Sewing: Basic Flat Roman Shade Construction

Fiber Arts

Sewing: Basic Flat Roman Shade Construction

Learn techniques for making your own Roman shades.

Meeting Times
  1. Sat, 9/23/2023 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Sat, 9/23/2023


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No Prerequisite, Class

Fiber Arts Studio



Roman shades are a practical and versatile addition to any décor. They can be sheer, lined for more privacy, lined for blackout, or interlined with flannel for insulation. 

You'll construct a sample size shade using techniques that can apply to many shade style variations. Learn how to measure your own windows for shades and methods for installing them. You'll also discuss fabrics and linings appropriate for different shade styles.


You can bring your own sewing machine, or use one of BARN's.


You will complete a lined 25" x 25" sample Roman shade, made from linen.


A $45 materials fee, included in the cost of the class, includes precut linen fabric, cotton lining-wrapped wooden headrail with hardware, lath baseboard, shade cord, and shade rings.


If you are going to use a BARN machine, you must have completed Orientation to Fiber Sewing Machines. 

Class Policies

Ages 14 and up are welcome.

BARN Policies

Instructors or Guides

Laurel Sprigg

Laurel Sprigg brings 30 years of experience running a premier, high-end residential drapery workroom in San Francisco. She has collaborated with many top designers over the years to create beautiful and durable window treatments in fine houses in California, Idaho, Colorado, Oregon, and Hawaii. Known for the best quality sewing, Laurel has made all kinds of curtains, shades, bed covers, pillows, table covers, and slip covers. She has written articles for Threads magazine on pillows and slip covers and has taught textile history and textile applications for interiors for the University of California at Berkeley Extension Interior Design and Architecture Program. She has lectured for the San Francisco Design Center, Academy of Art College, and the College of Alameda Design and Merchandising Program.

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