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No Sew Roman Shade from Mini Blinds

***UPDATE: I’ve received so many great questions about this project that I did a second post on no sew roman shade from a mini blind FAQs

You may have seen a few versions of this floating around blogland and Pinterest, and being so sewing challenged, I am all for anything involving fabric that is “no sew”. Give me a drill or a saw and I’m all set. Sewing machines? Who? What? How?

no sew roman shade from a mini blind

Supplies needed:

  • fabric
  • blinds
  • fabric glue
  • measuring tape
  • scissors

I had heard a rumor that Home Depot will custom cut blinds for free. It’s true, they do, only on certain brands. For this project, the goal was a cheap blind, and cheap blinds are a plenty there. You can customize the length of the blind yourself, so just find one that is as close to the size of your window as possible, ask them to cut it to the right width, and then you can shorten it to the right length when you do the roman shade.

Pop off the bottom caps, unknot the pull string, and set aside the bottom bar. You will put this back on later.

no sew roman shade from mini blinds

Cut away the ladder cord. DON’T cut the pull cord. That’s the one that raises and lowers the blind. It’s a thicker single cord. Only cut away the ladder cord.

Decide how many folds you want and how far apart you want the folds. This will determine how many slats you keep. We kept four slats and spaced them about 7 inches apart. Most of the tutorials I read did them about 7-9 inches apart, and I wanted ours to tuck up and not hang down much over the window, so I went with a shorter distance between slats.

Reattach the bottom bar.

no sew roman shade from mini blinds

Cut your fabric about 2 inches wider than your blinds.

Iron your fabric if needed, then fold over the sides and iron the hem. Make sure that after hemming that the fabric is 1/4 to 1/2 inch larger than your blinds. This is just to make sure your blinds don’t stick out the side of your fabric. Double check that your window opening is big enough for your fabric if you are doing an inside mount.

Run a thin line of fabric glue under the hem and run your fingers from the inside of the shade to the outside corners to smooth it out. Keep some damp paper towels on hand to wipe off excess glue. Add a little extra glue if needed and just keep pressing down and smoothing the hem until the entire hem is glued.

tonic living sweet william teal fabric

Now you’re ready to attach your fabric to the blind. Lay the fabric face down, set your blind on top, and glue the top bar to the fabric.

tonic living sweet william teal fabric roman shade

Use your tape measure to space each slat evenly apart and glue each with the convex side down. That’s the side that bumps out so that it will stick best to the fabric. Make sure not to get any glue on the pull cord and that the fabric is smooth after gluing. Glue the bottom bar down when you are done with the slats.

tonic living sweet william teal no sew roman shade

Let dry and then hang it back up.

no sew roman shade from a mini blind

Admire your handy work.

no sew roman shade from a mini blind

The shade works pretty well and is going to raise and lower as well as the blinds you purchased do. If you are going to use it heavily, I’d consider getting a higher quality blind that has a really good raising/lowering mechanism. The back isn’t finished, so you can see the blinds on the back of the fabric from the outside. This is mostly a decorative shade for us and we almost never close the shade on this particular window since it is in the back of the house. If I were doing this on the front of my house, I’d probably try and do some sort of liner that covers up the slats from behind.

no sew roman shade

I sure do think it is pretty from the inside though.

no sew roman shade from a mini blind

tonic living sweet william teal fabric

The fabric is from Tonic Living called Sweet William Teal.

***UPDATE: I’ve received so many great questions about this project that I did a follow-up post on no sew roman shade from a mini blind FAQs

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Comments

  1. Michelle says:

    This is genius! Thanks for sharing.

    • Jeanne says:

      This will not last very long. The glue will harden and turn yellow-probably through the front of the fabric. When it hardens it will separate from the fabric. Could not open and close this very often as the tension would pull the glue off the fabric. Cute idea but not very practical and quite cheap looking……

      • Jena says:

        There is actually no tension on the fabric, so I don’t believe it will easily come off of the slats. The tension is still on the remaining slats, and the fabric is just along for the ride when you pull it up. The glue isn’t showing through, and if you use fabric glue it is designed not to yellow and harden. I guess only time will tell. I’ll probably get tired of the fabric before it stops being functional :)

        • Susan D says:

          No, it doesn’t look cheap. We purchased 2 shades from a high end company, they came and measured, we picked our fabric, we paid $1,100+ they installed. They look like we went to Home Depot and just bought a couple of cheap shades, we regret our purchase and that we paid so much for them.
          I appreciate DYIers that share their awesome and creative ideas. I will be trying this project now that Christmas is over. Thank you!

