How to Make Slatted Roman Shades

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You’ve probably heard of Roman Shades, but what about slatted Roman Shades? Often used to cover a window or closet, slatted Roman Shades include pockets that are sewn into the fabric to hold wooden slats. These horizontal pockets are visible when the shade is down and help to add a gorgeous visual appeal to your shade. From start to finish, we’ll show you how to measure, make and install your own slatted Roman Shades using tools and supplies from Sailrite®.

In a slatted Roman Shade, the slats also function to help create natural pleats in the fabric when the shade is raised. And while adding slats to a Roman Shade might seem like an outwardly complicated process, it’s actually rather simple. The shade that we made in our tutorial has a fabric lining, but we’ll show you how to make one with or without a lining depending on your preference. We’ve also used our slatted Roman Shades in the video to cover a closet because they lay flat and are very opaque, making them a great substitution if you do not have closet doors. However, these shades work great for windows as well, as the method is the same.

To help you decide how much fabric you’ll need for your DIY slatted Roman Shade, we have a handy Fabric Calculator to help you! Simply scroll to the bottom of this webpage and find the link titled "Fabric Calculator," and it will take you directly to the Sailrite® Fabric Calculator. Once you’re there, select “Window Treatments” and then click on “Slatted Roman Shades” to get to the right page. The final result is an estimation of how many yards of fabric you’ll need to complete your project. It’s really a great way to make sure you get what you need for a variety of DIY projects, but we also recommend that you double-check your measurements before cutting your fabric.

Don't forget, if you have any questions or concerns regarding your slatted Roman Shades, our customer support team is here for you every step of the way! Simply call, email or use the chat function on our website to speak with a knowledgeable representative. And if you're not a fan of the slatted Roman Shade look, we also have a variety of other shade projects in our "How-To" blog section under "Home Projects" that you can choose from.

  • Measuring Window – 0:40 min.
  • Cutting Decorative Fabric to Size – 3:55 min.
  • Cutting Facing Strip – 5:19 min.
  • Hemming Sides (if no lining) – 5:46 min.
  • Adding a Lining Fabric (optional) – 10:22 min.
  • Finishing Bottom Facing – 19:54 min.
  • Marking Segments – 28:17 min.
  • Sewing Slat Pockets – 34:33 min.
  • Finishing Top Edge – 38:53 min.
  • Attaching Rings – 43:05 min.
  • Making Headboard & Running Lift Lines – 47:34 min.
  • Installing Slats & Bottom Rod in Pockets – 57:32 min.
  • Installing Shade – 59:16 min.
  • Materials List – 1:02:44 min.
  • Decor & Upholstery Fabric from Sailrite – we used Covington Woven Ticking Denim Blue - #104904
  • Seamstick 1/4" Basting Tape for Canvas & Upholstery (36 yds.) - #122065
  • Thread from Sailrite
  • Lining Fabric from Sailrite - #120164
  • Nylon White Loop 1" - #471100
  • Hembob Tex 70 Style A White Polyester UV - #102016
  • Sew on Rings for Roman & Balloon Shades (Nickel) - #104469-NKL
  • Nylon White Hook 1" - #467100
  • Standard Screw Eye - #120034
  • Leech Line Dacron® 5/64" White - #21207
  • Cord Adjuster Orb - #120065
  • Cord Lock for Roman & Austrian Shades (Small) - #104468
  • Plastic Lift Cord Condenser White - #104470
  • Vase Shape White Wooden Blind Cord Tassel - #106673
  • Bottom Rod for Fabric Shades 3/8" - #104989
  • Wooden Slats – we used 1/4” x 3/4” x 8' Unfinished Pine Screen Moulding (from hardware store)
  • Headboard – we used Pine Wood 3/4” x 1” x width of shade (from hardware store)
  • Chalk Pencil Cartridge Set - #121669
  • Tape Measure 120" - #102986
  • Gingher® Scissors Right Hand Lightweight 8" - #101017
  • Clear Acrylic Ruler 6" x 24" - #102400
  • Sailrite® Canvas Patterning Ruler - #107040
  • Deluxe 5-1/2" Magnetic Sewing Guide - #103597
  • Sailrite® Ultrafeed® LS Walking Foot Sewing Machine (100-230V) - #300500
  • Sailrite® Ultrafeed® Industrial Sewing Table - #120934
  • Sewing Gauge Ruler 6" - #102995
  • Sailrite® Battery Operated Thread Burner - #122432
  • T-Square, Iron, Hand Needle, Sandpaper, Staple Gun & Staples, Screws for Mounting Headboard, Screws for Cord Lock