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WT Online: Relaxed Roman Shades

Instructor: Laurie Medford, bio

Thursdays at 12:00 pm EST on January 11, 18 and 25, 2024


In this three week online course you will complete two relaxed roman shade samples using different fabrication methods; a stationary basic, square cut relaxed shade and a flared hem functional relaxed shade using the VAKO 20.04 Slim Clutch headrail system.  A detailed list of what you will need will be emailed after registration.


  •   For the first class project you will provide your own face fabric, lining, board and weight bar. 
  • For the second project you will provide face fabric, lining, weight bar and VAKO headrail (or lift system of your choice).  Optional class kit ($75.00) includes: sew on shade rings, screw eyes, lift cord, weight bar cover tube,  Safe-T-Shade Forever Rings and Ring Locks,  cord adjusting orbs, Velcro  and safety warning tags.
  • Three 1-hour online, interactive lessons with instructor Laurie Medford, presented live and recorded to review later (with 3-months of access online after class is completed).
  • Written how-to instructions
  • Student discount on the VAKO 20.04 headrail system


Course outline:

Lesson One

  • Measuring the window
  • Pre-planning and fabrication options
  • Figuring yardage and working with pattern repeats
  • Selecting fabrics
  • Cuts and prep for the first project


Lesson Two

  • Sewing the basic relaxed shade
  • Board mounting
  • Dressing and installation
  • Cuts and prep for the second class project


Lesson Three

  • Sewing a flared hem relaxed shade
  • Mounting to the lift system with Velcro
  • Dressing and installation
  • Cord safety


This is an intermediate level course.  A fundamental understanding of sewing roman shades is required. Basic tools and supplies are needed to complete the project. In additon to supplies mentioned above, you will need: sewing machine, scissors, pins, iron, tape measure & ruler or yardstick, needles and thread and a staple gun and staples.  


Class supply kit fee includes free shipping in the continental U.S.

WT Online: Relaxed Roman Shades