Build a Bottom-Up Roman Window Shade Build a Bottom-Up Roman Window Shade

What You'll Need
Fabric: The size of the window. Cotton and linen are popular
Lining fabric: The size of the window, plus 1/2 yard extra.
Sewing machine
Tailors chalk
Dowling rod: 1 1/4 inches less than the blind width and as many as the pockets you intend to sew
Blind rings: 3 for each doweling section plus three for the top
Velcro: width of the blind
Wooden batten: width of the blind
Blind cord: Add width and length of the window and double for the cord length

Roman blinds add a relaxed, decorative, feel to a room whether pulled up or closed. A bottom-up window shade is easy to make and works by raising the bottom as the cord is pulled. They are made of several loops of fabric attached to a single lining piece. 

Step 1 – Measure and Cut the Fabric 

Measure the total length of the window and divide that number by 5. Add another 1 inch to allow for seams. The width of the fabric depends on how you want to hang the shade.

Match the right sides of the fabrics together. Pin and sew the sides and bottom of the raw fabric edges together with a 1 inch seam. Do not sew the top at this stage. Turn right side out and press. 

Step 2 – Mark the Sections 

Make a mark with the chalk ¼ inch from the top edge. From that spot, mark where the section intervals (where the dowel rods will go) will be. Sections are usually placed about 12 to 15 inches apart. The last section should be half the length of the others.

Step 3 – Creating the Pockets 

Cut the extra lining fabric into 3 inch deep strips, one for each section. If you have lots of sections, you may not have enough lining fabric and may have to buy more.

Fold the strips, right sides together. Leaving one end open, pin and stitch a ½ inch seam down the side. Turn right side out and press.

Sew these dowel pockets onto the main panel at the places that you marked, horizontally and through all the layers of fabric. Place the dowels in the pockets and sew the open edges closed with needle and thread. 

Step 4 – Finishing 

Sew the blind rings 1 inch from the ends of the dowel pockets and in the middle of the width on the lining side. Pin a 1 inch seam, turned onto the lining side, at the top. Then, sew the loop side of the Velcro to the top of the blind.

Glue the hook side of the Velcro to the batten. Attach screw eyes to the underneath of the batten, in line with the blind rings. Attach a screw eye on the drawing side of the batten. Stick both sides of the Velcro together.

Cut the cord into 3 equal lengths and attach a length of blind cord to each of the bottom blind rings. Thread all the cords through the screw eye on the drawing side, then through the blind acorn. Knot and trim.

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