Posted: Apr 19, 2013 8:00 AM
 
Mini blinds are incredibly functional, but not particularly beautiful. If you are looking for a way to spruce up your window treatments, try making some pretty Roman shades using the mini blinds you already have!

The right window treatments can add so much to a room. If you have a window in need of a little extra something, bring it to life with this easy Roman shade tutorial. The best part is that there's no sewing required!

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What you'll need

  • Decorator weight fabric
  • 1/2-inch fusible hem tape
  • Fabric glue
  • Scissors
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Fabric tape measure
  • Regular tape measure
  • Mini blinds

What you'll do

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Decide which window you want to create a Roman shade for. You can use your existing mini blinds, or if you don't already have some, you can get them inexpensively from the hardware store.

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Use your tape measure to measure the width and height of your window. Write the measurements down for later.

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Iron the fabric to remove any wrinkles or creases.

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Measure out your fabric. You will want the fabric to be 1-inch wider and 2-inches taller than your window opening.

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Cut the fabric to size.

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Fold in both sides of the fabric 1/2-inch and press.

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Lay the hem tape in the fold in the fabric.

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Use the iron to fuse the hem tape into place.

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Repeat steps 6 through 8 for the top and bottom edges of the fabric, then lay the fabric out, printed side down.

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Apply a generous amount of fabric glue to the front of the top bar of the mini blinds.

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Lay the mini blinds front side down on to the back side of the fabric. Line up the top of the fabric with the top of the mini blinds.

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Locate the two types of strings that run between the mini blinds. There will be a thicker pull cord that runs between the blinds, and a ladder cord that supports each blind. Only remove the ladder cord, do not cut the pull cord.

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Trim the ladder cord between each mini blind. I had three ladder cords on my mini blinds, so be sure to remove all of them.

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Remove the caps from the bottom bar on the mini blinds. Untie the cord and remove the bar from the mini blinds.

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Slide most of the mini blind slats off of the cord, leaving just a few slats behind.

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Lay out your fabric tape measure and determine how far apart you want the slats for your Roman shades to be spaced. I spaced mine approximately every 6 inches.

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Starting at the top slat, run a line of glue underneath the slat. Be careful not to glue the pull cords.

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Press the slat down into the glue. Glue down the rest of the slats in the same way.

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Feed the bottom bar of the mini blinds back on the pull cord. Tie a knot in the cord, then replace the caps that you removed earlier.

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Fold the bottom of the fabric up and glue it to the underside of the bar. Keep the shade laying flat on the floor until the glue is completely dry. Once the glue has dried your shade is ready to hang in the window.

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