DIY Roman Shade Using Spoonflower Fabric

When we first moved into our current house more than 10 years ago, I had lofty ambitions to create custom window treatments for every room. I managed to sew drapery for our living room, kitchen, and dining room, and even sewed a roman shade for our bathroom. Then, the busyness of life got in the way, and those plans came to a halt.

For years, I’ve wanted a patterned roman shade in my office, but paying the hefty price for a custom one was something I wasn’t willing to do. Last week, I finally tackled this long-awaited project, and I’m thrilled with the results!

DIY Sew + No Sew Roman Shade | Satori Design for Living

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To backtrack a bit, I came up with the idea a while ago to start a new series where a small group of bloggers would be given the same medium to work with. It would then be up to each of them to decide what they wanted to create or decorate using it. The premise was:

“What can you do with…?”

To kick this series off, I asked Jamie, Jennifer, and Beckie to show what they could do with 2 yards of fabric. (You’ll get a sneak peek of their beautiful projects in a bit.)

I was thrilled when Spoonflower agreed to jump on board for the first round of this series. Each of us were able to select 2 yards of linen-cotton canvas from their amazing selection of prints. After spending way too much time on Spoonflower’s site (it’s so easy to get lost in all the goodness!), I settled on a modern trellis fabric called Claudette. When it arrived, I was very impressed with the quality.

Claudette Linen Charcoal fabric on Spoonflower

DIY Custom Roman Shade

Creating your own custom roman shade isn’t difficult, just time consuming. If you’re going to attempt it for the first time, I suggest starting with a solid color or small pattern for your fabric. Using a large-scale print like I did requires very precise measuring to get everything lined up just right. Also, if your window isn’t completely square, it’s better to forgo a large print.

The technique I use is a combination of “sew and no-sew” to give you professional results without all of the hassle. The deconstructed mini blind technique I’ve seen is great for blackout fabrics, but I’m not a fan of seeing the horizontal slats when the blind is down. The method I’m sharing today is perfect for semi-transparent fabrics when you want a bit of the light to shine through. You will only be able to see the tape slightly where the string runs through- so much better!


Note- these will make sense as you read through the instructions.

Fabric (width of your window plus 5/8″ seam allowance on either side) x (length of your window plus extra 5″ for hem, seam allowance and top)
Lining (same measurements as above- type will depend on transparency you want)
Thread (to match your main fabric)
Roman blind loop tape (sheer with nylon or plastic loops) (approximately length of window x width for every 15″ interval or so)
Nylon string/cord (same as roman tape yardage x 2.5)
1″ Eye Hooks (screw in metal type)
Board (I used primed pine- about 2 ½” deep x ¾” high x width of window)
Corner Braces- 2 (around 2 ½”)
Iron-on hem tape (width of window)
Dowel (just under width of window)
Cord/String cleat (around 3″)
Screws to attach the board, corner braces and cleat


Iron and ironing board
Sewing machine
Chalk or fabric pen
Measuring tape
Large square
Hand-sewing needle
Staple gun
Screw driver
Drill (optional)

1. Carefully measure your window and mark the cutting lines on your fabric (adding the allowances shown in the supplies list) using a square and chalk pen.

DIY Roman Shade Tutorial Step 1


2. Pin right sides together (leaving an opening where the top of the blind will be to turn right sides out after stitching) and stitch all around using a 5/8″ seam allowance.

DIY Roman Shade Tutorial Step 2


3. Trim the lining portion of the seam allowance down a bit all around the perimeter, as well as both fabrics at the corner.

DIY Roman Shade Tutorial Step 3


4. Turn right sides out and press all edges, turning the top edges (where you haven’t sewn yet) under. Pin in place.

DIY Roman Shade Tutorial Step 4


5. Stitch along the top edge of the fabric near the edge to close up the hole. Give it all a good pressing once again.

DIY Roman Shade Tutorial Step 5


6. Turn the bottom edge up 3″ to create the hem. Press in place and pin.

DIY Roman Shade Tutorial Step 6


7. Lay the entire piece on a flat surface with the lining side facing up. Measure 4″ up from the bottom and that’s where the bottom loop of your roman tape should start. Pin just in from the outside edge and work your way up until the top loop ends about 7″ from the top of the fabric.

