When tired of curtains but not quite in the mood for shades, it’s worth considering roman blinds.
How to Make Your Own Roman Blinds
Made of fabric, roman blinds commonly stagger when raised, but hang without ridges when lowered. They can also, however, be designed to have folds in the surface even when they’re fully extended. Because they’re made of material, roman blinds can be made to match furniture and carpet or coordinate perfectly with accessories like sofa pillows. Also known as roman shades, they can be made at home with just nothing more than a steady hand, a few materials and a bit of patience.
Begin by measuring the window where the blind is being hung. The only part of the window that should be measured is the inner frame, as this is where the shade will hang. With a pair of scissors, cut the shade from the fabric. Ideally, the fabric will hang approximately five inches lower than the window frame and a couple of inches broader than the width of the window. Next, cut the shade lining. The lining must be the exact same length as the shade. The width of the lining, however, should be one inch narrower.
Decide where the ridge folds on the blind fabric will go. The more space between each ridge of the blind, the larger each ridge will be. Start at the bottom of the fabric. Create the first ridge in the blind fabric there. The measurements are best made with a firm ruler - a cloth measuring tape is not recommended. The fabric strips that will comprise the ridges of the blind must then be cut, ensuring they are the same width as the blind.Fold over the top of the ridge before folding over the bottom. Now press with a hot iron. When done, the ridge should have two flaps that are folded in on opposite sides. Line up the folded edge of each ridge with the areas of the lining where the ridges will be made, pin the flaps and then sew the folded crease along each ridge of your shade (but don’t hem it).
Fold and press each ridge along the creases that you’ve stitched. Spread out the lining with the fabric ridges. Position the liner along the fabric of the blind, then pin the bottom of the blind before sewing the shade and lining together along the edge.
Sew the other side of the shade and lining to each other. Press the seams of the shade to create sockets in it that you can slide wood or plastic dowels into. Fold the fabric around the board and attach it with heavy staples. Add screw eyes to each fold, then take a long piece of chord and knot it to the lowest plastic ring. Run the chord though the rings leading to the top. Do this again with the rings running up the other side. Finally mount the blind to the window using traditional window treatment brackets, et voila! It’s time to stand back and enjoy a job well done!