Roman blinds are versatile and attractive window treatments. To make roman blinds, you can use various types of fabric, so you can control the amount of light that gets through and how the fabric colour and pattern complement the room decor. Choose to either mount the roman blinds inside at the top of the window frame or outside the window frame above the window opening. You need some sewing skills for this project.
Use measuring tape to obtain the dimensions of the area you want to cover with blinds. The size of the finished roman blinds depends on the size of the window and whether you want to mount the blinds inside or outside the frame.
Cut the fabric with a pair of scissors so it is 2 inches wider and 24 inches longer than the area you want to cover.
Lay the fabric with the wrong side facing up and make a fold about 1 inch on the right and left edges of the fabric. Press the folds with an iron and sew over them to seal the side edges of the fabric.
Fold the bottom 4 inches of the fabric up and fold another 4 inches up. Press the folds and sew them down.
Sew a length of the furry side of a Velcro strip to the top of the right side of the fabric.
Measure and mark a horizontal line on the fabric with a pencil, about 8 inches from the bottom of the fabric. Mark points 1 inch from the side edges of the fabric and every 6 to 8 inches across the horizontal line. Do the same down the fabric, positioning each horizontal line about 8 inches apart.
Sew a drapery ring on each marked point on every horizontal line.
Attach metal screw eyes to one side of a 1-by-1-inch wood mounting strip, aligning the screw eyes with the vertical rows of rings on the fabric.
Drill several pilot holes for screws on the side of the mounting strip that is opposite the side with the screw eyes. The side with the pilot holes for screws will face up.
Staple the side of the Velcro with the tiny hooks to the side of the mounting strip that faces out. Attach the fabric to the mounting strip with Velcro.
Knot one end of a length of drapery cord and thread it through a ring at the bottom of the fabric, going up through all the other rings in the vertical row and through the screw eyes on the mounting strip. Let the other end of the cord dangle down the right side of the shade. Repeat with all the other vertical rows.
Insert a length of 1/2-by-3-inches wood board that is slightly shorter than the width of the fabric into the pocket in the bottom hem and sew the right and left edges of the hem shut.
Mount the roman blinds over the window with 1 1/2 inch screws.
Pull the cords hanging down the right side of the roman blinds to raise the blinds to the bottom of the window. Tie a knot at the screw eye on the mounting strip to prevent the bottom of the blinds from falling further.
Things you need
- Measuring tape
- Sewing machine
- Drapery rings
- Metal screw eyes
- Wood mounting strip
- Wood board