        • Corina Mullins says:

          can i add more slats? I want to show off this fabric i have along witha makeshift valance on top with fringe and possible grosgrain ribbon. Will that be too much?

        • Mary says:

          I am so glad I found you on facebook. I am not very crafty but some of your things make me think I can do them and the roman shades are something that I am going to attempt to give my kitchen a much needed update. I think I can handle a glue gun without too much damage ha ha Thank you so much for all of your ideas and projects

        • Lynn says:

          For what cheap blinds cost and fabric cost, you couldn’t do any better than this!! Great idea. I will do this. It looks wonderful! Smart!!!

        • Meg says:

          We had trouble with using polyester drape panels for fabric. The glue would not hold. We switched to two sided mounting tape and it worked wonderfully. Thanks for the inspiration

      • Tanya says:

        To say something looks cheap is quite rude. If you don’t like it, simply don’t comment. I attempted this too for my kitchen window and it looks beautiful! Friends have asked me to show and help them do theirs as well. I am now doing my dining room windows using a beautiful tapestry. The final end result~elegant. Great way to make a big difference for a small price. GREAT JOB!!

      • Betty says:

        Well aren’t we the “Miss glass half full”.
        This is a wonderful idea and I’ll be making one for mt bathroom window.
        I made 8 Roman Shades the regular way for my kitchen and I really look forward to making this. I will probably change the decor often now since it will be a snap following your great tip!

      • Peggy says:

        Soooooo tired of negativity on the internet. Seriously, people aren’t stupid…it’s obviously not something made to last forever and I’m sure that goes without saying. Well, in my world maybe. Obviously not in yours.

      • Julie says:

        Your comment Jeanne, is totally uncalled for. Why would a decent person say this to someone who is obviously creative, willing to share, and pleased with her work? The only reason I can think of is pure meanness. Shame on you.

      • JJ says:

        Why would you say that? That’s not even nice!

      • Vickie says:

        Aleene’s Fabric Glue is good, but E600 Craft Glue is the best for craft projects; it doesn’t yellow, and you can apply it thinly enough so that it’s not clumpy, doesn’t “harden” in a way that isn’t pliable, but bonds well. I’ve done professional crafting for about 20 years…best thing out there.

      • Terry says:

        I made on of these for the guest bath …six months later looks as good as it ever did…if you use fabric glue it will not harden…or mine did not. The last couple I made , I lined and sewed…used dowels and rings with the mini blind mechanism and they look great. I did this because this was a window where the back would be seen from the street, and I like to make a nice white backing for this purpose…I must say, I do not believe the blind is cheap looking very pretty really and nicely done. Your comment was rude. What have you made and posted lately?

      • B says:

        What a negative comment! These are not cheap looking at all! I’ve seen “high end” ones that looked cheap though. I guess you could always re-glue if need be.

      • C.O. says:

        HA! Jealous Jeanne.

      • Lisa says:

        I think I will try hem tape on the fabric and perhaps a nice heavy double sided tape on the slates. I LOVE this idea!!!

    • angel.hamilton says:

      LOVE LOVE LOVE this! I did go a little extra and “tacked” the fabric on each of the slats with 3 stiches- one on each end and one in the middle!

    • Tina says:

      I LOVE this idea! I don’t think it looks cheap at all, and if it’s for a window in which you’re not going to pull down the shade hardly (or ever) – then who cares what the back looks like! I can’t wait to try this! Thanks for sharing ;)

    • Kylie F. says:

      I have all my supplies but am stumped at how you kept the draw cord free and if anyone has used backing.

    • Tracy K says:

      I guess I would have put material on both sides so it would give it a finished look. Just a thought?

  2. ange says:

    Thanks for sharing! Love that fabric, it looks gorgeous in your kitchen. :)

  3. Melissa says:

    Fantastic! I love that it’s no sew! The fabric is beautiful!