DIY Roman Shade Tutorial Step 7


8. Repeat on the other edge, using a square to make sure everything is even. Pin tape to the middle portion of the fabric at even intervals (no more than 15″ apart) using the same method. After it’s all pinned on, double check measurements to ensure it’s as accurate as possible (this will determine how straight your roman shade will be when you raise and lower it).

Use fabric glue to secure the roman tape to the lining. Leave the pins in place to make sure the tape doesn’t shift. Let dry overnight.

DIY Roman Shade Tutorial Step 8


9. To keep everything secure, handstitch at each loop (catching the liner and outside fabric) only going around a couple of times and knotting on the lining side.

DIY Roman Shade Tutorial Step 9


10. Lay the board on its side all along the top of the fabric (lining side). Measure from the top of the board (where it touches the fabric) down to the bottom of the hem. This should equal the height of your window. Wrap the top of the fabric up and tack in place (this is a dry fitting to make sure the whole thing is square and the proper size before permanently stapling in place).

Have someone hold the blind up in the window (board at the top) and check for approximate fit. If everything looks good, staple the fabric in place at the top and remove the tacks.

DIY Roman Shade Tutorial Step 10


11. Lay face down and line a ruler up with the roman tape and measure ¾” up onto the board and mark. Screw a metal hook into the wood and repeat for every line of roman loop tape.

DIY Roman Shade Tutorial Step 11


12. Feed the string (cord) through, starting with the metal hook on the left side, working your way through the rest of the board hooks and then down through the roman tape loops until you reach the final loop on the bottom right hand side. Knot in place and melt the end with a lighter. Cut the long end of the string at the point where the string meets the bottom hem on the left side. Repeat until you’ve gone through each row of roman tape.

DIY Roman Shade Tutorial Step 12


13. Mount the board to your window frame (lining it up with the outside edge) using the corner braces and screws. You may want to mark and pre-drill your holes to prevent cracking. (Note: Your top screws only need to go into the board and your side screws will go into the window casing to hold in place.

DIY Roman Shade Tutorial Step 13


14. Check to see if the bottom hem edge is lined up square to the bottom of the window. Adjust as necessary. (Note: I allow mine to hang overnight before I do the final hem to allow it to settle in properly). Use the iron-on hem tape to secure the hem in place leaving room for the dowel to slip through. (Note: I do this by having someone hold the ironing board under the hem while I press it in place for higher windows). Let cool and feed dowel through.

DIY Roman Shade Tutorial Step 14


15. Mount cord cleat inside the window casing on the same side where the string hangs down (usually right hand side). (I usually mount mine near the center of the casing about ¾ of the way down from the top of the window.)

DIY Roman Shade Tutorial Step 15


16. With slack taken out of each string, grab the lengths in a bunch and begin to pull down. Folds will begin to appear (you may need to train them to start with). Wrap the cord around the cleat to hold in place.

DIY Roman Shade Tutorial Step 16


DIY  Sew + No Sew Roman Shade Tutorial | Satori Design for Living

DIY Roman Shade | Satori Design for Living

Now for the fun part!

Check out all of the other gorgeous projects using Spoonflower fabric…

Spoonflower Fabric Projects Collage

From left to right:

Envelope Pillow by Jamie at So Much Better With Age
Nook Makeover by Jennifer of City Farmhouse
Fabric Covered Lampshade by Beckie of Infarrantly Creative
DIY Roman Shade by Shauna of Satori Design for Living (that’s me!)

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Our Sunday Best Showcase- Link Party #12

Welcome to Our Sunday Best Showcase link party! Are you ready to look through some pretty amazing projects?

Before you link up, be sure to get acquainted with my lovely co-hosts, Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs, Aimee from Twigg Studios, and Nicolette from Momnivore’s Dilemma and ink & sky!

sunday best showcase link party, every sunday at 8am CST

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This past week, I was working on behind-the-scenes stuff (you’ll see very soon), and only managed to share a recipe for decadent double chocolate almond cookies. Thank goodness I have family coming this weekend to eat them up- so addicting!

