How to Make a Roman Shade With Roller Clutch System

SKU: X-HT-300207



High-end style meets handy functionality! This unique and clever window treatment truly delivers the best of both worlds. Enjoy the beauty and style of a Roman Shade with the convenience and ease of use of a Roller Shade clutch system. This easy DIY will transform any window in your home into a functional fashion statement. Make a Roman Roller Shade with complete hardware kits and a detailed how-to video from Sailrite®. We’ll show you how!

It’s never been easier to make your own Roman Shade with help from Sailrite. We now offer Roman Shade Roller Clutch Kits, which are complete hardware kits containing all the supplies you need to make your own hybrid Roman Roller Shade. The only items you need to supply are decorative and lining fabrics. The finished shade rolls up and has pleats for a gorgeous, expensive-looking window shade, but it conveniently uses a beaded chain to raise and lower the shade for an easy and smooth operation.

Sailrite has done all the prep work for you. With our Roman Shade Roller Clutch Kits, all you have to do is choose the decorative and lining fabrics that complement your home decor, and you’ll be on your way to making your own stunning Roman Shade in as little as a few hours. We chose Waverly® Sun N Shade Santa Maria Jewel, which is a large-scale damask-like fabric featuring bright and bold flowers and leaves. Its excellent UV protection and fade-resistant qualities make it a great choice for window treatments. We paired it with Waverly Sun N Shade Sunburst Snow for the lining, another excellent fabric for window treatments with the same sun protection qualities as our decorative fabric.

To make this an even easier and faster DIY, we’ve done the math for you! Using our Fabric Calculator, simply enter your window and fabric dimensions and it will calculate how much fabric you need to purchase so you don’t buy too much or too little. Our handy Fabric Calculator will also give you your fabric cutting dimensions, accounting for hems and seam allowances, as well as the breakdown of your finished pleat and segment dimensions.

In our video tutorial, we’ll show you a clever way to eliminate the tedious job of hand sewing the lift rings in place by using Hog Ring Pliers (#100950). We’ll also show you a few tricks for using a Micro Basting / Tacking Gun (#121579) to close the ends of the rib pockets and tack the lining to the decorative fabric, thus cutting down on sewing time and speeding up the assembly process to make this a quick and enjoyable afternoon DIY. Plus, we’ve got a neat trick for “training” your fabric to pleat nicely since your shade is not going to fold and pleat perfectly right away.

  • Measuring Window & Using Calculator — 1:17 min.
  • Cutting Decorative Fabric to Size — 3:09 min.
  • Sewing Hems on Decorative Fabric — 7:54 min.
  • Cutting Lining Fabric to Size & Hemming — 15:02 min.
  • Measuring for Rib Pockets — 23:09 min.
  • Sewing Rib Pockets — 26:20 min.
  • Inserting Ribs in Pockets — 31:30 min.
  • Finishing Top Edge of Shade — 33:46 min.
  • Tacking Lining to Decorative Fabric — 39:25 min.
  • Inserting Bottom Rod in Sleeve — 40:52 min.
  • Securing Rings, Ladder Safety Tape & Lines — 41:52 min.
  • Building Headrail & Roller Clutch System — 47:09 min.
  • Installing Roman Shade — 52:26 min.
  • Training Roman Shade to Fold — 57:49 min.
  • Materials List — 58:43 min.
  • Roman Shade Roller Clutch Kit from Sailrite (kits vary in size)
  • Decorative Fabric from Sailrite
  • Seamstick 1/4” Basting Tape for Canvas & Upholstery #104167
  • Thread from Sailrite (we used Coats Dual Duty XP® Tex 30 General Purpose Thread)
  • Lining Fabric from Sailrite (we used #653900)
  • Micro Basting / Tacking Fasteners #121580
  • Wood Board 1” x 2” x width of finished shade
  • Clear Acrylic Ruler 6” x 24” #102400
  • Multiuse Pins 1-1/2” #102985
  • Gingher® 8” Scissors Right Handed #19104
  • Deluxe 5-1/2” Magnetic Sewing Guide #103579
  • Micro Basting / Tacking Gun #121579
  • Hog Ring Pliers #100950
  • Spring Clamp #50211 (or large office binder clips)
  • Sewing Machine, Tape Measure, Straightedge, Pencil, Iron, Marker, Wire Cutters, Hacksaw, Drill and Bits, Phillips-Head Screwdriver, Stapler