  4. Kristel says:

    This is an awesome tutorial! I have never seen a DIY roman shade done like this before, and was always afraid to do one because I would not be able to shut it close, this solves that issue!! Thanks for sharing, and thanks for the mention ;)

    -Kristel

  5. what a fabulous idea! I never would have thought if applying it to blinds! great job!

    Leanne

  6. that is a great tutorial and your kitchen looks great. Love how your striped rug matches the roman shade.

  7. Julia Andrews says:

    Awesome! I can’t wait to make one. Thanks for the info.

  8. Beth Heim says:

    Thanks for the 411 on how to do this! My kitchen window is similar to yours. I just want something to decorate since I don’t lower the shade either. This is perfect!

  9. mishelle says:

    well this is a great i am going to copy ideA! LOL:)

  10. Jennifer says:

    Love this!! I actually did one today and it looks great!! Thank you so much for such a great tutorial :)

  11. Monique says:

    Wow! This is so great!!!!

    I have some older blinds that are already installed but a few of the slats have broken. I was going to buy completely new window treatments but I have been holding off mainly due to cost of having to replace them all. This is in a room that is mainly all windows (12) on a porch and if I replace one, I need the rest to match. I was pondering a new look. You may have just solved my problem.

    Will certainly be worth giving this a try with one first. I have little to lose at this point. I will play with trying to get the back part to be a bit nicer looking from the back since my windows are all in the front of the house but I think I can manage.

    Thanks so very much for sharing your wonderful idea and clear tutorial.

  12. Erin says:

    Hi, love this, it looks great. I cant tell how it is mounted. Is it inside mounted or mounted above the molding?

    • Jena says:

      Our blinds mounted with brackets from behind and are inside mounted. Our windows do not have molding around them, just plain drywall :). The window is set back into the wall a bit, so that is how we did the inside mount.

  13. kristin says:

    What? That easy! I love this idea, thank for linking up :)
    XO
    Kristin

  14. Dar says:

    Oh my! I am so doing this! Love your fabric color choice as well!

  15. Debra says:

    I have a window with shutters on it – I really don’t like the shutters and have been trying to decide what to do with the window – I’m definitely going to make some blinds for it! Thanks for the inspiration.

  16. Teresa says:

    That looks great! I made one for my kitchen too. I have the same complaint that it isn’t terribly pretty from the outside but ours is on the back of the house too so I don’t mind. I love that fabric, I’m trying to figure out what I could do with some!

    • Donnette says:

      How about adding another piece of fabric to the back of the first fabric before adding it to the slats. Pretty from both sides. :)

      • Beverly says:

        Or you could spray paint the back of the slats the color, or a coordinating color of the shade fabric so they would blend in better. At least there would’t be stark white stripes showing on the outside. Has anyone tried this?

      • Victoria says:

        wondering the same thing… and could we piece the front and back together with ‘wonder under’? Would it weigh to much?

      • bonny says:

        what about buying cheap wood slats…drill holes like slats of plastic blind…use them and it will hold up better and you can cover backs by gluing sheer panel on back? or some light cloth

  17. My daughter/blog partner and I were having a conversation this morning about a Roman shade for over her sink area. In fact, her kitchen resembles yours. I am sending this to her.

  18. Shala says:

    Going to test this out today! If it turns out, I am totally ditching my boring match stick blinds and making these for the house. So bright & cheery.

  19. Sonya Parker says:

    I have made roman shades before and it is hella hard. So much math. So much measuring. So many wood cuts. Very challenging! I can SO see how this works! You definitely had your thinking cap on because this is genius!

  20. Stacey says:

    If you want the same look from the outside, get extra material, fold in half so you have the same print in front & back, as far as the white slates being visable, use extra material, “wrap” the slates, slice a “feed” hole for the string, then glue to the material. No more issue of friends seeing the white slates from the outside. If you use a busy pattern they won’t even notice, but now the outside has a pretty view just like the inside

  21. This is my kind of project! No sewing required! My husband calls me the wonder under queen! Thanks for posting.

  22. Daffodil Hill says:

    This is so impressive! Wish I had known how to do this a couple of years ago—before I had my Roman shades made. Of course, mine wouldn’t have turned out as nicely as yours. Beautiful kitchen, too, btw.

