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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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