Arlyn’s Under $100 Roman Shade DIY (NO SEWING MACHINE REQUIRED)

Prepared for a venture you are able to do in beneath two hours that prices, oh…90% lower than shopping for it custom-made? Properly, I’ve bought one for you as we speak: my DIY Roman shade utilizing a cordless mini blind. Yeah…these cheapo plastic issues in each rental window you’ve ever had? That mini-blind! Pin this one for that useless week between Christmas and New 12 months’s once you’ve bought nothing higher to do than eat stale cookies and tinker round the home.

Let me rewind for a second. As I used to be engaged on the design of my rental kitchen, I knew instantly upon embarking on my makeover journey that the damaged vertical blinds in my breakfast nook had been going to have to get replaced. I didn’t need lengthy window panels there, gathering mud and Cheerios crumbs on the every day, so my different choice was a Roman shade. The scale of my window is 70”x74” so it’s definitely not small or an ordinary dimension by any means. I searched throughout the web for one thing not exceeding $250 or so and it couldn’t be finished. Not for that dimension, no less than. I bought a quote from an area seamstress that got here advisable to me for $600. Then, a designer buddy of mine gave me the title of a workroom to name they usually quoted me $800.

And the scary half is these costs are literally fairly truthful, no less than in comparison with many others I noticed upwards of $1,500…or much more. 

So I needed to provide you with an alternative choice. I’m pretty artful and useful with a stitching machine, so I watched YouTube tutorial after YouTube tutorial on find out how to make my very own. It appeared cumbersome however doable. The one downside was that I wanted a cordless system for baby security, and all of the cordless carry programs I discovered for my DIY curtain state of affairs had been going for over $200, every (and I wanted two). 

I sort of felt defeated, truthfully. Till I discovered the best, least expensive answer of all! 

After deciding that I wished to do two exterior mount Roman shades, I ordered these mini blinds from Mattress Tub & Past. You may get yours wherever…Dwelling Depot, Lowe’s, even Amazon. Mine had been $35 every (my size is difficult to seek out so it was a bit extra “premium”). 

And for anybody studying who’s however pondering “Nah, I don’t have a stitching machine,” I’m right here to inform you that I did this solely with glue and iron-on hem tape. If in case you have an iron and scissors, you are able to do this DIY. Cross my coronary heart. 

In a really foolish transfer, I didn’t take any progress photographs of the Romans I made for my kitchen, however when everybody commented on my reveal that I needed to share a tutorial for a way I did it, I made a decision it was for the very best. I used to be a seasoned Roman shade maker at this level. I do know all of the locations I went unsuitable and would like to redo by myself window coverings, so doing it *once more* to indicate you find out how to do it was a super scenario for the Web at massive. So I purchased the most affordable mini blind I might discover (it was $11 on Amazon), used the leftover sheets I purchased for the pendant gentle in my kitchen as the material, purchased some extra glue, and set to work taking photographs this time. 

So, by widespread demand, I wrote out my step-by-step directions for find out how to make your very personal extremely inexpensive, renter and homeowner-friendly Roman shades (I did this second take throughout my daughter’s nap begin to end whereas stopping to take photographs so yeah, it’s straightforward and quick). 

design by arlyn hernandez | styled by emily edith bowser | picture by veronica crawford | from: arlyn’s rental kitchen reveal Jjust may need you wishing you had brown—and even cherry— cupboards (sure, actually)

How To DIY A Roman Shade From Mini Blinds

Venture Whole Time: ~2 hours


  • Decor-weight cloth
  • Lining cloth (in case you plan on lining your Roman shade)
  • Cordless mini blinds (or corded, your selection, sized to suit your window both inside or exterior mounted)
  • Cloth glue (I like Fabri-Tac however PLEASE check it out in your cloth beforehand to ensure it’s not seen by means of it as soon as dry)
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil or cloth marker
  • Iron and ironing board

Step 1: Collect Your Provides

First issues first – spherical up your necessities. For the home windows in my kitchen, I used light-weight linen from Tonic Dwelling in addition to a lining cloth since I wished to line mine. It’s pointless to line your Roman shade relying on how nicely your cloth filters gentle. 

