How to Make a Hobbled Shade

How to Make a Hobbled Shade-11-1The hobbled shade falls into soft folds because it is twice the length of the Roman shade. The folds are held in place by twill tape.  Read about Roman shades before beginning this project. To determine the number of folds, subtract 3″(7.5 cm) for the hem from finished length of shade. Divide this number by 6″ (15 cm), the approximate spacing between folds, to get the number of folds. Round this figure to the nearest whole number. To determine the spacing between folds, divide the finished length of the shade by the number of  folds (as determined above). Cutting Directions Cut decorator fabric and lining as for Roman shade, doubling the length for both fabrics. Cut facing strip from lining fabric, S” (12.5 cm) wide; length equal to finished shade width plus 2″ (5 cm). Cut twill tape, length equal to finished shade length plus 3″ (7.5 cm). YOU WILL NEED Decorator fabric for shade. Lining fabric for lining and facing strip.’ Twill tape W’ (1.3 cm) wide. Notions: mounting board, plastic rings, screw eyes or pulleys, shade cord, weight rod, white glue, awning cleat and staple gun, as for Roman shade. 1) Follow directions for Roman shade,  steps 1 to 7, except space horizontal rows as figured above. Align tapes with shade; mark tapes at intervals halfway between rings on shade, beginning at top of rod pocket.

How to Make a Hobbled Shade-11-22) Pin tapes to the shade, lining up marks on tapes with marks on shade. The excess fabric between the markings forms folds on the right side of the shade. 3) Tack the rings in place, catching the tape and both layers of the fabric at each ring. Complete shade following directions for Roman shade, steps 10 to 16. {Credit} Singer sewing for the Home (copyright 1984-1988)