how to make cheap roman shades

When decorating and renovating the home to give it a new look, curtains are usually one of the first elements that we tend to repair, since they are a key element that can modify an entire environment, adding color and style.

Among the possible options, Roman blinds are ideal for small environments, since they do not take up much space, they can be folded vertically and adapt to windows of all sizes, without taking up more space than the dimensions of the same opening. Also, unlike conventional fabric shades, it can generate different levels of light depending on the height you choose to give it.

They are made with a fabric panel that has an internal system of horizontal rods sewn at regular intervals inside so that it can be folded like an accordion, becoming a simple, practical and stylish option. They are recommended for fixed or sliding windows, but not those that open inwards

Also, making them yourself is not as difficult as you think. In this note you will learn how to make your own Roman shades cheaply and easily. Dare to do them!

  • 1 folding plastic blinds
  • window size fabric
  • fabric glue
  • Scissors
  • ruler and pencil
  • Needle and thread or sewing machine
  • Measuring tape


1. Take the measurements of the window and cut a fabric of the pattern or color you like according to the size you need, allowing a few extra inches on each side. Make a small inward hem to prevent the fabric from fraying with use.

2. Take the blind, open it on a flat surface and cut the strings that hold the slats together, being careful not to cut the longer inner strings that run all the way through the center. Now remove the last bar, leaving only the first slat and center strings.

3. Measure where you want the slats to be on your roman shade, i.e. how many pleats you want it to have. In this case, for a 42-inch-long fabric, one ribbon every 7 inches has been calculated. Then trace lines on the back of the fabric with a ruler according to this measurement.

4. With the fabric glue, stick the ribbons on the lines you have drawn, trying to make it as straight as possible and that the fabric is well stretched (if not, you can iron it first).

5. Now you must pass the central ropes through the holes of the glued strips, as if you were weaving. You may need to pull them away from the fabric a little to do this.

6. Reattach the lower bar you removed earlier as well, threading the strings through the holes and making strong knots at the base to secure them.

7. Finally, if you want you can hide the top white bar with an extra piece of fabric.

And ready! Hang your curtains wherever you like, mounting them on the window or the wall.

In the following video (in English) you will see the step by step and in detail a similar way to build these curtains, in which you will not even have to remove the lower slat:

And you, where would you like to place them?