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DIY Roman Shades from Mini Blinds- Part 2

I can’t believe it has taken me almost 10 years to finally remodel this room.  Sadly, the old mini blinds have been hanging in that window since we moved in.  I was eager to remove them to paint and I knew I needed the new Roman shade made fast so I didn’t have to put the mini blinds back up.  It only took me 4 total hours to make them from start to finish.  Totally worth it!


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Yesterday I showed you how I sewed together my Roman shade fabric, putting together the printed boarder with beautifully mitered corners!  So today I am ready to show you how easy it was to put them on the mini blinds.  Today’s tutorial doesn’t even include a sewing machine.  All you need is a little fabric glue and you are good to go!

To finish off the my Roman shade I used this awesome tutorial from Domestically Speaking.  She uses black-out fabric, but I don’t want to black-out all the light so I left that part off.  I used my serger around the entire outside so I had a nicely finished edge, then I used my handy seam gauge to carefully fold and pin my hem on the sides and then on the bottom.


I used Fabri-tac fabric glue to glue down my entire hem.  I chose to glue the hem instead of sewing it because I didn’t want to see the hem on the front side and I didn’t want to sew a blind hem.  I needed the fabric glue for the rest of the project so it just worked out beautifully.

Be careful when you glue it.  The glue leaked through the fabric a little and it stuck to my carpet.  Oops!


When your fabric is all hemmed, you should head over to Domestically Speaking.  She explains how to cut apart your mini blinds so well so I am not going to try to re-explain it.

After they were carefully taken apart, I glued the top of my mini blinds about 1 1/2 inches down from the top of my fabric (I didn’t really measure this out, just eyeballed it).  I was planning about 10 inches between the slats and I wanted to leave the bottom border so it didn’t fold up in one of the shade’s pleats so I put my last slat just above the border.  Then I measured how much space was left in between and I had 55 inches.  I measured every 11 inches and made a mark on each side (easy math, yeah!).  I glued my slats so the top of the slat touched my mark, be very careful not to get any glue on the mini blind strings.  It left me with 5 slats glued to the shade.


Then I put the mini blinds back together.  To finish off the top of the mini blinds I wanted to fold the extra fabric over the top instead of hemming them.  It did make it a little hard to clip back into the hardware on the the window, but I liked the way it looked and it didn’t add the bulk of a hem.  So I put a little fabric glue on the extra fabric on the top of the shade and tucked it over the top of the mini blinds.  I used paper clips to hold it while it dried (it doesn’t take very long).


Now while the glue was drying, I put the hardware back up in my newly painted window sill.  I have deep window sills so I placed them close to the front so the Roman shade would be almost flush with the wall.


Then all you have to do is clip the mini blinds into the hardware and PRESTO!


Here’s the before and after one more time.  It looks so great!  I’m very happy I didn’t put the mini blinds back up and just got after this project.


Now onto the next project.  I am trying to do at least one thing for the dining room remodel each day.  Keeping up the momentum, yeah!  What are you working on this week?

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