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FAQ Making Roman Shades

Questions About Making Roman Shades?

Here is a list of questions and answers that might help you when making roman shades!

Question: I have to make several roman shades and I’m using Pure White Linen and a white sateen lining. What is the best way to finished the side hems?

1. Tucking the fabric together like drapery side hems or

2. Laying the lining on top of the face fabric, placing it just short of edge and use adhesive tape or iron on tape like Do fix or Sealah Tape


1,  I personally prefer when making roman shades to marry the fabrics together while the are on the table with adhesive tape. The fabric is always straight/square and does not have bulk on the sides. If it is a inside mount, most windows have a slightly different width at the top and bottom.

2. I’m not a lover of fabricating Romans, but I’ve made many. I did a
house cross country that had many Romans, having the someone else take all of the inside measurements. Everyone of them fit perfectly. I’m an advocate of
folding in side hems of body, then fold in side hems of lining toward the
main fabric, making it 1/4″ narrower each side. It’s less bulky.

3.  2″ single fold side hems in fabric shades works really great, with the lining flat laid in, fold to fold. Serge the cut edges of the 1 3/4′” -2″ hem and hand sew or use a double sided adhesive like steam n seam or Sealah tape.  The rings also hlep secure the hems and lining. I like this low bulk method, when the shade is up the sides do not stack so differently from center of the shade. The longer the shade, the more the 4 + layer hem acts differently from the center, shades can look somewhat dippy in the middle. Hand sewing hems is not a faster alternative to fusible tapes, but not a huge amount of time either. Depending on how careful you are, a small bead of fabric glue can also hold hems in place, set the glue with an iron but high heat is not required.

Question: What is the best fabric to use when making roman shades?

Answer: We have found that natural fabrics like cotton, linen, hemp or a blend with mostly cotton will work for shades.

Polyester and acrylic fabrics are not always as trainable to create the soft folds in the shade.

Question: Which sew on shade ring is the best?Roman Shade Rings

Answer: You have 5 choices when it comes to selecting sew on shade rings when making roman shades.  My new tag line has become Buy Nice Not Twice!

  • Forever Clear Rings are the same size as the others but they are made with poly carbonate and will not break, crack or chip over time. ***
  • Acrylic Clear or Acrylic White Rings are UV resilient but over time they will crack or break.  Maybe your ready for a change anyway?
  • Brass Rings are 3/8″ ID and 9?16″ OD  Made of zinc and brass plating
  • Nickle Finished Rings 3/8″ ID and 9?16″ OD  Made of zinc and nickel plating

All the rings will work but I highly recommend that your use metal or Forever Clear Rings as the bottom rings when sewing them to your shade,  The bottom shade rings are the weight bearing rings and this is where you need the strength.

Question:  How Far a part  should my rings be?

Answer:  For child and pet safety it is recommended that the vertical space should be no further than 8″ a part.

RingLockRing Locks are the safest and least expensive way to protect children.  The ring lock prevents the cord from pulling out from behind the shade more than the 8 inches, therefore a child can not get it’s head inside of the vertical cord.

Ring Locks are are made from poly-carbonate and they are durable to use on any roman shade.

Question:  Where Do I Find Directions For Making Roman Shades

Answer: There is a lot of info on the internet but some of the things you read you will need to check out the facts.. It is out dated and the Safety Rules have change over the past few years.  There is always something new on the market that you can use to fabricate better roman shades.  So if you have doubts about what your reading feel free to contact Claudia.

There are easy No Sew Instructions on Home Sewing Depot No Sew Roman Shade

Send me your questions and I will try my best to find the correct answer or suggestion for your project.

***  polycarbonate (aka Lexan or Makrolon) and acrylic sheet (aka Lucite) are two of the most frequently used see-through plastics. … Acrylic is shinier and polycarb is stronger. Acrylic is less expensive but easier to crack. Polycarb is more impact resistant and UV resistant.

Ladder Tape For Roman Shades

Child Safe Ladder Tape

This is another inexpensive way to assure yourself that your fabric shades and roman shades are safe with small ones in the house hold.