  23. Kathy in St. Louis says:

    Got directed here from pinterest. Great idea. I would be interested in knowing what exactly you would do to line this though. I’d like to do these in windows that face the side of my home, but are seen from the exterior.

  24. Wow! BRILLIANT! This is so much simpler than some of the tutorials that I’ve seen. Great job!

  25. Farmer Julie says:

    I can’t even tell you how much I love this project <3
    Mad props for sharing it!

  26. Billie says:

    I just love these. I cannot sew and there are just so many things that I love but need to sew. Thank you so sew much!

  27. christen says:

    I love this and will, of course, do it. I’m wondering if it would work leaving all the blinds on, somehow leaving the option of opening and closing them (so it can still be darker sometimes)… anyone try this?

  28. Susan says:

    This is a great idea! Thanks…

  29. elise says:

    Dear Jena,

    Thank you for the link to, and coupon to Tonic Living .
    With it I was able to purchase the Sweet William (16 yds.) to make drapes for our living room sliders.
    I’ve been looking “the perfect colors,and fabric”, since it is duck, it’s durable and ever so lovely.
    I can not thank you enough !
    Very Best Regards,
    Elise

  30. Deanna says:

    Amazing and beautiful…I paid over $500 for custom romans…definitely doing this for another window :) thanks!!

  31. Carli says:

    I will be doing this next week! Thanks so much for the info! I did have one question tho. I already bought the fabric I want to use (from Tonic living!!!) and it a white background. I have a lot of light coming thru that window (just like it looks like you do in your pic) and Im worried that you will be able to see the slats thru the fabric. Do you have that issue? I couldn’t tell from your picture because it was pulled all the way up. Thanks!

    • Carli says:

      This turned out AMAZING!!!! Thank you Thank you THANK YOU!!!! My husband helped me and it only took us an hour. I think it helps that I will keep them in the same spot all the time because pulling them up and down is kinda a battle (bc the cord is in the back) BUT it is PERFECT for what we need. And thanks again for the link to the fabrics. They are so so cute and I got mine from there. Thanks again!

      • Terri says:

        Hi Carli

        If the cord coming from the back is a problem for you, just make a small circular hole at the very top of the fabric, place a metal grommet over the hole and pull the cord to the front…. works perfectly!!

    • Carli says:

      Oh and BTW, you can see the slats thru the fabric but it really doesn’t look bad at all. So again, very happy :)

    • Jena says:

      The sun does shine through, but we hardly ever lower it during the day so it doesn’t bother us. I’d do a backer of some kind to keep this from happening if we did.

  32. I found this post of yours on Pinterest and it inspired me to make one for my kitchen window. Thank you for the inspiration!

  33. Fanny says:

    I was thinking you could maybe cover the other side in either a plain or the same fabric. It adds to the cost, but then it also looks pretty from the outside… :)

  34. Sally Q says:

    My daughter is expecting and she saw this and plans to have me or herself make the roman shades for the baby’s room. I think this is a brilliant idea. I am going to do it for our grandson’s bedroom. I can sew, but this will be a lot easier than making sewn roman shades. I would suggest adding black out cloth to make the blinds darker. You can purchase this material at most fabric stores. To make the back look better I would maybe try using a fusable fabric on the back of the shade in a white. I am going to try this next week. I will come back and tell everyone what works best.

  35. Sally says:

    Looks like a great idea, but I’m just curious how you clean this?

    • Jena says:

      Hmm, good question! I hit it with the vacuum attachment from time to time, and that’s about it :) It stays closed up and is tucked under our soffit, so it doesn’t really get too dirty. Maybe I’m letting my bad cleaning habits out of the bag here, lol.

    • Victoria says:

      We have Lace ‘miniblinds’ that are lined and obviously can’t be washed. We take them down and open all the way and wash in shower. If I need too, I can even use a little soapy water and soft brush and scrub. Dry partially fully opened then while still a little damp close shade up. It has worked great for almost 18 years.

      I now know what I will replace them with when school gets out.

      Thanks for the great tutorial.

  36. pat says:

    Love this! Have had material to make roman shades, but no easy way to do it!
    Will definately try this…Thank You for sharing it!

  37. Angela says:

    Hey I was wondering if the blind slats end up showing from the inside when the sun is shining through????

    Thank you so much for this tutorial!!

