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Formal Shade

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 2006


Deep bottom pleats and a patterned fabric give this shade an elegance suited to traditional rooms. It's designed to remain partially raised, accentuating its lovely form. A lightweight cotton liner instead of blackout fabric lets the floral design sparkle in the sunlight.


  • Fabric

  • Iron

  • Pins

  • Sewing kit

  • Tassel


  1. Determine the size you want the shade to be; add 16 inches to the width and 18 1/2 inches to the length. Cut fabric and lining to size. Complete steps 1 and 2 for the Classic Shade.

  2. Fold fabric to create a 3-inch-wide pleat along each long side of fabric; iron and pin. Cut a dowel long enough to fit between pleats. Insert dowel through opening in bottom hem, slide between pleats, and sew a running stitch around it to keep it in place.

  3. Hand-stitch rings in 4-inch intervals along the rear fold of each pleat. Attach batten and cording as for classic shade. Pull cords so bottom 10 inches of shade are gathered (the bottom hem will be drawn up the back side, thus concealing it). Slide cords through lock and condenser. Tie a knot, trim 2 cords, and slide condenser over knot. Take out pins (the pleats will be held in place by batten and dowel). Attach tassel, mount shade, and arrange gathers.

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