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June 27, 2012

DIY Roman Shades

When we moved into our current house, we needed window treatments for our larger-than-standard-size windows and I was not about to pay to have them custom made. When I saw Jenny, from Little Green Notebook, post about making shades with mini-blinds, I knew that this little diy was right up my alley. Want to do it, too? Here’s how…

Grab a box of mini blinds in the width of your window. You don’t need anything fancy–just cheap-o blinds. To start, let the blinds out and cut off all of the thin strings that connect the slats. Don’t cut the thick cord that lifts the blinds! If you cut this cord, your blinds won’t work.

Take off all the slats, except for a few. I made my slats every 9 inches, so I only needed 4.

Pull your blinds all the way up and measure the pull cord to the length of your window. Ours was about 43″ and we measured to 45″, just to have a little wiggle room. Now, tie a knot in your cord at that length. When you let the blinds out, they will be the correct length. (My smart husband figured that one out. Time saver!)

Lay your ironed fabric out, face down, and lay the blinds on top–also face down. I laid mine on a drop cloth because the liquid stitch tends to soak through and ruin your linoleum floors. You know, hypothetically…

Start at the top. Fold your fabric under, center the blinds on the fabric, apply a string of liquid stitch to the shade, and lay it down on the fabric.

Once you lay it down, it will look something like this…

Measure down 9″ (I measure bottom to bottom) and attach your first slat with the liquid stitch. Make sure you have consistent measurements on the edges of your slats/fabric, as well.

When you finish attaching all the slats, simply fold the sides over and tack the fabric to each slat. Leave the top open because you will need to slide the top rail into the brackets on the wall.

When you are finished, the back should look something like this.

We haven’t hung these up, yet, because I plan on adding something to them (Don’t worry, I plan on sharing!), but this is one that I did for my bathroom. Fav-o-rite.

What do you think? Do you plan on tackling this project? It’s seriously easy and saves a pretty penny.

Enjoying the Good Life,


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  1. LOVE THIS! Could you post a picture of what it looks like pulled up?

    • goodwillsc

      Absolutely! I will try to do that today.

  2. I love this idea! I desperately need to make some for my bathroom. I’m considering this method so I don’t have to spend a ton! Hope you have a great week. Come visit and enter my giveaway.

  3. I love the chevron!

  4. this looks so fabulous, but still too daunting for me. i love the fabric and the way it pops with the turquoise wall!

    • goodwillsc

      It’s really not hard! I am not a fan of difficult projects. lol

  5. I love these! They look great…thanks for sharing!

  6. Ok, I know I just “met” you but can I say I love you? I wanted to do roman shades for my bathroom and kitchen but the cost for the custom ones was outrageous!! I had no idea you could use the cheap mini blinds to do this:-) Hooray for being able to make my own now!!! You have been pinned:-)

    • goodwillsc

      You’re too sweet! That’s exactly why I did them, too. Not about to pay for custom shades when I can do it myself!

  7. I did this project too! I love the chevron print you chose! I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to it correctly, so I avoided any type of stripe print. 🙂 Here is a link to mine if you are interested. 🙂

  8. Love ’em, Kendra!

    That chevron fabric is just perfect!

    Featuring these on the FB page today! : )

    • goodwillsc

      Thanks, Abbie!

  9. This is a great idea and a great tutorial. I am your newest follower.

    I have a Blog Hop, and I would love it if you would link this post. You can find it at
    It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  10. I love this! Inexpensive but still classy.

  11. Stunning! I love anything black and white and the chevron pattern is perfect for that color combination.

  12. Ok, you made that look sooooo easy! I love the look!

  13. Hi Kendra, I just found you from Flaunt It Friday – nice to meet you! We have icky blinds galore in this house and I’ve always thought there should be a way to attach fabric to make shades – thank you!!
    Question – So essentially you’re reversing the blind strings from front to behind the fabric, right? And do you have pics of how you finished wrapping the fabric at the top?
    Thanks! Nan

    • goodwillsc

      Hi Nan! Yes, that is right. At the top, we just folded the fabric under and tacked it to the bracket with a liquid stitch. I plan on posting an update with more pictures on Wednesday! : )

  14. wow you are such a genius!! i would never’ve thought about taking the blinds apart like that! do you think this would still work for wider windows?

    i would love for you to link up with Get Your Craft On at the Gilded hare:

  15. Oooo….cool! I love the using the old blinds thing. I just finished making some DIY roman shades and would have loved to have that option. But aw well. I’d love to have you link this up to Titus 2 Tuesday this week on Cornerstone Confessions. Hope to see you there!


  16. Thank you for the easy to follow tutorial. I’m getting ready to try this in my master bedroom, but am so nervous about chopping my blinds up!

  17. This has been on my list to do in the bathroom, I just love how yours turned out and the print in gorgeous. Thanks for linking up.

  18. Love this idea! You make it look so simple!! And I love that fabric glue stuff…you could easily glue lining on the back as well. Thanks for sharing!!!

    • goodwillsc

      Lining is a great idea!

  19. Wow, it looks great! Visiting from Savvy Southern Style!

  20. What a wonderfully AMAZING Roman shade!!!! LOVE the tutorial and I will for sure be trying this!

    I really hope you are planning on sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! 🙂

    • goodwillsc

      Thanks, Christine! I would love to share it!

    • Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! I can’t wait to see what you link up this evening! 🙂

  21. Hi

    just wanted to let you know that i’m featuring your project on my blog this week! check it out here:

    have a good day!!

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  23. This is my next project on my list! I have 2 bathroom windows, 3 kitchen windows and 2 guest room windows that I need to do. How much glue is needed per window? Thanks for the info and the DIY!!


    • goodwillsc

      Great question! I used one bottle on 2 shades and still had a little leftover. I would love to see pictures when you finish them!

  24. Looks awesome and easier than other tutorials I’ve seen. Would love it if you would share at my link party:

    • goodwillsc

      Thanks for visiting and for inviting me to link up!

  25. Congrats!! You have been featured at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! Come on over and grab your featured button 🙂

    • goodwillsc

      Thank you, Christine! : )

  26. I love your project! Here from Johnny In A Dress, now blog-stalking you 😉


    • goodwillsc

      Thanks, so much, Tanya!

  27. I have been wanting to do something like this for our bathroom window…you’ve just inspired me! Love how yours turned out!

  28. LOVE THIS! Featuring it next week at Pretty Things Thursday! I so need to make this for the kid’s bathroom! You are so talented! Thank you so much for linking up to Pretty Things Thursday! I can’t wait to see what you share next week!

    Natalie from Johnny In A Dress!

    • goodwillsc

      Thank you, so much, Natalie! You are so sweet!

  29. I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog via Thrifty Decor Chick! This is an amazing project, it looks awesome. 🙂

    • goodwillsc

      Thanks, Aimee!

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  31. Oh my goodness! This is perfect…I so need this right now, and I have 2 old sets of blinds like these! Thank you so much!

  32. I am SO glad I came across your blog! This tutorial is going to save my life! I have red chevron fabric in the mail for my boys toyroom and I know these have a better chance at surviving then they do if I let them drape to the floor! Thanks for sharing!! Would love if you came and shared at my first party!!


  33. I have a question about how/where you mounted these. Did you mount to your upper trim, or is it mounted above the trim on the wall? I’ve never been able to figure out exactly how to do an outside mount. Thanks!