Total Game Changer DIY No-Sew Roman Shades

Hi. My name is Kim. Well at least that's what you called me before reading this tutorial. Chances are afterwards, you may feel tempted to address me as your hero. Today I bring you a D.I.Y project that has a big impact for a very small price point. I bring you; the No Sew Roman Shade tutorial. Do you have some naked windows, or even windows gracing cheap plastic blinds? If the answer to either of those questions is "yes", then you are perfectly situated for a post such as this. Have an hour or two? Well then, my friend, It's time to make the changes you've been putting off! I can be kind of scatter brained when trying to follow tutorials, so I am going to attempt to make these step-by-step instructions as fool-proof as possible.

I should note for full disclosure, the amazing people at Fabric.com and Amazon give me a small commission for every customer I send their way.  This tutorial is totally free to you, but if you want to say thanks for the tips and tricks, I'd love if you'd follow the links to the products I used when purchasing your own project materials to give me some love for referring you to one of my  favorite fabric suppliers.

SUPPLIES YOU WILL NEED:

Fabric Scissors

Fabric you will see (main material)

If you are unsure of your skill level, a solid fabric is a great place to start. The link above will send you to the fabric I used for this project.)

Lining Fabric (for back side that will be facing the outside of your house)

Fabric Glue 

Inexpensive blinds to fit window(s) you are beautifying (width is crucial, length can be longer since we will be cutting it down)

Iron (If you desire a crisp finished look of course)

Ruler/Measuring Tool

 

Step One:

Cutting Fabric

Take your lining fabric and cut it to the exact dimensions of the blind (width and length of the window you are covering).

Take your main fabric and cut it 4" wider and 4" longer than what you cut your lining fabric. (This allows for 2" overlap on each side of the lining.)

Thumbs up, step one is done! (And also, no judging the wrinkly fabric or the poor quality photos. I promise I ironed it at the appropriate time, as for the photos, they'll get better with time.)

 

Step Two:

Prepping Blind Mechanism

Unpack (or take down) the blind that fits the window you are beautifying

Fully extend the blind to maximum length and lay out in front of you

CAREFULLY trim the thin chords and remove from the blind.

DO NOT cut the thick chords as they must remain in tact for the blinds to properly operate. 

Thumbs up, you're making progress! (Note in crappy photo below, I am not cutting the thick cord running through the slats, only the thin ladder formation cords.)

Step Three:

Removing Excess Slats

The bottom weight piece of the blind has small plastic buttons.  Remove those (you can usually pop them off quite easily with a screw driver or something of the sort.)

At this point, you want to detach this bottom weight bar which will allow you to slide off all of the excess slots of the existing blind (don't worry, we can re-attache the bar later.)

Remove slats leaving only the number you would like for roman shade folds. and have your measuring tool handy for the next step.

Thumbs up, the worst is over! 

Step Four:

Layout Fabrics and Blind Mechanism

First, layout your main fabric face down on your work surface.

In the middle of that, place your lining fabric (which is cut to the desired finished blind size.)

Fold the top and side edges of the main fabric over and use fabric glue to adhere the fabric to the lining. (Basically, you are sandwiching the lining on the edges and making sure your finished width ends up being the same as your desired blind width)

Once the fabrics are laid out and the top, left, and right sides are glued in place, put the top blind header flush with the top edge of the now folded fabric and glue in place. (make sure you are gluing the fabric to the side of the head rail that will be facing into your room or you won't be able to properly mount the blinds- I may or may not know this because of experience.)

Next, mark and position each blind slat where you would like it (noting this is where your folds will be), then glue in place, taking care that they are positioned nice and level.

Thumbs up, you are super close to an awesome new window look. (Pardon the lack of photo from this point, I'm easily distracted and still learning how to properly document my projects.)

Step Five: 

Finishing Off

Now string the chords back through the holes in the bar that you removed and place the bar flush with the bottom edge of the lining fabric. tie off knots on the bar where and re-cap the holes. 

Place the bottom weight bar flush with the bottom edge of your lining fabric.

To finish fold the bottom edge of fabric over the bar and glue into place (taking caution not to glue the pulley strings)

Give the glue time to dry before operating, then mount that puppy and admire a job well-done.

Thumbs up! You've just completed a home improvement project that your friends will all want to learn. Like what you see? Send them this way, and let's make this world more beautiful one window at a time! Once I get photos from the finished room, I'll add them to the post!

 

Unless of course.....you've read the tutorial, pinned it, and thought, maybe I'll try that sometime (even though you know you won't.) There's good news for you too!  You buy the blinds and the fabric, and you can pay me to do the rest! Contact me if that's sounding pretty good to you.