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Home Made Roman Shades using miniblinds and fabric!
We're re-doing our kitchen but our windows are very large and therefore hard to find nice blinds for. That being said, I somehow stumbled onto the linked blog and thought I'd give it a go!

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  • How to make a curtain/blinds. Roman Shades - Step 1
    Step 1

    Measure your window's length and width. Make sure to add a few inches for seam allowance.

  • How to make a curtain/blinds. Roman Shades - Step 2
    Step 2

    Select, purchase and prep your fabric. My dog as seen here is helping me refold the fabric after washing it.

  • How to make a curtain/blinds. Roman Shades - Step 3
    Step 3

    Trim said fabric

  • How to make a curtain/blinds. Roman Shades - Step 4
    Step 4

    Iron said fabric - it's ok if it's wrinkly

  • How to make a curtain/blinds. Roman Shades - Step 5
    Step 5

    I used a narrow hemmer to hem to whole fabric at once, which would leave me to just hem the bottom as I cut the 'units' off.

  • How to make a curtain/blinds. Roman Shades - Step 6
    Step 6

    For those not familiar with a narrow hemmer, it rolls and folds the fabric for you...

  • How to make a curtain/blinds. Roman Shades - Step 7
    Step 7

    leaving you with a nice flat, narrow hem!

  • How to make a curtain/blinds. Roman Shades - Step 8
    Step 8

    the 'right' side of the fabric

  • How to make a curtain/blinds. Roman Shades - Step 9
    Step 9

    Grab some fabric or craft glue - do NOT use super glue or hot glue!

  • How to make a curtain/blinds. Roman Shades - Step 10
    Step 10

    laying your miniblinds down on your fabric, cut the 'web' part- the part that twists the blinds to narrow or widen the actual blind opening. DO NOT CUT THE LARGE CORD IN THE MIDDLE!

  • How to make a curtain/blinds. Roman Shades - Step 11
    Step 11

    Pop the little white/clear things at the bottom and pull out the knotted cord - cut the knot and...

  • How to make a curtain/blinds. Roman Shades - Step 12
    Step 12

    Remove all the slates

  • How to make a curtain/blinds. Roman Shades - Step 13
    Step 13

    Figure out where you want the 'folds' to be and how many. the more slates. the more fold and less fabric between each fold. most of all, make sure it's evenly spaced!

  • How to make a curtain/blinds. Roman Shades - Step 14
    Step 14

    Paint the glue on the slates using a paint brush to avoid glue lines and glue the slates and fabric together

  • How to make a curtain/blinds. Roman Shades - Step 15
    Step 15

    String the cord back through the slates - if the slates pull away a bit, it's fine as long as the majority of the surface stays on the fabric.

    Again, I had help

  • How to make a curtain/blinds. Roman Shades - Step 16
    Step 16

    I used a little yarn needle to help the process along

  • How to make a curtain/blinds. Roman Shades - Step 17
    Step 17

    re-run the cord through the bottom slate, knot it, and glue the clear 'tabs' back down.

    Glue the bottom slate down, so that the 'tabs' are glue to the wrong side of the fabric.

  • How to make a curtain/blinds. Roman Shades - Step 18
    Step 18

    here's the tricky part, depending on what type of blinds you bought, your pully string may not allow you to do this the same way I did.

  • How to make a curtain/blinds. Roman Shades - Step 19
    Step 19

    Basically you need the string available, but you need to cover the top bar with fabric

  • How to make a curtain/blinds. Roman Shades - Step 20
    Step 20

    The linked blog suggested attaching the main fabric to the back and a separate sheet to the front but mine aren't built like that.

  • How to make a curtain/blinds. Roman Shades - Step 21
    Step 21

    Instead I just glued mine down directly to top and 'back' of the shade.

  • How to make a curtain/blinds. Roman Shades - Step 22
    Step 22

    Allow to dry and you're done!

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Karen B.
Karen B. · Chino Hills, California, US · 5 projects
Thank you for the great instructions! What does your finished shade look like?
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