Craftsy Class Launch: Sewing Custom Roman Shades is Live!

In March I visited Denver, Colorado to film a class for  What an exciting opportunity!  From the time I received the call from Linda, the acquisitions editor inviting me to teach the class, to the last day of filming; every step of the process was professional and fun.  Prior to filming, I met weekly (online) with my producer Colleen, to create a detailed outline and prepare for the video.  I had the assistance of a talent coach who offered great advice for working with two cameras and dealing with the change in altitude.  I felt very confident by the time we were ready to film, but I was still very nervous!

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A peek behind the scenes. This studio was chosen because it already had a window. A prop window was also used.

Filming took place over three days with Colleen directing and filming and Brandon and Max, filming and mixing.  A talented team that made me feel comfortable in an unusual environment filled with lights, cameras, computers, microphones and other studio equipment.  I had to talk to one camera and “show” to another camera.  This took a little practice!  Luckily they were all very patient, and worked tirelessly to make sure every detail was clear and easy to understand.


Here I am on-set, showing how to measure a window.

The big day is finally here!  My class, “Sewing Custom Roman Shades” is open and ready for students!

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This class is for the DIY audience, not the professional, so my challenge was to teach how to make Roman shades with supplies that the average person could find at her local home improvement or fabric store.  I visited stores in my own neighborhood, to see what I could find – and made the decision to teach a basic shade that was simple, functional and of decorator quality.

As a professional, I understand that cord-safety products are mandatory for the shades I sell, and I have a wide variety of options available; shade components, sewing supplies and lift systems that are not sold at retail. But only a few of these products are available at retail to the DIY market, and online only.  I hope that one day more and more of these products will be available in kits for sale at retail, but until then I am proud to have the opportunity to reach out to the DIY market, and to teach how to make a Roman shade while at the same time sharing cord safety information, resources and advice.

If you are not familiar with, you should check it out!  Classes are offered in sewing, quilting, cooking, cake decorating, fine art, photography, gardening and much more at very reasonable prices and for all levels of experience.  It truly is the best online source for learning something new, or fine-tuning your skills.  You can view a preview here:  See video

Craftsy presents a variety of advantages over live classes and other online education venues.

• Classes are yours to keep–watch any time and as many times as you like.

• Classes are interactive, so you can ask your instructor and classmates questions.

• The production team ensures the videos for every class are of the highest quality so technical details are easy to see.

• Every class is equipped with helpful features like video notes and 30-second repeat.

• You can share projects for feedback and tips, or browse for inspiration.

Join me for “Sew a Custom Roman Shade” using this link. I look forward to seeing you on the Craftsy platform!


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  1. Linda Lazic at May 10, 2014 09:23:55

    I just completed Susan’s “Sewing Custom Roman Shades” class at Craftsy and now feel confident that I will be able to make Roman shades for my own home. Susan’s instructions are clear and concise and she seems to be wonderful at responding promptly to students’ questions. I’ve taken numerous Craftsy courses and this is among the best. Well done!

  2. HomeDecGal at May 12, 2014 02:51:24

    Thank you for the glowing review! You made my day. :)
    I am so happy that you enjoyed the class and look forward to seeing photos of your finished Roman shades.
    If you have any questions let me know, I am happy to help.
    With Warmest Regards, Susan

  3. Freda at May 12, 2014 06:54:22


    I launched your course a couple of days ago, and am extremely impressed with it so far! You have laid everything out so professionally and clearly that a novice like me feels confident jumping right in! I also see that you recently offered a webinar on drapery trimming, which I’m interested in as well. Is there a way to purchase access to the recording, and is it the same price as the live webinar?


  4. HomeDecGal at May 12, 2014 07:07:31

    Hello Freda,
    Thank you for the kind words. I am so glad that you are enjoying the class.
    The drapery trimmings webinar is scheduled for May 29th at noon EST. The live webinar is $45 and includes handouts of the projects. Here is a link for the live webinar:
    The recording will be available for sale on my website after the live event and is $35, no handouts are included with the recording but you can view it as often as you like.
    If you would like to follow HomeDecGal on facebook, I keep updates about classes and webinars on my page.
    Thank you!

  5. Sabrina at Jan 18, 2016 02:09:41

    I’m so disappointed that this class is no longer available. Do you know if they will be rereleasing it in the future?

  6. Susan Woodcock at Jan 18, 2016 05:28:36

    Hello Sabrina,
    I don’t believe Craftsy will rerelease this class but I do hope new classes, with more current shade safety products will be offered in the future. I will have shade projects and how-to’s in my new book which will be published this summer. You can also see shade making information on my youtube channel. If you have any questions I am happy to help.
    Best Wishes,
    Susan AKA HomeDecGal

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