It is possible to make faux Roman shades from alternative materials such as wallpaper or wrapping fabrics, for an original and interesting take upon the traditional Roman shade designs. Roman shades are popular due to their ability to add elegance and sophistication to an aging room, as well as allowing the homeowner to adjust the amount of light allowed in the house. Roman shades come in a variety of styles, so making faux Roman shades should not prevent these blinds from adding character and style to a room. Using faux Roman shades means that you cannot raise or lower them, as with real Roman shades, but in places where this is not important, they add a touch of modernity to a room.
Making Faux Roman Shades
The first thing to do when making faux Roman shades is to measure the window. The inside casement should be measured for length and width at both the top and the bottom. The blinds need to be slightly thinner than the width of the window, so remember this when cutting your material.
Pick the material you would like to use in your window, whether this is wallpaper or ordinary paper - you could even use bubblewrap if you wanted to make quirky faux Roman shades - they would certainly be a talking point for guests. You need to include an additional inch along each side in order to provide room for seaming. The accurate width of the window should allow you plenty of room to sew seams, and around 6 inches added to the length should be enough. Sew or glue seams along the edge of the fabric in order to ensure against fraying.
You should also cut two pieces of ribbon or sash rope, each piece should be twice as long as the length of the window. These will be used as part of the pulley system. Leaving a gap of around 3 inches from the top, pin the ribbon to the fabric. You now have two ribbons dangling from the top of the faux roman shade. Then glue or sew the ribbon to equal spaces on the edges of the material. These ribbons should be sewn parallel to each other, in order to create an even appearance.
Fold over the top of the shade, so that the ribbon connection is right at the top, and make a space for the doweling rod to be inserted; add the rod, and sew or glue into place. Use this rod to hang your faux Roman shades from the window- this can be done by gluing the material to balsa wood, and then nailing this to the wall. Let the ribbons hang down at the front of the shade, and then lift or lower your faux Roman shades to the desired length, and tie or glue the ribbons in position. You can tie the ribbons together, in order to create a neat appearance, or you can allow them to dangle free, as though you had just lifted the blind to let in a bit of sun.