Step 4: Sewing on the Rings
I used a hand sewing needle and thread that blends into the background to attach the rings. You want to sew the rings onto the ribbon, not all the way through to the shade fabric.
I choose fewer large folds for my shade, but this should be chosen to match your taste.
Step 5: Stringing the Cord
- Start at the bottom ring on the side opposite to where you want the hanging cord to be.
- Securely tie the cord onto the bottom ring.
- String the cord up the side of the shade through each ring until you get to the top.
- String the cord through any other top row rings (my example only has two columns of rings so that is one additional ring).
- Allow several inches of excess cord and cut the cord.
- Start at the bottom of the next column of rings.
- Securely tie the cord to the bottom ring.
- String the cord through each of the rings until you reach the top.
- Make sure the shade is laying flat and that the cord is not bunched anywhere.
- Tie together the end of the first cord you used and the cord from the second column near the top ring.
- Cut the second cord so its tail is the same length as that of the previous cord and tie the two tails together at the end.
To decorate the pull cord you add a few beads for color if you wish. Now have someone help you hold up the shade and pull the cord to make sure it rises in neat folds. It is easy to go back and fix the stringing of the cord if something is not working correctly.
Step 6: Hanging the Shade
I also used two smaller removable adhesive hooks to use to hold the cord while the roman shade is pulled up.
Here is the final result!