Easy Roman Shade Tutorial- Using Old IKEA shade

By The Style Sisters - Thursday, February 19, 2015

 Roman shade tutorial-using old Ikea shade-The Style Sisters
While visiting my sister last week we decided to give her family room/eating area a makeover using little to no money of course!

 I can't wait to show you all the fun things we did!!

We started with making Roman Shades

before- white roman Ikea shades
This is the before... Old white IKEA Roman shades that Tiff has had for years! 
We were going to make new shades from scratch using her new fun bright and bold fabric but I figured out a way to use the old shades as the lining and the old hardware 

Step 1- Remove old hardware: Take apart the top of the old shade by unscrewing the eye hooks and removing wood bar

Step 2- Layout desired fabric pretty side face down and lay old shade on top with hardware side facing up. 
Easy Roman shade tutorial-using old Ikea shade-The Style Sisters
Note: I just taped the eye screws to the old shade and left the strings in place but slide the string out of the eye screws otherwise the strings twist all up when you screw them back into place.

Step 3- Cutting Fabric: We cut the fabric to allow for turned in sides and a large hem. We decided to cut the fabric about 26" wide and 76" long to give us enough to roll over and make a pocket for the wood piece to go through up at the top and a nice large hem
(because the original shades were a bit too short after Tiff had washed them)
Step 4- The sides: We wanted to have finished looking sides so we rolled the pretty side of  fabric over about 1/4" and then again about 1" or so to meet the inside edges of the old shade, then iron and pin them all the way down. Then sew all the way down on each side.
 (in the photo the top fabric shade is sitting on top of the other cut fabric for the second shade)


Step 5- The top: I ironed the old shade fabric smooth (since it had been sewn up all these years), I  rolled over the top edge of the fabric about a 1/4" and ironed, then I rolled the fabric over the wooden bar (to get the correct measurement for a pocket)
 Remove the wood bar, pin in place and sew across to create a pocket for the wooden stick to sit in.
 Note: Mark on your fabric where the holes are in the wooden bar so you can replace the eye screws once the fabric has been sewed.

If you forget to mark the spots you can kind of feel around for the holes with your fingers and stick the eye screw back in and twist tightly.

**** MAKE SURE you put the wooden bar side with multiple holes on the side where you want all the the cords to gather and to hang down. We chose the right side for both shades. 

Step 6- The hem: Tiff wanted her Roman shades to hang a lot longer than the old ones so we made sure the hem would be nice and long. When we cut the fabric we made sure we would have enough to turn the fabric under 1/4" on the edge and then fold the fabric up 4" until it met the end of the old shade. Pin and stitch in place.

Easy Roman shade tutorial-using old Ikea shade-The Style SistersEasy Roman shade tutorial-using old Ikea shade-The Style Sisters
Re thread the cords and you are done!!
Or so we thought but when we tried to pull the cords to get it to fold up we noticed it was heavier than it was originally so Tiff added a third cord and another eye screw to the center.
 Use a very large needle and some cording...stitch it up through the center using the same areas as the old cording..it took maybe a minute to do this. 

Easy Roman shade tutorial-using old Ikea shade-The Style Sisters

To help the shade learn where it was supposed to fold...we pulled up the strings and ironed the folds.
Easy Roman shade tutorial-using old Ikea shade-The Style Sisters

We bought small "L" shaped hooks to attach it to the door 
TA DA!!! So dang cute!!
Easy Roman shade tutorial-using old Ikea shade-The Style Sisters
Tiff is thrilled with her new Roman Shades that cost practically nothing!! 
The Colorado sun has bleached the trim on the doors...we need to paint!

If you have any questions please let me know...it is tricky writing a tutorial so I hope it makes sense.

Karin :)

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  1. Thanks for the invite, I linked up a older post, I hope that was ok, its one of my favorite projects, I love you blog and love the roman shades you made in another post. Hugs Maria

  2. These are just wonderful! love the fabric, thanks so much for linking up to SYS!

  3. Beautiful! This looks so amazing. Pinned and tweeted. We love to party with you, so I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm.. Have an amazing day! Lou Lou Girls