New Bedroom Draperies – Phase Two (Hobbled Shades)

I’ve always loved hobbled shades.  Since the old way of making them was too labor intensive for my interest, I only looked longingly at pictures and didn’t try to make them.

Hobbled Shades Tutorial @

When I found the cotton bloom fabric last year, I knew Roman shades were needed for our bedroom.  Since that time, I’ve found products that make it easier to sew the hobbled shades.  I decided it was time to give them a try.

DIY Hobbled Roman Shades

You may remember when I completed phase one of the new bedroom draperies – the white double-pleat panels.  That was five months ago!  I never intend to be slow, but it seems to be my thing.  I’m very prone to getting side-tracked.

Do you get sidetracked, too?  My theory is that it’s a symptom of a creative mind.

Hobbled Shades Pulled Open

I don’t know if you remember, but this is what our windows looked like before I began the transformation last September.  These were functional shades we had in our house in Georgia for about ten years, and we raised and lowered them daily.  After adding the top portion to make them longer after we moved and using them another seven years, it was time for them to go!

Bedroom London Shades

The London Shade

When I bought the cotton boll fabric during my spell of textile love, it was on sale.  Since I didn’t know exactly how I would use it, I bought the remainder of the bolt – over 9-1/2 yards.  So, I had plenty of fabric for a bath treatment, too.

Master Bath Hobbled Shades

See my Manic Over Textiles post for a close-up of the cotton boll print.  It’s puffy and pure white and soft – just like the real thing.

I ran the draw cords through a catch mechanism for easier raising and lowering.  Absolute privacy isn’t a must in The Land of Making Do, but it’s nice to have the option to close off our windows. The easier, the better.  HH doesn’t do fussy!

In a later post, I’ll show you how the catch mechanisms work and how you thread the cords through them.  I highly recommend the catch mechanism.

Master Bath Shades Open

I share tutorials for making these hobbled shades in three different posts.  With quite a lot of information about Roman Shades in general, I’ve broken it down into manageable topics for each post.  For my beginning post on the basic construction of most Roman Shades, go here.  Step two is next, with Hobbling the Hobbled Shade.  The final step in making hobbled shades is covered in Stringing Any Roman Shade.

You’d think I’d be finished with the bedroom after phase two, but I have one more phase to go.  There’s a tiny treatment needed for the door that opens out onto the porch.  I hope it doesn’t take five months to do that!

Oh, yes, back to my question.  Do you think it’s theory or fact that creative minds get side-tracked easily?

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  1. Dolly w says

    I’ve wanted to make roman shades forever, hope your help and instructions can give me the courage to do them! Thanks!

    • Kim says

      I hope so, too. They are so useful and can be very pretty. I have several more shades to make, so there might be something coming soon that you might want to tackle. 🙂

  2. says

    I have never heard of “hobbled” shades, but I do know about Roman shades which are what we’re planning for my Mom’s kitchen and for a couple of rooms in our house. I’m so psyched that you were able to actually create them!!! Great job! Wish I shared that talent!

    • Kim says

      Hobbled is a type of Roman shade, but it has extra fabric between the rings. Hence, the name. Just a different sort of look – softer, I think. Thanks, Alycia! 🙂

  3. says

    Kim, those are lovely. I will be doing windows in our new home, eventually! ha. I get side-tracked very easily, also. And I agree with you, it’s a creative mind thing. 🙂

    I just might try these in our master bedroom where the sun shines in early in the morning! Currently, we have vertical blinds on all windows. Ugh. Can’t wait to change them out, but I must have patience. I don’t even have a couch yet! lol.

  4. Sheryll & Critters. says

    I was going to ask what hobbled shades were myself.. long time seamstress against my will the later years. lol I have done Austrian…. which are not difficult, unless they are wide and then you have a ton of fabric to pull and push around while sewing. I made some years ago out of ….. well now I forget, but it was a somewhat heavy fabric for Austrian shades and a LOT of work to pull around and deal with….. I made them for someone for free and never even got a thank you….. well not from her, but everyone else I got praises….. but she was the one that hurt my heart for not showing any appreciation. Oh well, we live and go on. lol

    • Kim says

      I’m sorry that happened to you! Yes, Austrian shades are a ton of work when they are for a large window. I made a huge one for someone who was moving to Vienna. 7 feet wide by 8 feet tall, I believe, and I had to have it crated and shipped. I never saw the windows I was covering, and I still have no idea if they were satisfactory after installation. But, they are beautiful shades. You were being very generous to make them for free!

  5. Sheryll & Critters. says

    Oh yes, I adore Roman Shades, but I want the “Top Down/Bottom Up Roman Shades” and can not even afford the hardware, much less decent fabric…… so I have compromised……. fabric to cover my top of wall, then ties, then cafe style on the bottom.

    The hardware was and is just too expensive for me…… so I changed my plans. Everything now is on that one metal rod across the room and my panels are just on the walls and NOT the windows…. then the windows are as I said, sort of a my way cafe style. Does that make any sense?

    • Kim says

      I think I understand what you mean. You’ve come up with some very creative solutions. Great going! 🙂