No Sew Roman Shades

No Sew Roman ShadesHave windows you want to give a quick makeover but don’t want to deal with the hassle of needle and thread? Here’s a good project for you. These no-sew Roman shades will spruce up any window with little cost and no pricked fingers. It just takes a little bit of patience and some supplies.

 Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Scissors
  •  Fabric Glue
  •  Cheap blinds from Walmart (you’ll need to measure your window beforehand to figure out what size you’ll need)
  •  Fabric
  •  First, we need to prepare the mini blinds. Take them out of the package and extend them to their full length on a flat area.
  • Get your scissors ready. You know how you can pull one string and the blinds go up or down but you can pull another string or turn a plastic rod and the individual shades lift to let in light without opening the entire blind? Well, we want to cut the string that does this. It’s a ladder-shaped cord and attaches to each of the individual blinds. You’ll want to cut this off, being very careful not to cut the straight string that is the lift chord.
    roman shades how to
    Photo Credits: I heart nap time
    “Extend the blinds out and cut the connecting ladder like strings”
  • Next, you’ll need to decide how long you want your blinds and how many folds you want when you close the Roman blinds. Once you know this, you’ll need to take some of the plastic slats off the string. You can do this by removing the plastic “corks” on the bottom of the largest and thickest slat at the bottom of the blinds.
  • Remove the thick slat and any others you need to take away and measure the slide string to the length you want. Now you should reattach the thick slat and tie it off, cutting off excess string. Replug the holes.
how to roman shades
Photo Credits: I Heart naptime
“Take out the extra blind strips”
  •  Now get your fabric out and lay it down. You can hem it by using heat ‘n bond on the edges. Use fabric glue to attach the fabric to the slats, which should be equally spaced. Be careful not to glue down the lift cord. When dry, you can hot glue any excess fabric to the blinds and then install. Your Roman blinds are looking good!
Finishing up the roman shades
Photo Credits: I heart nap time “Finishing up the roman shades”
how to roman shades
Photo Credits: I heart nap time
“The finished product”
Pinterest

7 thoughts on “No Sew Roman Shades

  • May 13, 2015 at 5:33 pm
    Permalink

    So sorry but these directions are not useful to me without photos showing each step along the way. I just can’t picture it! Very interested in doing this, so please help. Maybe a more descriptive process will do, please try!

    Reply
    • May 31, 2015 at 8:31 pm
      Permalink

      Thanks for the feedback. We’ve updated the article with some additional details. Hopefully, this helps you complete the project!

      Reply
  • November 12, 2015 at 12:38 pm
    Permalink

    Please more details on how to make these romain shades

    Reply
  • February 24, 2016 at 6:52 am
    Permalink

    In the photo, it appears there is a lining on the wrong side of the face fabric. No mention of this application in your directions. You would have to cover up those slats, I would think, or it would not very attractive from the outside looking in ! Please comment on that–thanks

    Reply
  • April 3, 2016 at 5:24 pm
    Permalink

    I absolutely love this idea. I would also appreciate any ideas you may have on other window treatments. Especially that can be used in a transitional-contemorary style design home.

    Reply
  • May 4, 2016 at 10:34 am
    Permalink

    The fabric in the photo is the same as a chair I just bought. Where did you get the fabric?(Blue green with brown paisley )

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *