Saturday, 10 November 2012

Mini Blind Turned Roman Blind Tutorial

Let me apologize in advance for the length of this post, but I didn't want to leave out any of the steps. Basically, I used fabric glue to attach fabric to a $10 mini blind from Walmart to create roman blinds for the window at the top of my stairway. It's simple, cheap and turned out as a good looking, fully functional roman blind. Here are the materials I used:

Fabric, mini blinds, hardware to attach mini blinds to window (came in the box), fabric glue, measuring tape, and a small saw.

I needed to use the saw the cut the mini blind to size to fit into my window frame. I just sawed about a half inch off of either end of the top (mechanism) piece and the bottom piece.











To start off with, I measured the exact opening of the window frame that I wanted the blind to fill. Then I cut and hemmed the fabric into a panel that fit exactly. I left a little excess at the top to be able to wrap around the mechanism piece of the blind. Here is what the fabric looked like:

 
I found it easiest to put a piece of painters tape on the floor that was the exact length of the window opening. Then I laid the mini blind on top to start disassembling it.


 The next step was to pop off the very bottom piece so that I could take out all of the slats that I didn't need to use. There are two plastic plugs at the bottom that just pop out. Inside you will find a knot. Untie it and you can pull off the bottom piece.


 Before you can remove the slats that you don't need, the ladder strings must be cut. These strings  hold the slats in the right position. Be very careful not to cut the main cord! It is thicker than the ladder strings.


Once all of the ladder strings are cut off and removed, you are left with all of the slats strung onto the main cord. You can see that they are no longer held into their position and can move around freely. I decided that I wanted my roman blind folds to be about seven inches apart so I made a mark every 7 inches on my painters tape so that it would be easy to line up.


The next step is to remove the slats that you don't need. I positioned my slats at the right distance using my 7 inch marks on the painters tape. Once the slats are removed, reattach the very bottom piece by threading the cord through and retying the knot.


 I ended up trimming the ends of each of the slats because they were a bit too wide for the window. I used fabric glue to attach the blind to the fabric. If you use too much glue, it will soak through the fabric so my advice is to put the glue on and then spread it out into a thin layer using a paint brush. The most import part of gluing is to be sure that NO glue touches the cord or your blind will not function. I let the glue dry overnight.

 
I hung the blind using the usual mini blind hardware that came in the box. Here are some pictures of my new roman blind hanging in the window:
 



 

9 comments:

  1. IF you want to make blind, then you have to be more creative for it because with out any kind of ideas, you can not do anything. Above information was very informative.

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  2. This is a cool idea! I am definitely going to try it for my powder room window. Thanks for your creativity!

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  3. what a great idea for a window that would be hard to find the right size blind........I love this idea!

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  4. Awesome post! Will definitely be trying ... your directions look very thorough. Thanks much!!!

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  5. I have always wanted to make Roman blinds, but they just seemed to time consuming. This is so creative and smart and I just love it! Can't wait to try it!
    Thanks for posting this tutorial!

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  6. you really don't have to cut the blinds. I always take my curtains almost to the top of the ceilings even tho my window doesn't go up that far. However I understand why you wanted it to fit exactly for that small window. Thx for all your great ideas.

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  7. how does it look from the outside?

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  8. This is a great idea! I have a large window with a small sidelight on either side, and I haven't been able to find roman shades that will fit them because they are so narrow! I will definitely try this, especially if I can find a fabric that matches the main window shade. Thanks!

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