How to Make Hobbled Roman Shades

What You'll Need
Facing material (purchase a piece of fabric that is at least twice the length of your desired shade length)
Lining material (same length as facing material)
Roman shade lifting cord
Hobbled roman shade ring tape
Roman shade ribs
Sewing machine
Color matched thread
Tape measure
Sewing pins and accessories

Hobbled roman shades are great way to add a little something extra to drab or tired looking windows. Roman shades are not only great looking, they allow you to control privacy and are even an effective form of insulation for your window. Making your own hobbled roman shades is much easier than you think, and this handy how-to guide will show you how.

Step 1 - Measure Window Space

Measure the size of your window to determine how long and wide the shade will need to be.

Step 2 - Measure and Cut Facing Material

Measure and cut the facing material. Cut the material to a width that is 3 inches more than the width measurement of your window. Cut the length of the material to a length that is twice (2x) the desired finished length of the shade and add 24 inches. For example, if the desired length of the shade is 48 inches, cut the facing material to a length of 120 inches (2 x 48 + 24 = 120).

Step 3 - Measure and Cut Lining Material

Measure and cut the lining of the shade to a width that is 1 inch narrower than the window measurement. Cut the length of lining the same length as the facing material.

Step 4 - Sew Facing and Lining Together

Lay the facing and lining materials together and align the right sides together. Sew them together with a 1/2 inch seam. The, turn out and press.

Step 5 - Fold, Press and Sew Bottom Hem

Fold the bottom edge of the panel up 4 inches. Make a straight seam and press. Fold the panel upward another 4 inches and press again. Sew the hem in place.

Step 6 - Marking Folds

Measure up from the bottom of the shade 12 inches inches and mark on both sides. Then, create another mark exactly 1 inch higher than the first mark.

Step 7 - Keep Marking

Continue making measurements of 12 inches and 1 inch, starting at the first 1inch mark (13 inches from bottom of the shade). Do this all the way up the shade material.

Step 8 - Create and Sew Casings

Fold the shade material (right sides together) along the first 1 inch marks and the sew. Continue doing this along the entire length of the shade. This will create 1/2 inch casings.

Step 10 - Pin Rings

Pin the outermost ring on the ring tape to the bottom of the shade material. Choose a ring that is 6 inches way from the first and be sure to pin it just above the rib casing. Continue pinning rings the entire length of the shade in this way. If you will be using more than one lift cord, do the same for each cord casing.

Step 11 - Sew Ring Tape

Use a zig-zag stitch to sew the ring tape at each pinned ring in order to affix the tape to the shade material.

Step 12 - Run Lift Cord

Run the lift cord through the shade rings and other hardware.