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DIY No-Sew Roman Shade

By Blissfully Ever After on Apr 17, 2013


In the new year, one of my 2013 home goals is to complete projects that were started but unfinished {can we procrastination here…ahem} from 2012. I like to think of myself as organized and put together and….but when it comes down to it, I like to take on a lot of projects…like every time I’m on Pinterest I start a new project and then rarely do all of them get finished. SO, long story short, I’m happy to report that all of my unfinished projects from the nursery, main bathroom, and laundry room are FINISHED! Today, I am going to show you how I was able to finish the main bathroom by making a DIY Roman Shade {tutorial} with a Target curtain panel and cheap-o mini blinds!

In case you want to make your own, you will need the following supplies:

*1″ slat mini blinds {we picked ours up at Lowes for around $5} in the size you need for your window {our window needed at least a 29″ blind because I wanted the blind to be an inch bigger than our window on each side which measured 27″}.
* Fabric- You want to make sure and purchase enough fabric to cover your blind and then have 3″ extra fabric left over on each side of the blind. For our window, I needed 2 yards of fabric. I found my fabric from a curtain panel at Target.
*Fabric glue

Step One:

Take your mini blinds and lay them on a flat surface fully extended…preferably tile or wood flooring or a large craft table. Now this is where you can customize your roman shade. Everyone’s shade will be slightly different depending on the size of their window and how far apart they want each slat. This is where you will begin to cut slats out of your mini blind leaving only the slats that will be staying and being glued to your fabric. MAKE SURE NOT TO CUT ALL OF THE SLATS OFF like me…not like I did that on my first try not thinking…or anything!

You will also cut all of the “ladder looking” strings as well, but make sure to the leave the thicker middle string that connects the top and bottom of your mini blinds.

**You can mark the slats you will be keeping with a pencil or marker so you will remember not to cut them.

I ended up keeping 5 slats for our roman shade. Since the length of my fabric is 42″ inches, I spaced out the slats every 7 inches.

{Sorry I am a goof and forgot to take pictures of this step…I got a little excited…but if you scroll down you can see how I have my mini blind set up after cutting the slats, removing them, and getting it ready for the following steps}.

Step Two:

No Sew Roman Shade

Now you will lay out your fabric on a flat surface to cut it. Side note: If you are doing a no sew curtain, then I recommend ironing a 1/2″ hem around the perimeter of your fabric and glue it with fabric glue. This will give your shade a finished/professional look. You can also sew a 1/2″ hem using a sewing machine as well. After you’ve created a nice hem, lay your blind on top of your fabric and move to step 3.

Roman Shades DIY

Here, my mini blind is laying centered on my fabric after I hemmed the fabric with fabric glue. I’ve spaced it evenly so there is about 3″ of fabric all the way around my mini blind.

Roman Shade DIY-Blissfully Ever

All of my slats are towards the bottom of the mini blind…don’t worry we will glue them next.

Side note: do you see that little “button” on the base of the mini blind? That can pop off, allowing you to trim the middle cords that connect the top and bottom of the blind down to the desired length of your window. You will just want to make sure to re-tie a not and pop back on the button to secure the cord in place.

Step Three:

Now it’s time to glue. Make sure that your blind is centered on the fabric {I know it sounds like a no brainer but sometimes the blind can shift during the gluing process}. Glue the fabric to the top edge of the blind first so that everything will be nice and tight and centered. Make sure not to glue fabric over the sides of the top bar of the blind because you will need to install the blind onto the brackets in the window. You also want to make sure not to glue down any of the cords, particularly the one that lifts the blind up and down!

DIY Roman Shades

DIY Roman Shade

Now you can glue the bottom piece of fabric up and over the bottom part of the mini blind {the base} and let it dry.

Roman Shade Tutorial

Step Four:

Finish off your DIY Roman Shade by ironing the sides of the fabric so the edges are nice and crisp.

...And you’re done!

You should have something that looks like this….

DIY Curtains

I have been looking for fabric to complete this project for awhile and after much searching online…I came across a curtain panel at Target and knew it was the fabric I’d been searching for. It was perfect and coordinates with my shower curtain perfectly! {I just looked online and don’t see it offered anymore…sorry!}

How to Make a Roman Shade

Make a Roman Shade

I am just in LOVE with the results! Honestly, what I truly love about this DIY Roman Shade is that I was able to get the exact look I wanted for a fraction of the cost of purchasing a custom roman shade from a retailer. This project took about 2 hours to complete from start to finish but it was well worth it!

Total cost for this project = $24

DIY Blind

Are you looking to make your own DIY Roman Shade? If so, where will you be putting it? What fabric will you use? Let us know in the comments below and I wish you the best of luck on your project!


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