  38. Angela says:

    I guess to clarifty, do you see the shadow of the slats through your fabric when the sun is shining through?

    • Carli says:

      I just did mine, and yes, you can see the slats (I have a white background material as well) but honestly, it doesn’t look bad at all. That is just my opinion though. :) Hope this helps! (Just an after thought, if you aren’t going to pull them up and down, just leave them in one spot, you can always hang a darker or black out fabric behind it the exact length of the blind and you might not have that problem. I couldn’t think of any way to line the back without screwing up the folding effect, so I just left it. But if it ends up bothering me, I might just do that because I don’t intend to pull mine up and down…I will just leave it in one spot)

    • Jena says:

      I can see the slats when the sun shines through. I’m sure it depends on the fabric you use, but if it’s a concern I would double up the fabric or do a backer.

  39. zoo says:

    i just have to say thank you!! i have been looking and looking for some idea for my kitchen and bathroom, came across this, and made them! custom made, look amazing and SO easy to make.
    Thanks!!!

  40. Jennifer says:

    Hello! So I purchased my materials (it’s actually a duvet cover) and I am going to attempt this. My window is very large at 102″ so I am making a roman shade that looks like one huge shade, but will have 2qty – 50 3/4 blinds running it. WIll make it interesting when putting it up and down … but what are you going to do …

    ANYWAYS, my husband said “Aren’t the plastic slats going to bend, that is a lot of weight”. Now my mind is running loose on me … HELP … Anyone have an answer to this? I am confused and not sure if I should tackle this now.

    • Jena says:

      I don’t think it will be a problem. The slats are still supported by the ladder cord, and while they do support the weight of the fabric, the weight is distributed between the remaining slats.

  41. April says:

    A but unrelated is that Kashmir White granite for your countertops?

  42. Jennifer Hickling says:

    I use inexpensive sheers (mine are from IKEA) on a tension rod underneath my binds anyways, so there’s no concern over how the back of the curtain looks. I like using tension rod sheers, especially in the summer, so that I can have my windows open without losing privacy.

  43. Simone says:

    I have faux wood blinds with much larger slats…would this still work???? Anyone know?

    • Jena says:

      I think it would still work. The blinds tuck up behind when it’s pulled up, so I don’t think it will matter if you have the bigger faux wood slats. If all else fails, HD/Lowe’s have cheap mini blinds :)

  44. Renee says:

    I have been looking for an easy way to make a Roman shade for 8 years! I have the window and fabric! Can’t wait to creat a new window!!!

  45. Kate says:

    I so love this! Thanks for sharing! It really adds a lot to your kitchen. I can’t wait to do it to mine :)

  46. JUDY RUSSELL says:

    This is just what im looking for, something simple and easy to make with my own two hands for my new home. This is my first and my only new home built by my own houseplan design. It is not going to be like any other home. These hand made roman shades will go with the look im looking for. I think it is an awsome idea and thank you for the directions.

  47. tdp says:

    Cool idea!! If you think the glue may show through the fabric, you could use matching edging, fringe or ribbon and glue/hand stitch it on the fabric in front of the slats, to hide any from showing through (edging or ribbon is usually thick enough so that glue won’t show through it). Better yet eliminate the glue on the fabric altogether and get some of those little Velcro circles, you can glue one side on the blinds where you want it attached … a few across the slats, a few across the top and bottom parts, and hand stitch the other side of the Velcro circles to a few places on the fabric so they line up with the ones placed on the blinds ( what about the little bumps of thread you would see on the front…one could find some groovy upholstery buttons or something to cover those up with… heck even iron on patches or something… if you are good enough with a hand needle you could even stitch in a pattern that need not be covered up). This way the fabric would be easily removed for washing, just literally rip it off the wall ha ha, and to change it up a bit make a few different fabric rectangles and they can be switched out with ease without taking the blinds down, just Velcro up the fabric that strikes your decorating fancy for the month… or matches with whatever holiday is coming up…. Okay, so you spurred a few thoughts in my little head, I am totally doing this someday.

  48. Lauren says:

    This is a wonderful idea! My kitchen blinds are more than a little worse for the wear, and I’ve been daydreaming about making roman blinds–the old fashioned way. It am thrilled to see your great idea. Thanks for the photos and tips. The fabric you chose is cheerful modern, now I get to go fabric shopping!