Ladder Tape for Roman Sahdes Ladder tape is easy to  attach to your shade with just a few stitches and it stacks nicely when your shade is pulled up.   You can used any size shade cord in the ladder tape but the 1.4mm is the most popular size shade cord.  We suggest using a upholstery needle when threading the shade cord through the ladder tape,  much easier than doing it by hand and the eye is large enough for the 1.4mm shade cord.

We suggest your ring placement bu NO more than 8″ apart vertically and 12 to 15″ apart horizontally to keep your shade safe and supported when raising and lowering the shade.  (All depends on fabric weight and types of lining used)

1. Tack you ladder tape  to each ring (for lighter weight shades you could omit rings) you can stop the ladder tape at the uppermost ring.  Tie it off to the top and botton rings.

2. Using a large upholstery needle will make threading the shade cord through the ladder tape easier. buy ladder tape now

White Spooled Ladder Tape is available at Home Sewing Depot

10 Yd Roll 1/4″ wide and 5/8″ approximate spacing.

1000 Roll 1/4″ wide and 5/8″ approximate spacing.


Read about making a No Sew Roman Shade

Ladder Tape for Roman Shades

Ladder Tape on shadeSewing Ladder Tape on ShadesAdding Cords throught ladder tape





Roman Shade Ladder Tape complies with fabricating Safe shade products.

Thinking about making custom Roman shades for friends or maybe even clients?  The Workroom Technical School in tyron, NC is a great place to learn from the best in the industry.  Roger and Susan Woodcock opened the school during the fall of 2017 and they have a incredible list of classes and instructors on the agenda for 2018.

Make sure your compliant with the spacing of the shade ribs and folds, no further than 8″ apart although I can’t seem to find it in writing and checked CPSC  and WCSC.

Shade Photos are from Susan Woodcock @ Workroom Tech.

How To Sew Home Decor

How to Sew Home Decor

Would you like to learn how to sew home decor? Creating home decor projects for yourself or others is quite rewarding. Just think how some new slipcovers for the old sofa could lift your spirits. Or maybe surprise a friend with a custom pillow?
There are many resources to help you with your project. Youtube has videos demonstrating sewing techniques. Craftsy offers on-line classes taught by many well-known professionals in the Home Décor sewing industry. For example, Susan Woodcock, ‘the Home Dec Gal’, and Tammy Paradoski have videos to help you with your project.

Workroom TechIf you are looking for hands-on learning, the Workroom Technical Center is a great place to hone your skills. They also can help if you are interested in becoming your own boss and start your own sewing business. Susan and Roger opened the technical center last fall, becoming the only training facility for workrooms. At the Workroom Technical Center, you will learn to sew window treatments and more with step by step instruction in an actual workroom environment.
Introduction to Sewing Soft furnishings with Susan Woodcock is January 22-23, 2018. Valances and Top Treatments: Level 1 with Susan Woodcock Jan 29-31,2018 and more. Check out the incredible list of classes for 2018 at the Workroom Technical Center

If you want to learn how to sew home décor, here are a few home decor sewing classes on Craftsy. Winter is a great time to stay home and totally surround yourself with new sewing ideas and sewing techniques.


No Sew Roman Shade Instructions

Easy to follow No Sew Roman Shade Instructions

Pro Lift systemPro Lift System






Step by step how to create a no sew roman shade.  Free Instructions – Download Here

No Sew Roman shades can add accents, warmth and ambiance to any room.   They are great window coverings for any life style.  Use tailored panels, to create the softness around functional No Sew Roman Shades.   Perfect for small window and we offer hardware up to 19′ wide. You can down load the new sew roman shade instructions and use them as a guide to make a now sew roman shade.

