I may have thought I was crazy for doing the first five roman shades in our house but I really think I hit a new level of crazy with this one. It may very well be the last roman shade I ever sew (at least for a long time).
This project took me months to finish of off and on work. The intimidating size coupled with the tedious work made for a project that I just wasn’t motivated to finish. But this last weekend I finally finished the last steps and got this shade hung!
I wanted to save a little money on this shade so I was trying to use things that I already had. Since I already had some 45″ wide white cotton I used that for the half of the lining. Since my window was wider than 45″ wide I had to piece fabric to make it wide enough.
First I cut down my fabrics to about the right height. I had two strips for each layer.
Then I had to cut one of the strips for each layer down the center lengthwise. Then I just sewed these two half size pieces with the full size piece in the center to make it wide enough.
Once all the layers were pieced together I had to cut down both sides so each later was the right total width.
Here’s a snapshot of what the main fabric looks like. I wanted the shade to be white but a little more interesting than a plain. It’s basically a white on white pattern that it’s obvious from a distance but it does add a little interest.
Really from there on I just follow the steps that I previously did.
This time for the header board I wanted to stain it instead of covering it with fabric like I did before. Sine the window I was putting it in is fully framed in wood I thought it would blend in a little better that way.
Once I had the header stained and the mounting hardware on I marked for the rings.
Another small difference in the header was that I added an extra ring close to the right edge where I planned on having the pull cord come from. In the past we mounted one in the window frame so this was just a little bit of an upgrade.
Just like with the curtains I had a really hard time taking good photos because of the lighting.
Here’s a close up shot of the two fabrics.
It may look a little less than fantastic in pictures but I’m so happy to finally be done.
It’s nice to finally feel like the window is finished out and to have a little more privacy for this room if I ever need or want it.
Seriously, after almost 6 months I’m glad to call this done.
Anyone else tackle a project multiple times over and finally decide that you’d done one too many?
**Update: I’m converting this room into the sewing room but I’m keeping this roman shade, just changing up the curtains.