DIY: Fixed Flat Fold Roman Shade

June 2, 2010

Hey everybody, how’s your week shaping up ?  Mine is soooo full of activity -  I’ve got one daughter finishing kindergarten and another graduating from high school this weekend – how crazy is that ?  It makes for plenty of excitement around these parts. 

Last week, I finished the laundry room makeover, and many of you inquired about the window treatment.  Here’s the play-by-play on how I made this fixed flat fold shade.


cg flat fold shade


The room is on the second story and never in need of darkness.  I’ve made roman shades before, but this time I made it a fixed shade.  Yep, it’s true, this one’s a big fat faux, fake & phony – it doesn’t go up and down.   I wanted just the ‘look’ of a functioning flat fold roman shade since I never intended to raise or lower it for light control.   When I was researching fixed shades online, I found this fantastic tutorial by Darby and I was completely inspired.  

This is a very simple sew project that anyone can do, if you can sew a straight stitch on a sewing machine.  Since this is an outside mount shade, I measured the width of my window (48”), then added 2 inches on each side.  The total width of the shade = 52”.  I allowed one inch extra on each side for the hem = 54” before sewing the liner and fabric together. 

On a large flat surface, layer your blackout liner on top of your decorative fabric (the upside down version of what you see), then smooth out any ripples or bubbles and pin them together.   Sew together on three sides with straight stitch on sewing machine. 

stitch blackout to fabric


hem sides

Next, pin your fabric to your liner every 12” horizontally and every 8” vertically.  With a sewing machine (or by hand), stitch your liner to your fabric using a complementary thread.  Do this to avoid puckering, to secure your liner to your decorative fabric, and to prevent your liner if from pulling away from your decorative fabric when it hangs above the window.  

tack fabric

With a functioning shade, this would be achieved by stitching the loop tape and rings to the back, but since this is a fixed shade, the small stitches are essential to ensure your fabric hangs without sagging.   

If adding decorative ribbon, do so with complementary thread or no sew fabric glue. 

fabric glue 2


To create a crisp corner, pinch the ribbon and fold it under the horizontal side – secure with a sewing machine or fabric glue. 

corner ribbon

When your ribbon and fabric glue is dry, lay out your fabric on a large flat surface to  create your folds.   Once you’ve determined your folds, measure the fabric to make sure your shade is length that you want for your window treatment. 

measure length


After you measure the folds, stitch them together on the sides with a needle and thread. 

stitch folds


I also loosely stitched the folds together along on the back of the shade to prevent sagging in the middle.   

stitch folds together


Insert a dowel rod at the bottom of each fold to keep a smooth line across the bottom.

    insert dowel rod


Staple your fabric shade to your strip of wood and you’re ready to hang it up !

To secure to your wall, lift the fabric and screw the wood directly into your wall studs. 

staple to wood strip


That’s it, a simple sew project that adds a fixed fabric window treatment to your space !

cg laundry room after


cg flat fold shade


If you want to create a fully functioning flat fold shade, you can buy a kit which includes the cord, cord lock and cleat, screw eyes, tape and rings – I’ve spied them at Joann’s and other fabric stores – the kit includes all the instructions to make a roman shade – OR . . . you can also check out this functioning roman shade I made last year for my master bath !

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