Ahhh. The window treatments for the bedroom (while not completely finished) are up and actually covering the windows! Now we can prance around the room in various states of dishabille without the constant worry that our temporary window shades might peel off and fall to the floor. I guess now I’ll have to get my nightly dose of adrenaline some other way. Perhaps the flashing lights and “pew-pew” noises (as Cory Doctorow of BoingBoing put it) of the M16 lamp will provide that touch of secret agent excitement.
As for the roman shades, I was very much inspired by the lovely ones I saw over at Made2Style, and decided to put my own spin on them. Here’s all you need to make your very own:
Fabric glue, fabric, mini blinds and hemming tape. You will also need scissors, an iron and a measuring tape.
1. Measure your window and select blinds to fit. I wanted these to hang up and above the window frame because the window is so tiny and low that I wanted them to appear taller than they are. Otherwise you would measure inside your window. These mini blinds cost $3.95 at Target.
2. Cut your fabric. I gave myself about four extra inches on all sides, so the fabric could be folded over on the edges and so I could cover the top and bottom of the blinds. Then press the fabric off with an iron. Oooh, the rush of trying to take a picture of an iron in “action.” It almost looks like the iron has come to life and is doing the ironing for me! In my fantasy, this little ironing bot has a British accent.
3. Lay your mini blinds out on the fabric and remove the slats. Be sure to have your measurements for your window (how long you want your finished product to be). Cut off the little ladder ropes that keep the slats in place. Be sure to NOT CUT the main cord that pulls the blinds up and down. You will have to remove the button on the bottom of the blinds that keeps the cord in place. Now, just slide all the slats off of the cord.
5. Now just fold your edges inward on the sides and iron down. The slats provide the perfect template for exactly how wide your fabric should be. Just be sure to move them out of the way before
your ironing robot you start to iron.
7. Place your slats and glue them, and the sides of the fabric, in place. Run the two cords that will raise and lower your shade through the holes in the slats. Then slide them into place at whatever intervals you want. It helps to “play” with the fabric to see how it will drape. I put mine at about 10 inches apart. As you are glueing the slats, tuck them inside the fold at the side of the fabric. (Just be sure to keep the glue away from the main cords.) At this step, adhere the sides of the fabric down as you insert the slats. I used hemming tape and an iron, but fabric glue would work too.
8. Finish off the bottom of the shade. Run the cords through the holes at the thick bottom component of the shade, tie a knot and pop the buttons back on. A hammer would be useful for re-inserting the buttons. A corkscrew also works. Then just fold up the fabric and glue into place.
9. Allow to dry (with some heavy books on top of the slats) and then hang according to the instructions that came with the mini-blinds. When dry, I cut off the excess fabric at the bottom. Look the roman shade is learning through osmosis! Haha! <crickets> And I wonder why boys didn’t like me in high school.
When lowered, these come to just below the window frame. I’m going to tackle the cornice boards this weekend, but I wanted to get both shades done before I move on to that. This was a fun and fairly easy project, but here’s the best part: the total cost.
- Fabric from Ikea (about $8.00 worth)
- Vinyl mini-blind from Target ($3.95)
- Fabric glue (had on hand)
- Hemming Tape (had on hand)
That brings the grand total to less than 12 dollars a shade! I’m so excited about these, that I’ve already planned ones for the living room! I hope you like them!