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Roman Shade Safety Testing Results – Podcast

Here about Shade Safety Test – Podcast and Workroom Tech Blog

Shade Safety Test.. Past with flying colors!  Listen to Podcast

Listen to Ceil and Susan chat about Roman Shade testing results, are you fabricating safe roman shades for your home?

What products are safe to used?

We are highly concerned about shade safety and safe shade products that our DIY customers are using.  Take a few minutes and listen to the latest findings about safe products that you can use when making roman shades.

Update your older roman shades with new products to make them compliant with todays standards.

Few of the new safe products that passed the shade safety test.

  • Ladder Tape
  • Encased Lift Cord
  • Ring Locks
  • Cord Tension Devices

Roman Shade Safety Testing

Ceil Weiss Guglielmo Owner of Sew Much More Podcast

Susan Woodcock Owner of Workroom Tech in Tryon, NC

2019 Upcoming Roman Shade Classes

Hobbled Roman Shade Master Class with Deborah Cornin Feb 20-21, 2019  

In this class, you will learn to make beautiful, operable hobbled shades with three unique methods. You will create one traditional hobbled shade with pockets out of sheer fabric, one without pockets which also can be pleated-to-pattern, and one flat-back, reverse mount with blackout lining. Plus, Deborah will have a show-and-tell of stationary hobbled valances. You will create class samples following tried-and-true techniques that Deborah has developed over many years of shade making.

This class includes:

  • Measuring the windows, and finding common denominators for multiple windows
  • Tips for planning for both inside, and outside mounted shades
  • Calculating sections and folds, and determining yardage
  • Fabrication steps to achieve both quality, and efficiency
  • How to work with pattern motifs
  • Materials and tools to streamline fabrication
  • Methods for managing large pieces of fabric on the worktable
  • Fabricating to meet cord safety standards
  • Hassle-free board-mounting steps
  • Best lift systems to use for these styles

This is an advanced class. Students must have completed Custom Shades: Level I or have practical knowledge and experience with shade making, and using an industrial sewing machine.

Blackout & Banded Roman Shades Master Class with Rosemarie Garner Feb 22-23, 2019

Blackout & Banded Roman Shades Masterclass with Rosemarie Garner

Blackout and Banded Roman Shades Masterclass

Friday, February 22 – Saturday, February 23, 2019

9:00 am – 5:00 pm with 1 hour lunch on your own.

Instructor: Rosemarie Garner

*This class has met the minimum number of students. Only 3 spots left!

In this class, you will complete one blackout shade with inset banding on the face, using Rosemarie’s favorite techniques for adding ribs and no pinholes of light. Your shade sample will be outfitted with the motorized wand lift system from Pro Design LLC. You will also complete a stationary, relaxed shade with blackout lining and attached return end flaps.

This class includes:

  • Fabrication steps to achieve both quality, and efficiency
  • How to add ribs to blackout lining
  • Materials and tools
  • Methods for attaching rings to eliminate pinholes of light
  • Creating templates for ring spacing
  • How to make and apply inset, mitered banding
  • Fabricating to meet cord safety standards
  • Board-mounting
  • Adding end flaps and valances to hide the operating system
  • Attaching the shade to a motorized lift system

This is an advanced class. Students must have completed Custom Shades: Level I or have practical knowledge and experience with shade making, and using an industrial sewing machine.

Buckram Fold Roman Shade Workshop with Susan Woodcock April 6, 2016

9:00 am – 5:00 pm with 1 hour lunch on your own.

Instructor: Susan Woodcock

In this one-day workshop, you will learn a brand new shade method developed by Susan Woodcock. This style of shade uses buckram, instead of ribs, to add structure and body to the shade folds. Students will complete a buckram-fold blackout, Roman shade with cord shroud and the EZ-Rig(R) lift system, and a sample of an interlined shade with translucent buckram. You will leave this class with the skills to add this new, efficient shade method to your workroom business. This style of fabrication creates a beautiful shade every time!

Topics covered include:

  • calculating yardage
  • linings
  • corded window covering standards and safety
  • hemming and finishing techniques
  • shade lift systems
  • professional tips

This is an intermediate to advanced level class. Students should have some experience and practical knowledge of Roman shade fabrication.

Stay in touch with news about shade dafety test.


Fall DIY Decorating Ideas

Fall DIY Decorating Ideas

Runner Up Late Table Runner

falltable runner

Looking for a cute table runner to decorate a table for Halloween? This is a easy and perfect project for you!  This is just one of the clever DIY ideas we wanted to share.  You can sew this project or I would use double sided NO Sew Sealah Tape and just tape the fall ribbons down to the base fabric.   You can go to the Runner Up Late Table Runner for complete instructions

Trick O Treat Bags

Don’t want to buy flimsy trick of treat bags?  Well here is how you can make your very own!  Wonderful for kids on Halloween.   You can find the instructions by Via HemMenIN






DIY Quilted Halloween Pillows

Melissa at POKADOT CHAIR will share her tutorial about making quilted pillows.    She came up with these ideas for all the pillows several months ago, like any project it good to plan ahead because the normally take a little longer than you expect.  Just a TIP.. Make sure you have all your supplies before you start any project, it will me much more enjoyable and you will finish faster.

cute halloween pillows


No Sew Halloween Banner

Here is another one favorite DIY decorating ideas with this easy Halloween No Sew Banner.  You can make your shelf or mantle look absolutely spooktacular and friends will be so impressed. For the easy NO Sew directions just sneak over to Close To Home . Just use a iron on fabric stabilizer to give your fabric stiffer banner effect.

