DIY Rod Pocket Awning Roman Shades

A window with roman shades.
What You'll Need
Tape measure with self-lock
Flat roman shade
2 adjustable tension rods
Hinged mounting arms for lower rod: cut from a 1 x 1-inch plywood plank and add 2 - 360-degree hinge fasteners
Gesso to stiffen fabric
Fabric glue, liquid or hot glue gun
Sharp scissors
Paint or trim as desired
2-inch color-matched wide grosgrain ribbon

Make an awning from your roman shades for a whimsical touch on any deeply recessed window in your kitchen or elsewhere. The awning will allow light in, keep sun glare out of the room, and maintain some privacy as well. You can make your rod pocket awning roman shade for the kitchen out of an existing roman shade using these directions.

Step 1 - Measure the Exact Location for the Awning

With the tape measure, measure where you want the awning's slope to end. Mark this location on the two cupboard walls between which the window is situated. Be absolutely certain the two marks are level. Mount the top tension rod brackets where you want the awning top.

Step 2 - Shorten the Roman Shade

Carefully measure the roman shade to adjust it to the maximum length you want. Allow an additional 4 to 6 inches for trim beyond the lower tension rod. Cut the shade carefully, leaving the lifting strings intact for the present. Sew a double seam across the shade below one line of the string channel rings: the new bottom rings. Knot the string ends into these rings firmly, and then trim off the excess lifting string.

Step 3 - Sew a Rod Pocket for the Lower Rod

Measure and cut a piece of the wide grosgrain ribbon to the width of the shade plus 1 inch. Sew in a 1/2 inch hem at both ends. Stitch the ribbon to the shade horizontally, with 1/4 inch seam allowance to create a 1.5-inch deep rod pocket.

Step 4 - Trim or Reshape the Hem of the Awning and Stiffen It

Use a saucer to draw a scalloped hem for your awning, and cut the fabric outside the drawing line. Turn up a 1/2 inch hem and glue it in place. Apply gesso to the reshaped shade to slightly stiffen all the fabric. Do not get gesso on the lifting strings. Allow the gesso treatment to dry overnight.

Step 5 - Make the Hinged Lower Rod

Measure down at 45 degrees from the awning mark on the cupboard edges to mark the hinge point for the arms. Cut 2 hinge arms from the wood pole the same length as this line, and fasten the spring rod mounting brackets to their tops. Affix the arms to the hinges, and screw the hinges to the cupboard walls.

Step 6 - Attach the Awning to the Two Rods

Put both spring rods through the rod pockets in the roman shade. Slip the top spring rod into the mounting hardware and extend the shade fully open. Attach the lower spring rod to the hinged arms. The lower spring rod will be pulled up to the desired fully extended position. Retract the roman shade awning by pulling on the strings. It should pull up, bringing the bottom of the shade up as well.