  49. Peggy says:

    I’m going to try this on one of my windows – love the look!

  50. Stevee says:

    Great idea!!! . . .can’t wait to give it a try . . thx

  51. Carol says:

    Perfect! I have some pink mini-blinds that came with my house that I’ve been wanting to replace when I have more $$$. Now I can do this instead.

    I’ve sewn roman shades before (and may sew the hems on these) but I think using fabric glue on the slats is genius! I think it should last, since fabric glue is meant to not yellow. If the fabric comes unstuck, I’m thinking it would be pretty easy to re-glue, maybe add a handstitch between the cord and the fabric.

    All-in-all, a thrifty way to make something nice for our homes. Thanks for sharing!

  52. Natasha says:

    How many yards of fabric did you need? Just one? Not familiar with buying fabric

    • Marj says:

      Natasha, fabric comes in width of usually 45″ or 60″, so it depends on the fabric pattern (plain fabric doesn’t matter) if it has a directional pattern , just buy the length. measure the width of your window on the inside frame, and then measure the length, add 2 inches to each measurement for 1 inch hem on each of the 4 sides. draw this on paper and take it to the fabric store, they will help you, 1 yard of fabric is 36 inches long, 1 metre is 39 inches long. not sure which country you are from.

    • Jena says:

      I believe we used just one yard, but it depends on the size of your blind. You only need the fabric to be a few inches larger than the blind.

  53. Hi Jena! I just sewed some roman shades and wanted to add a link to my post about shades for no-sew blinds and you have one of the best-explained tutorials out there. They turned out great!

  54. Rami says:

    Look easy and pretty. Do you think you could do fabric on the back so i would look nice on the outside too?

  55. Susan Mullis says:

    Love this idea, just have one question. How did you rehang the shade? My miniblinds have a little slide mechanism that slides into a channel and hold sthe blind in the bracket. I can’t see that on your picture.

  56. Jenny G says:

    Loved this tutorial, shared what mine looked like on my blog!
    http://livinginthebowl.blogspot.com/2012/08/getting-crafty.html

  57. Jessica says:

    Wonder What I should do would love to do this with my kitchen blind but it measures 70inches wide (mounted inside the window). As far as fabric goes?
    Thanks for any suggestions

  58. Amanda says:

    What type of glue did you use?

  59. Jules says:

    Hi,

    Did you use a home decor weight fabric or a regular quilting weight fabric

    Thanks!

  60. Cinny says:

    Cool cool cool idea! Do you think this could be done without taking the whole shade apart, maybe just glueing the fabric to the slats at the same spacing? Maybe would look better on the other side? I’m probably missing something I haven’t thought through though.

  61. Kelly Cramer says:

    Love this! Great tutorial! I did this, and am showing on my blog! Thanks!!

    Kelly
    kellycramer.com

  62. Jackie Lawrence says:

    Im doing this right now, BUT have a thought. What about using thin velcro wafers on the fabric/blind slats. Then it would be very easy to swap out the fabric for different occassions, holidays, thymes, or room makeovers. Just a thought, not sure if it would hold, has anyone tried this? Thanks for the great tips

    • Jena says:

      Clever idea! The slats pull up and stack behind the shade just like they would on a regular blind. It’s hard to tell if the pulling and stacking of the slats would loosen the velcro. Worth a shot! I’d love to know how it turns out if you try it!

  63. retiredjudi says:

    What a fabulous idea! I can hardly wait to try it.

  64. Alex McCoy says:

    Have you found a glue that works especially well? I am excited to try this! There are so many glues on the market and would like to know what you have tried.

  65. Nicole-Lynn says:

    This is one of the best tutorials for a DIY roman shade from mini blinds that I’ve seen! Your shade doesn’t look cheap at all (rude person above who said that!). In fact, I think it actually looks very classy and elegant looking. A wonderful way to experiment with a pop of color in the kitchen! I was able to get all of the supplies for mine very inexpensively! I only paid about $30 for all of my supplies to make mine! Thank you so much!

  66. Stephanie says:

    Just saw this and love it! I have awful mini blinds in our camper and want to replace them with curtains…think I will try this instead :) Thanks for the great idea!

