Thursday, 9 July 2009

DIY Day - Roman Blinds

I know I'm late to the party, but we had internet connection problems (of course a simple billing change would knock out our internet and TV...why shouldn't it?) I wanted to show off my latest project for Kimba's DIY day party at A Soft Place to Land. In fact, it was the anticipation of this party that made me actually get it finished (well, one of three is finished, anyway). You may remember my complaint a few weeks ago about not being able to find ready-made blinds that fit our windows, and not wanting to spend $250-300 for getting them custom made. Someone (I'll have to look up who it was) suggested that I make them. I really didn't want to have to. I was all ready to buy the $30 walmart blinds and mount them outside the window frame, but KD really didn't think that would effectivly block the light. So I finally decided to at least look up the instructions on making the blinds. Well, it didn't seem too difficult, so I decided to try one on a trial basis. I used these instructions, but later discovered that I should have used their updated ones, since some of the instructions weren't detailed enough, and at least one illustration was wrong. The updated ones look great though. One tip I discovered - Use lots of pins!: The blackout lining is very shifty. It wasn't hard to do, just complicated, if that makes sense. I recommend having at least a little sewing experience when attempting this! I'm lucky to have a seamstress for a mother. It took me 5.5 hours to get this far on Friday, then it sat all weekend while we worked on the fence: And here is the result! We mounted this one and tested it at night. It blocks the streetlights and the sunrise beautifully! This is what the technical side of the blind looks like: KD screwed in the wood batten for me after cutting it to size. I had a difficult enough time cutting the wood dowels! He also helped with the upholstery tacks. I followed the assembly instructions in order, but with the next ones, I'm going to assemble it all before screwing it in place. I think it will be much easier that way. I'm currently working on the other two blinds for this room, then we will finally be able to take down the dreadful blue/purple polyester velvet curtains. I want to put up some white shears or something lighter. So, what do you think? My mom gave her seal of approval this afternoon. I'm actually quite proud of my efforts. I don't usually attempt projects that are this detailed.


  1. They look great and very professional! i love roman blinds too. good job

  2. You should be proud of yourself! Think of all the money you saved AND you got what you wanted. Good job - it looks great!


  3. Thanks SO much for sharing this! Love them! I'm just about to make some myself!!

  4. You made shades?? Holy smokes Jo! They look store bought!! Great job :)

    Happy Birthday to Juliana!! I hope she had a wonderful day.

    Aren't you about ready to pop?? ;)



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