How to Make a Hobbled Roman Shade
If you love the look of Roman Shades for your home then we think you’re going to love this twist on their classic design—a hobbled Roman Shade, sometimes called a teardrop shade. Like a typical Roman Shade, a hobbled Roman Shade looks stacked when it’s raised. Where they differ is that hobbled Roman Shades retain their pleats (or hobbles), even when the shade is lowered. These pleats add a little extra statement to your window.
To make this hobbled Roman shade we relied on the help of Sailrite® Fabric Calculator that was designed by Sailrite founder Jim Grant. This calculator figures out how much fabric you’ll need for your shade based on your window dimensions and the repeat of your chosen fabric’s pattern. The calculator also calculates all your dimensions like the width and height of each pleat so you know exactly how to assemble the shade.
The assembly process for the hobbled Roman Shade is similar to a regular Roman Shade, the loops on the back are just spaced in such a way as to create the hobbles. In this video you’ll see how to use the Sure-Shade Encased Lift Cord Shroud Tape, which can be used on traditional Roman Shades, too. This tape helps prevent the formation of hazardous loops that can cause injury to children.
In this video you’ll learn how to add a lining to your shade, mark the segments, add the lift cords, and finish and install the shade.
- Create the Shade Panels – 1:16 min.
- Cut the Facing Strip – 9:41 min.
- Secure Lining – 10:37 min.
- Finish the Edges – 13:26 min.
- Finish the Facing – 16:03 min.
- Mark Segments & Lift Lines – 23:18 min.
- Fashion Shroud Cords – 28:27 min.
- Mark Shroud Cords – 32:24 min.
- Attach Shroud Cords – 34:15 min.
- Make Casings for Ribs – 38:47 min.
- Cut & Insert Ribs – 43:03 min.
- Finish the Top of the Shade – 44:38 min.
- Fashion the Headboard – 49:27 min.
- Insert Weight Rod & Install Shade – 59:26 min.
- Materials List – 1:02:03 min.
- Home Décor Fabric (we used P/Kaufmann Adelaide Platinum Fabric #106598)
- Drapery Lining Fabric (we used this Roc-Ion EconoSheen White #120164)
- Seamstick 3/8" Basting Tape for Canvas #129
- Bottom Rod for Fabric Shades #104989
- Sure-Shade Encased 1.4mm Lift Cord Shroud Tape #106454 or #106455
- 1” Grosgrain Polyester Binding #105420
- Sew on Rings for Roman & Balloon Shades #104469
- Cord Adjuster Orb #120065
- Roman Shade Plastic 1/4" Ribs (5 Feet) #104987
- Nylon White Hook 1" #467100
- Nylon White Loop 1" #471100
- Standard Screw Eye #120034
- Cord Lock for Roman & Austrian Shades (we used the Small #104468)
- Plastic Lift Cord Condenser #104470 or #105503
- Cord Tassel #106673
- Staples for Staple Gun
- Pine board (width of finished shade x 1” x 3/4”)
- Sailrite® Ultrafeed® LS-1 PLUS Walking Foot Sewing Machine #300502
- Sailrite® Deluxe 5-1/2" Magnetic Sewing Guide #103597
- Gingher® Scissors Right Handed #19104
- Multiuse Pins 1-1/2" #102985
- Sailrite® Long Nose Upholstery Staple Gun #121411
- Tape Measure
- Straight Edge
- L Square
- Steam Iron & Ironing Board
- Masking Tape
- Wire Cutter
- Hand Needle
- Screw Driver
- Screws for Cord Lock & Installing Shade
- Drill and Drill Bit
You can find the unique hardware pieces to build a hobbled or classic Roman Shade in our Roman Shade Hardware category.
Warning: Cords can be hazardous, even fatal, to young children. Keep cords out of reach of children. Keep cribs, playpens, and other furniture away from cords. Do not tie cords together or allow cords to twist or loop together.
These instructions are intended for personal use. If making shades to sell or gift, they must comply with the latest safety regulations.