Shop Here for Shade Supplies

Instructions Include:

  • Roman Shade Styles
  • How to Measure for Shades
  • How to Calculate Fabric
  • How to Pattern Match Fabric
  • Work Area – Square Fabric Shade
  • Step by Step Instructions for Making Shade
  • Cord Placement & Cord Locks
  • How to Install a Roman Shade
  • Child Safety Safety Measures for Safe Shade
  • Child Safe with Ring Locks
  • No Sewing using Sealah Tape Adhesive
  • Fast & Easy you can make a shade in just a few hours

Don’t be afraid! Start Today covering your windows with safe shades using our No Sew Roman Shade Instructions.

Ring Locks

Use Ring Locks® in conjunction with the Fashion Wand™ to insure fashionable, compliant, Cordless
Safe™ window coverings.RingLock
Features & Benefits

  • Saves significant time and money
  • Eliminates dangerous loops
  • Prevents crocking
  • Transparent components do not detract from your design
  • Creates perfect flat folds with every lift
  • Meets current safety regulations outlined by the ANSI

WCMA standards when used in combination with our Fashion Wands

Home Sewing Depot offers all the supplies needed to fabricate a no sew roman shade

shade supplies






RBS Roman Shade System

RBS Roman Shade System is the easiest to use!

RBS - Roman Blind SystemI have been using the RBS Roman Shade System for 15 years in my workroom and my clients love it!  NOW Available for DIY”ers,  it is so easy to add your shade to the RBS Roman Shade System.  Just make a regular shade whether is it sewn or a NO Sew shade and add the Velcro to the back side of the shade across the top.  We suggest using 3/4″ Craft and Hobby tape to adhere the Velcro to the shade, this prevents stitching lines on the front of your shade.

You can use the RBS Roman Shade system for inside mount or outside mount on your windows and doors.   We suggest using Ring Locks with the shade system for child safe blinds.

Important Facts about the RBS Roman Shade System

• Clean, Self Contained Headrail with integrated Velcro hook tape.
• Low Profile: Only 1-⅜” Wide x 1-½” High
• Extruded Aluminum – White Powder Coat
• Simple wall or ceiling mount installation.
• Patented Pull up drums for guaranteed smooth and level operation.
• Heavy Duty 1:4 Gear ratio will hold up to 40#.
• Maximum Shade Size is 228″ (19′) x 144″ (12′) as long as fabric is under 40# total. (See control unit info below.)
• Sleek and easy to use valance components are available.

 How To Use the RBS Roman Shade System

Watch the video by Anita at Helser Brothers out supplier of the RBS Roman Shade System.  Anita shows how easy it is to attach your shade to the system.

Weight Bar — Weight Bar should be cut 1″ (½” per side) smaller than finished shade. This is to prevent it from being readily seen if secured on the back of the shade or to make it possible to secure it within the hem. We will make this deduction when entering work order.

Shade Ribs are used to help the shade raise and lower smoothly and evenly without the need for adjusting and dressing. It makes for a very crisp, straight raising and lowering process. Spines generally are placed at each “line of rings” sewn horizontally across the shade. They will rest on top of the stitches used to secure the rings between the face fabric and lining.

Valance Assembly Parts — The Valance Assembly consists of brackets which snap into the top of the RBS assembly headrail, a “profile” that has Velcro loop installed on the front, and corner pieces used to create the return on an outside mount assembly:

• Valance Brackets — One every 2 to 2-½ feet. These snap easily into the top of the RBS headrail and the profile snaps onto the front of the valance bracket.

• Profile

Inside Mount Application:

The profile may be cut to the exact width of the finished RBS Assembly.

Outside Mount Application:

Tthe profile should be cut 1″ (½” per side) longer than the finished RBS Assembly. A plastic corner piece is
inserted on each side of the front piece and into a 2-½” piece that extends to the wall. The 2-½” return is not adjustable unless the
client is ceiling mounting the shade farther from the wall or using extenders to push the wall brackets further from the wall. The
price for the Profile is figured by adding the face width plus both returns, rounded up to the nearest foot. For Example: A 38″ Shade
would require 39″ + 2-½” + 2-½” of Profile or 43″ total and would be priced at 4′.
RBS – Roman Shade Blind System