No-Sew Roman Shades

This project brings a beachy feel to any window in the house.

No-Sew Roman Shades

This project brings a beachy feel to any window in the house.

Difficulty: Intermediate

Materials
Vinyl mini-blinds cut to the size of the window (use nonbent ones from home, or purchase at any hardware store)
Fabric
Fabric glue
Measuring tape
Pliers
T-square (or straight edge)
Marker

Steps

Preparing the Fabric
  1. Lay the fabric on a flat surface and measure 4" wider and longer than the blinds. Mark using a marker and a T-square, eventually connecting all four points to create a rectangle shape

  2. Designer Tip: Lining up the T-square to a flat surface will give the straightest line.


  3. Cut the fabric along the markings

  4. Fold one side of the fabric in about 1", creating a hem. Open the fold and run a bead of fabric glue under the hem. Fold the fabric back over and smooth it out with your fingers

  5. Run one more bead of glue on top of the folded fabric and fold it over one more time

  6. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the remaining three sides

  7. Attaching the Blinds
  8. Lay the blinds on top of the fabric. Use the pliers to remove the plugs at the end of the blinds. Be careful not to break or discard, because we’ll need them later

  9. Use the scissors to cut the shorter string, connecting the two longer strings. These strings make a ladder formation. Make sure to cut the rungs between the rails

  10. Repeat step 7 for the other two ladders
  11. Once all three ladders are cut, slide all of the blinds off the line. Be careful not to discard them, as they’ll be needed later

  12. Measure and mark every 12" from the top of the fabric to the bottom. These marks are where the blinds will be and will determine how many folds there will be


  13. Designer Tip: You do not have to space the blinds 12" apart. If you want more blinds, make the spaces smaller. If you want fewer blinds, make the spaces bigger.

  14. Now that the placement of the blinds have been determined, glue the top piece into place

  15. Next, take the string and string it through each blind. Place the blinds back on the marks, and glue them down

  16. Take the plugs that were put aside and feed them through the string. Once the string is through the plug, put the plug back into the bottom piece and use glue to secure them

  17. Note: Putting the string back through the plug can be a little tricky because the ends might fray. If you have trouble with this, simply put a little dab of glue on the end of the string to feed it through the plug.

  18. Glue the bottom piece to the fabric

  19. Lay flat and let the glue dry for about 30 minutes