Ever since moving into our new house,
we knew we needed to deal with the issue of the
large south-facing windows along the whole back
wall of the house.
In the summer, the heat was simply sweltering, and seeing
that we don't have air-conditioning, the sun streaming in through
all of those huge windows certainly didn't help. In the winter,
it was a funny mix between too-cold and too-hot as the windows
both leaked cold air and let in the winter sunshine.
So, we came up with a temporary solution:
|Nail in the moulding+some sheets=a little bit better!|
valid as a long-term solution. We wanted to put up shades at some
point, and knowing how expensive it would be to purchase them,
Mom and Dad asked me (Grace) to make the shades for our dining
room. Here's how I did it.
Step 1: Find instructions! I used the instructions on Terrell Designs
to make our Roman Shades.
[Note: Terrell Designs is going out of business in a few weeks,
and then the website will no longer be available]
Step 2: Find fabric. We purchased our fabric from Joann
(strategically couponing, of course!). For the front fabric we used the
Clermont Jewel pattern by Richloom, and for the lining we used
Econosheen by Roc-Lon (both in the Home Decor fabric).
|Initial mock-up of the shades to test sizing|
each set of windows - one shade for the middle pane, and a shade
for each of the side windows that open on their own.
|Mom and Dad helped tremendously with cutting the fabric.|
Working with such large pieces can be pretty tricky!
|I was blessed to be able to use my wonderful grandmother's wonderful|
|It's hard to tell here, but the front fabric and the lining have been|
They help the shade to fold properly when it is pulled up
(you'll see how nicely the shade folds up at the end of the post).
|Using all manner of books to weight down|
the battens as the glue dries :)
with muslin, with velcro stapled to the front and pulleys screwed
into the bottom side.
|Installing the pulleys.|
|Using the pulleys to mark the location of the lift rings.|
when sewing on the lift rings, we hung the shades in the basement.
|Quite a production! Roman shades hanging up for sewing, peppers|
hanging up for drying, hickory nuts and more peppers drying
on the ping-pong table.
|This step was definitely a group effort - here is Mary sewing away!|
|The young men even pitched in!|
|From the back....|
|From the front.... We had to be careful to use thread that matched|
the front fabric at each specific lift ring location.
|Sometimes you have to get creative :)|
the lift rings, we brought the headrail upstairs to screw it into the
After! One set of shades,
Two sets of shades,
All three sets of shades!
|Ready to hang the second set|
process works, here are a few more pictures:
|The top of the shade is "closed" using the soft side of the velcro.|
|The "rough" side of the velcro is stapled to the front of the headrail|
|After the shade is partially attached with the velcro, I thread the lift|
cord through the pulleys and through a special piece of hardware
called a cord lock pulley, which keeps the shade raised when the
cord is pulled.
|Braiding the extra length of cord|
|The cords are finished off with these stylish|
|Here they are when raised!|
And here is a quick demo of the shades in action!
Hope you enjoyed this little walk-through!