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DIY Roman Blinds

If your blinds are too boring and you need to spice up your interior, it is the easiest way to do this. There are a few methods to make roman blinds, most of which include sewing of wooden dowels to the fabric. But today, I’ll show you how to make roman shades by using your current blinds. It is the easier method of all I think, because it requires no sewing, and you already have the frame for the fabric. Make sure you’ve cleaned your blinds from dirt and dust beforehand. Otherwise you may stain the fabric for the shade.
Now, let’s get to work!

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  • Step 1

    Quick tip: When choosing the fabric, aim for a heavier one, which can be usually found at the home decor department of a fabric store. Unfold a meter from the end to see how it falls. If it drapes slightly undulated, then this is the fabric you’ve been looking for. Before shopping, measure the window frame which you’ll be decorating, and cut the chosen fabric 12 inches longer than your window, and 6 inches wider.
  • Step 2

    Unmount the blind and lay it on your work surface. Its back side should be facing up.
  • Step 3

    Fix the plug on the bottom slat to set the desired length of your roman shades.
  • Step 4

    Find the string which rolls the blinds up (usually the middle one) and cut the rest of the strings away.
  • Step 5

    Since you’ll have to remove more of the slats, you’ll need to know how many of them to leave on the blind. To know that, measure how long the shade will cover the window and divide the resulting number by seven. This is the number of slats you have to leave.
  • Step 6

    Remove the rest of the slats.
  • Step 7

    Lay the fabric on your work surface with the front side down. Put the blind on top of it, but don’t forget to take into account the fabric that will be used to wrap the top of the blind.
  • Step 8

    Spread the slats in 7-inch intervals and mark their positions on the blind with a pencil.
  • Step 9

    On the fabric, outline the spots where it will be folded on the top, bottom and both sides.
  • Step 10

    Remove the blind and iron the fabric folds to make the hems.
  • Step 11

    Lay the fabric under the blind and apply glue on the face of the slats using the paintbrush. Fix the slats on the marked intervals.
  • Step 12

    Tuck the slat ends into the hems and fix in place with the clothespins while the glue is completely dry.

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