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Make Roman Shades Out of Mini Blinds

Do you love the look of modern fabric shades but don't want to spend the cash?  If you have the following supplies, you'll be able to make some of these shades in a snap:

  • Tape measure Scissors
  • Fabritac (or comparable fabric glue - NOT HOT GLUE!)
  • Mini blinds (like the $3 Target mini blinds)
  • Fabric (yardage depends on the size of your window)
  • Trim (optional)

Then you need to measure you windows carefully. Do the math and figure out how many folds you want in your shade and click here to learn how to make these inexpensive and great looking shades. 





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Comment by Angee Barbe on January 10, 2011 at 1:11pm
I can't wait to try these.  I've needed a curtain solution for my 4 pairs of french doors in my house since we built 5 years ago.  Yeahhhh
Comment by Connie Blankley on January 5, 2011 at 1:48pm
What a great idea!  I've been putting off making another roman shade, now I will work quicker, your way.  Thanks!
Comment by A on January 4, 2011 at 4:14am
Very cool, although I too suspect the safety thing; there's a reason your Ikea ones were recalled!

I think I'd hem the sides of the panel properly (iron folds + one line of stitching = a doddle particularly on a sewing forum), just leave a break in the stitching at carefully measured intervals to form a pocket for the slat end. If you don't want the stitching I suppose you could use hemming web. I might even slip a second slat in with each fixed one to give a bit more rigidity.

You've got me thinking now - arrrgh! LOL!
Comment by katie fitz on January 3, 2011 at 11:22am
Just so you know this method does not meet the new safety standards for roman shade construction.
Comment by Anna Kellogg on January 3, 2011 at 11:02am
So elegant!  I love this idea.  This is especially cool in today's housing market where people are so strapped when they move into a new place.  Anything that reduces expenses in the beginning is a boon!
Comment by marsha on January 3, 2011 at 8:49am
wow i am going to try this for sure

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