Week 12 Projects on Satori Design for Living

Party Features

Today, it’s Aimee’s turn to share her favorites. Pretty and yummy sums them up!

aimee features

Birthday cake slice brooch shared by
Finished Fake Cake with flower toppers and blue icing Birthday Cake Slice Brooch DIY

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Double Chocolate Almond Cookies

Around here, we’ve really cut back on eating sweets. But, when I made these double chocolate almond cookies for my son and his college friends, I knew I was in trouble! Of course, I had to sample at least one to make sure they were good. That’s a mom’s duty, right? Believe me when I say these cookies are love (hate?) at first bite.

Double Chocolate Almond Cookies

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Before I share the recipe, I must warn you. The smell coming from your oven will have you hooked (kind of like when you walk past Cookies by George at the mall). Take one bite and it’s all over from there…

Double Chocolate Almond Cookies

1 cup butter
¾ cup brown sugar, lightly packed
½ cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup all purpose flour (I used nutri-flour “tastes like white” blend)
2/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
½ cup raw almonds, roughly chopped
¾ cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, beat together butter and both sugars until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla, and mix well.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Gradually beat into butter mixture.

Stir in almonds and chocolate chips until well combined.

Roll into balls (I used a small ice cream scoop to ration them out) and place at least a couple inches apart on the baking sheet.

Bake for 10-12 minutes (depending on size). They will be a bit firm on the top, but soft in the center (don’t over bake, as you want them ooey gooey on the inside). Remove from oven and let sit for a couple minutes before you transfer them to the cooling rack.

Makes 18 large cookies.

Chocoholic approved!

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Our Sunday Best Showcase- Link Party #11

Hello, and welcome to Our Sunday Best Showcase!

Before you link up your project(s), be sure to say hello to my weekly co-hosts, Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs, Aimee from Twigg Studios and Nicolette from Momnivore’s Dilemma and Ink and Sky. Lovely gals, they are!

sunday best showcase link party, every sunday at 8am CST

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This week, I shared my tips for going green at home, as well as my nature-inspired Easter tablescape that was part of a Canadian home bloggger hop. I can’t wait to see everything start to green up outside, you? It’s definitely one of my favorite times of year when that starts happening!

Week 11 Projects at Satori Design for Living

Party Features

A big thank you to everyone who joined the link party last week! Each week, I share some of my favorites on FacebookPinterestTwitter and Google+. Be sure to connect with me so you don’t miss a thing!

Today, it’s my turn to share the features.

Check out this lovely Spring & Easter tablescape by Besa GM.

Easy Spring and Easter Tablescape by Besa GM

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Nature Inspired Easter Tablescape

Easter is just around the corner, and I thought it would be fun to create a new tablescape for our family gathering. After this long harsh winter, nothing makes me happier than seeing the freshness and vibrancy of green mixed with natural elements of Spring. This year’s table is all about embracing simplicity.

Nature Inspired Easter Tablescape with Peat Pots

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Putting a tablescape together for Easter can be cheap and cheerful. I always like to mix the old with the new in any decorating project to make it interesting and budget-friendly. It’s all about layering and using materials with different textures and tones.

I started with a basic runner that I created out of a piece of cotton canvas. Tearing the edges and putting it through the washer and dryer was all it took to get the natural feel I was going for.

Nature Inspired Easter Tablescape with Peat Pots and Tulips


I set the table with my existing dishes and flatware, and layered some new yellow and white striped linen napkins that I wrapped in a bee-printed cotton ribbon from May Arts.

Nature Inspired Easter Tablescape with Peat Pots


I topped the napkins with simple peat pots that I filled with organic wheat grass I picked up at the grocery store. I  embellished the pots with jute string and a flag I printed out and attached to a chopstick. Here’s where you could mix it up a bit and use them as place cards instead. I plan on sending these Easter peat pots home with everyone as a small gift.

Easter Peat Pot Supplies


Here’s the Easter printable I created in a soft mint color. Simply click the image to get the PDF (or go here), print on cardstock, cut out, fold in half and glue to a chopstick, skewer or popsicle stick.

Printable Labels for Easter Peat Pots

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