Spooktacular halloween banner


Here are some unique fabric pumpkins that can liven up any home, whether it be for Halloween or Thanksgiving. (Via Sadie SeasonGoods) 

These ar easy Fall DIY decorating ideas.  It is very possible to just glue bandana fabric to a store bough pumpkin but it wouldn’tbe as soft and touchy as the pumpkins below.




Fall Flannel Shirt Pillows

Fall Flannel Shirt Pillow

This fall flannel shirt pillow can be made as a fall accent pillow or some sewers prefer to make beautiful Memory Pillows from shirts were once worn by some special.  When flannel is wash it gets softer with age and some flannels will make you feel cuddly and maybe even require a nap.

HSD Flannel Shirt Pillow Instructions


A memory pillow can be made from a simple flannel shirt. It’s especially easy to make if you are using a button-down shirt.

You’re going to need the following materials for your project:

  • 16″ to 18″ ultra poly down blend pillow insert
  • Button-down flannel shirt, larger shirt to create larger pillows
  • Sewing machine and serger if possible
  • Matching Thread or something close to your fabric
  • Sharp Scissors, I prefer Kai Scissors hands down!  I have been sewing home decor over 20 years and you will never regret purchasing Kai Scissors.

Download Free Instructions

Easy Fast Method:

  1. The first thing you’re going to want to do is turn the flannel shirt inside out. Cut the front and rear layers at a time so it can be immediately pinned so it all stays lined up nicely. When you cut out the square, ensure that you avoid the that buttons. It’s best to mark the back buttons with a piece of tape. This can also help center them in the pillow.
  2. Cut the square 2 Inch larger than the finished flannel shirt pillow size.


  • Finished pillow size 16” square
  • Your Pillow insert will be 18” square (normally the insert is 2” larger than the finished pillow)
  • Your cut size will be 17” x 17” which will allow a ½” seam allowance
  1. Sew the squares (front and back) together.
  2. Un button the opening and turn the shirt pillow right side out
  3. Insert the pillow inside of the pillow cover and button it back together.
  4. This pillow is very easy and below I will show a little more detail to making this Flannel Shirt Pillow.
  5. There is no right way and no wrong way to make this pillow. Most important is that your happy with your project.

Download the instructions for a Flannel Shirt Pillow below:

  1. Select a few flannel shirts that match your décor. You can pre-wash them if you want.  I just pressed the shirt and removed the wrinkles. love the Reliable Velocity 200IR Iron .

If you’re not sure about measurements you can cut a square piece of paper or Skirtex for a pattern and place it on the shirt front, it is easier to cut the shirt apart on the side seams and around the sleeves to create 2 pieces of fabric.

I wanted a contrast color for the back of the pillow, so it s you to use the yoke on the back of the shirt for accent.

flannel shirt pillow

Remove the yoke from the shirt leaving ½” below the top stitching on the bottom of the yoke, press the fabric towards the wrong side and you can just top stitch the yoke to the pillow back fabric.

flannel shirt pillow

Stitch the yoke to the fabric along all 3 edges and pin in place if needed.  I prefer to serge or over lock all raw edges of  both the top and bottom fabrics.

flannel shirt pillow

Now pin both fabrics squares right sides together and stitch all 4 sides allowing a ½” seam allowance

flannel shirt pillow

Unbutton the buttons and turn the pillow right sides out. Then you can insert the pillow insert in to your new flannel shirt pillow

Flannel Shirt Pillow


Voila, now you have a beautiful Fall Flannel Shirt Pillow

flannel shirt pillow

Continue to remember the special people in your past or close friends from the past.  You may be unsure of what to do with their clothing after they have passed away. It can be particularly tough to throw away clothing they wore a lot, connecting them to your memory. Here is an easy way you can turn their clothing into a visible reminder of them for years to come.

Download PDF Instructions for Fall Flannel Pillow

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.

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Duvet Cover Snap Fasteners

Duvet Cover Snap Fasteners

Does your duvet insert slide to the bottom of your duvet?  How to keep the duvet insert in place?

Easy as pie with Duvet cover snap fasteners!  Sew the fasteners on each corner of the duvet and the insert and I recommend 2 snaps on each side, the bottom and top of the duvet.

Duvet Snaps can be purchased at Home Sewing Depot.  Duvet cover snap fasteners

Here is a duvet we made several years ago, the insert always stays in place because we used duvet snaps on each corner and 2 on each side and 2 on the top and bottom of the duvet.

Duvet Cover with Duvet Snaps

duvet cover with snaps
Using duvet cover snap fasteners will prevent the shifting of the duvet insert. You should sew the duvet cover snap fasteners to the insert and the duvet.

Sew Duvet Snaps

Sew all the corner snaps on first and then divide the space between the corners by 3 : Example 120″ wide divided by 3 =40″ so your snaps would be snaps would be sewn 30″ apart.   90″ Long and the snaps would be 30″ apart.

Sewing Duvet Snaps


Turn the duvet cover wrong side out and sew the snaps on at the seam lines.  Sew the snaps to the duvet insert approximately in the same place or close.  There will be some wiggle room between the cover and the insert.

How to turn the duvet right side out with the duvet cover snap fasteners?  Snap all of the snaps together then start from the opening and fold the duvet back over the duvet insert, turning it right side out.  Turning the bottom layer as you go, you will eventually have the right sides showing and the insert in place on the inside of the duvet.

Below are pictures of a mini duvet and duvet insert with Duvet cover snap fasteners sewn to both the duvet cover and the duvet insert.

Duvet cover wrong side outDuvet Insert with Duvet Cover insert snaps