Have 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:
- Fabric Glue
- Cheap blinds from Walmart (you’ll need to measure your window beforehand to figure out what size you’ll need)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!