How To Make A Top-Down Bottom-Up Roman Shade

12 Comments on How To Make A Top-Down Bottom-Up Roman Shade

  1. sharon sylvester
    August 7, 2009 at 9:58 am (8 years ago)

    dear jenny T are you going to do bed sheets & bed throws ect in the future.

    • Jenny T.
      August 7, 2009 at 12:59 pm (8 years ago)

      Yes! In fact, come late this year or early next year, there will be a 6 month series on sewing for the bedroom. It will include bed throws, comforter covers, bed skirts, drapes, roman shades, pillows, sheets… etc.

  2. Betty
    August 17, 2009 at 7:37 am (8 years ago)

    Where can I find the step-by-step instructions for making ‘top-down, bottom-up’ roman shade. From the video I cannot figure out how to attached the blind to the wall to enable the top to be lowered. Can you advise me.

    Thank you.

  3. Betty
    August 17, 2009 at 7:40 am (8 years ago)

    From your video “top-down, bottom-p’ blinds, I cannot figure out how to attach the blind to the wall. Where can I find step-by-step instructions, with pictures, for this blind?
    Thank you.

    • Jenny T.
      August 17, 2009 at 8:05 am (8 years ago)

      This video is simply a bonus add-on video to the How To Make Roman Shade video series. These instructions show you both in video and in illustrated instructions how to make and install a roman shade. The videos show you how to make a standard roman shade. But after watching the entire tutorial and then watching this bonus video again, you’ll be able to easily change the top hem and the installation of the cords.

      Click here to go to all the roman shade videos and instructions on this site.

      Or you can go to

      Hope this helps

      Jenny T.

    August 20, 2009 at 3:10 pm (8 years ago)

    I have tried this shade as describe, but its very confusing to me i will prefer to see u demonstrate it in a video as you did the others, the bottom is coming up but the top is not some thing seems to be wrong i went over the video again and again and i get the same problem

    August 21, 2009 at 2:35 pm (8 years ago)

    thanks for your quick response, I string the cords to right for the bottom string the cords to the left for the top and i not the cords on the left to the top rings and the bottom rings also so tell me where i went wrong am really want to know

  6. Jenny T.
    August 31, 2009 at 12:57 pm (8 years ago)

    The problem must be in how you are tying the lift cords to the rings. The cords to the left should be tied to the top rings only. These cords are not threaded through any shade rings at all. They will simply lower the top edge of the shade to the window sill.

    September 5, 2009 at 5:34 pm (8 years ago)

    thanks again i now know where i went wrong you are wonderful, i had threaded the cords through the shade rings.

  8. fetz9702
    July 8, 2014 at 8:16 pm (3 years ago)

    Thank you so much. I understand perfectly!!!!

  9. Patty
    May 10, 2015 at 10:30 pm (3 years ago)

    If you do a top down Roman Shade do you end up seeing all of the cords when it is lowered

    • Jen Thoden
      May 21, 2015 at 5:05 am (3 years ago)

      Yes, you would see the 2 side cords that raise and lower it. For a top down roman shade you can’t have the interior cords so this style is really not ideal for wide windows.


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