  67. Holly says:

    I have been looking and looking for a shade for my daughter’s room and finding one she likes , that fits, and is reasonable in price has been impossible. This no opens a whole new ….. window! I think I may even use sticky velcro instead of glue so she can change them out and back and do it all again and again as often as she wants! Thank you so much for the tip! It looks fab!

  68. What a neat idea! I’ve gotta try that!!

  69. Taralynn Semmens says:

    LOVE this! I have to admit I worried about the glue too……but I love the idea that one of you had by tacking it on each end and in the middle! What kind of glue did you use. I cant wait to try this!!!

  70. Melissa says:

    What a fantastic and money saving idea! To the classless “lady” who said that they looked “cheap” buggar off!! This was a godsend due to the fact that we can’t afford to make updates to our house that would cost a fortune! Not to mention how nice it is to pick out your own fabric and make it your own accomplishment! My friends have started to do their own due to this blog. Thank you so much! And ps, my toddler girls had a field day playing “campfire” with the extra slats for two hours!!!! Xoxo

  71. Snotty Dottie says:

    Tasks for sharing this great idea! We are trying this with two alterations. If anyone has tried these changes, please let me know.
    1. I want lined shades so I am backing the pretty cotton print I found with a pain cotton. I did some basic sewing (rolled hems) to put the layers together. It looks pretty good.
    2. I want to be able to take the shade down and wash it. Instead of glue, I am using Velcro. It makes the project a little more pricey, but I know my kids are going to touch the shade with sticky hands. I bought sew-on Velcro that I will sew to the shade and then the hook side of the Velcro will stick on the slats.

  72. Marie says:

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing your creative brain!

  73. Beverly says:

    I’m thinking I might try this on my windows in my newly added family room! If you didn’t want the white slats showing so badly on the outside, I would think you could spray paint the back side of the slats in the same color or one of the colors in the shade fabric. At least they would blend in better and you would’t have stark white stripes showing from the outside.

  74. Len says:

    As a handyman, I would suggest that you sew velcro strips on the fabric side, and use a stronger permanant glue for the vecro on the slats. You would have no worries about your glue bleeding through, and you could remove the blind to go in the wash in the future if needed. Good job!

  75. Mary says:

    I love this idea, and although I’ve seen it presented before, THIS tutorial convinced me that the project is do-able and beautiful. BUT….I want to do front windows. Can you explain how I could make them more presentable from the outside? Something about making a lining…?

  76. Kylie F. says:

    What did u do with the pull cord?

  77. Jill says:

    Good thinking! I like this idea and will give it a shot. Keep the brilliance coming! Viva the internet blogs!

  78. Dar says:

    Super excited to try this! I’ve skimmed through the comments and I apologize if this question has been adressed and I missed it…My windows get a lot of direct sunlight; has anyone experienced issues with the glue melting?

  79. Patty l says:

    Can u line it with white fabric so the mini blinds won’t show from the back as much. Will it still work as well

  80. Amy says:

    I feel some fun fabric roman shades coming on for the play room! They already have mini blinds that need a little TLC, ( need to replace some slats that were broken when we moved in) so this will be perfect! I may do my craft room, too! Although those don’t already have blinds. Oooo…I have 2 bathrooms that could use some new window treatments…uh, oh! I just made my “to do” list even longer!

  81. Nancy says:

    Hi – I love this idea and will definitely try it for a bathroom shade. I am wondering if instead of glue – would the stick on velcro pieces work as well. Has anyone tried that? thanks so much for a great idea!

  82. Kerry says:

    WOW what a great idea……you must be a very smart crafty person :) I used the iron on fabric tape on the fabric edges and doubled the fabric. Instead of using fabric glue ( cause I didn’t have any ) I used stick on velcro. Also worked out just perfect…I LOVE IT !!!! Thanks for sharing your ingenius idea :)

    • Jena says:

      Kerry, thank you SO much for letting me know how the velcro turned out! I’ve had a lot of questions about whether velcro would work instead of glue, and I’m so happy to hear it worked for you!

  83. JOVY says:

    Thanks so much for posting such a wonderful project. You make it look really simple. Love it!!!

  84. Debbie says:

    Hi Jena, I just wanted to say that this is a FABULOUS idea. I have been sewing for most of my life, but I would still want to try this. I don’t think it’s cheap looking at all. We paid over $2,000 for the window treatments in our kitchen, and I would put yours up next to them any day. Thanks so much for such a great tutorial, and keep up the awesome work! Oh, and thanks for stopping by and your sweet comment on my blog. They’re always appreciated. :)

    Debbie

  85. Kristen says:

    I love this idea and can’t wait to give it a try. I have several windows that need to be “jazzed up”, but I haven’t had the time (or energy) to pull out the sewing machine. This will be the perfect way to make them look so much better. Thanks for sharing!

  86. Terry says:

    you can use a grommet maker or button hold and pull the cords to the front…I have a little valence on one that covers this or just pull from the back…which works fine.

  87. Tiggy says:

    I think it is a fab idea and how rude is Jeanne?????? I hope they feel thoroughly ashamed of themselves now.

    I agree that if you have nothing good to say, say nothing at all.

    Keep up the good work Jena :)

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  89. Annie says:

    Yes I am experiencing glue melting at present. My blind is a shop bought one purchased 2 years ago and due to a heatwave the last 2 weeks…all the centre has come away and it is litrally hanging by the 2 corners at present. I’m sure in the next few days it will just come away completely.

  90. Emily says:

    I would like to make these shades with lining as they will be on the front of the house. Would you suggest that the liner and fabric sandwich the slats or that I line the fabric before placing it on the slats?

    • Jena M says:

      I haven’t tried either myself, but if it is going to be on the front of the house I would try and sandwich the slats to hide them.

      • Janice says:

        Can someone explain how to line the shade? If you sandwich the slats, do you need to glue to slats to the lining also? Would you bond or glue the lining to the main fabric along the edges? Or…if you are just lining the fabric before adding the slats…do both layers of fabric pull up evenly together when the shade is raised? Does the glue end up going through both layers of fabric, holding them together? Thanks for a great idea!

    • Margaret says:

      @Emily – Hi Did you end up sandwiching your lining and fabric on either side of your mini blinds? if so how did you make sure they pulled up correctly? where were they attached?

  91. carol says:

    had to ignore most of the comments… I particularly am very glad my niece posted this on her Pinterest as i have actual Roman blinds that have faded over time and need replacing. this is a great idea and i will be doing it soon. probably with heavier fabric to block out some sun… fabric glue remains flexible, by the way and should not pull away from the slats. thanks again for a great idea.

  92. I love this idea! The fabric is beautiful too. :)

  93. Mary says:

    Hi! Does it matter if you buy the 3 dollar blinds. Do you need more sturdier ones to help the fabric not swag?
    Thanks,
    Mary

  94. Jan says:

    Making these for my masterbath. Used a regular curtain as our shower curtain and shirred it on (since it’s double rod) and purchased two additional panels for the windows. What I’m going to attempt to do is carefully remove the pull cords and using spray paint for plastic, color match the slats to the fabric. ( Even though it (fabric) has a pattern they are semi-sheer and wanted that rail to disappear a bit more.) Then reinsert the pull cords. The blinds were inexpensive so if it doesn’t work out, I’ll just get another. The windows are narrow and rather tall and no window treatment worked or was expensive. This idea was fabulous and I can’t wait to see the end result. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

  95. Mary says:

    I think it looks fine from the outside too… better than a regular blind. These are great!

  96. ski says:

    I made the shade today. For my first attempt I was very pleased. I will definitely make more using your instructions. Thanks.

  97. Reena says:

    I am thinking to stitch the fabric and bars lightly in place of the glue. Do you think it will work?

  98. Tara says:

    Love this & really want to do it!! My question is about the feasibility of making this for outside mount. For various reasons I need to outside mount the blind but the blinds I’ve see for that have an extra piece or valance at the top. I’m not innately crafty & would love your suggestions on how to do it that way –if you have any ideas :) Thanks!

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  100. Jennifer fisette says:

    I love the shade. Updating our old n very dated RV that we just purchased. Came with mini blinds on all the windows. I’ve finished 4 out of the 8 windows with the roman shades n the look BEAUTIFUL !!!!! Omg I’m sooooo pleased. Bought be fun bright table clothes at Ross for my fabric n cost of each window is about $5 per treatment!! love love love it! Thanks for the step by step instructions they worked out perfectly.

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