Step 2: Set Up Your Workspace

Relying on how massive your Roman shade goes to be, you’ll be able to both work on a desk like your eating desk, or on the ground. I labored on the ground as every of my shades was 75 inches lengthy. It’s greatest to put down both previous cardboard, a tarp, and even an previous bathe curtain liner on the floor in case glue goes awry. 

Step 3: Prepared The Cloth

Let’s prep that cloth. Measure your window (in idea, you must have already finished this to purchase the right dimension mini blind) and add 4 inches to the width and 6 inches to the size to permit for a correct hem and seam allowance. Iron your cloth so it’s good and crisp and mark the width and size you want. Lower cloth. 

Step 4: Iron Your Seams

I favor the skilled look of a double-folded seam. Right here’s the way you do it: On the vertical components of your cloth (the left and proper facet), measure simply shy of an inch, fold at that distance and iron. Then fold over one other inch and iron once more. Repeat that course of for the highest and backside, however make your first fold simply shy of an inch and a half and your second fold a full inch and a half for a complete of three inches of cloth. Set your cloth apart.

HOT TIP: Earlier than doing any gluing, lay your ironed cloth over your mini blind to ensure your cloth is vast sufficient to cowl all of the slats. For those who overshot among the seam allowances, you’ll be able to all the time return and iron once more, however it’s a lot tougher to repair after glue has been utilized. 

Step 5: Glue The Seams You Simply Created

In my first Roman shade try, I used iron-on hem tape for all my seams, however on my second go (right here), I made a decision to only use glue as an alternative. I gotta say, the glue is MUCH higher and quicker. Relying on the thickness of your cloth, the iron-on hem tape won’t be robust sufficient to carry a double fold and can ultimately begin coming aside. 

Glue the primary fold down, then the second. 

Step 6: Prep The Mini Blind

Now, onto the mini blinds – the unsung heroes of this DIY escapade. Lay them out absolutely open and pulled down in your work floor. Fastidiously (and I imply SO rigorously), snip the ladder strings of the mini blinds. What you might want to keep away from is by chance chopping the middle string that operates the blinds. For those who lower that, it received’t work. You’ll have to chop the ladder string off on the prime and backside. Discard.

Step 7: Determine On Roman Shade Fold Depend

The entire look of a Roman shade is the folds within the cloth. I went with 8 folds for my Romans and assume that labored properly for my size (75”), however it’s completely a choice. Spacing of between 7-10 inches between folds is commonest. (For those who’re doing this alone, you might must stack one thing heavy on the highest and backside of the mini blind in any other case it can attempt to shut itself. Therefore my books within the picture.)

Step 8: Take away, Lower, And Knot

The underside bar of the mini blinds ought to have two to a few plugs relying on the width. Pop these off (Mild! We’ll be placing them again on) and set them apart. Seize that pull twine and slide off all the additional mini blinds you received’t want on your blind. Then tie a knot on the twine (in case your mini blind is simply too lengthy on your window, you’ll be able to lower it to your most popular size right here) and put again the plugs. 

HOT TIP: One model of the mini blinds I purchased didn’t simply let me take the twine out of the plug, so I needed to manually lower off each single slat as an alternative. Take into account that your Plan B if want be.

Step 9: Cloth And Blinds unite!

It’s time for the grand finale – fusing cloth and blinds. Lay these blinds on the unsuitable facet of your cloth, measure the house between the slats you preselected, flip every slat over, apply a skinny squiggly line of cloth glue on the rounded facet, flip it again and gently set it into place. I discovered it useful to mark the highest of the place I wished every slat to take a seat on my cloth on each the left and proper sides since issues can simply shift. One sneeze and BOOM, all of your measurements are off. Don’t overlook to connect the highest bar in place too (depart 1 / 4 to half an inch of additional cloth above it for a clear look. 

HOT TIP: I made the underside bar of my mini blind play the position of the ultimate slat, leaving a further few inches of cloth beneath it so I might slide a Roman shade weight bar into the underside seam. For the document, that is the load I used. 

Step 10: Let It Dry, Then Set up And Marvel At Your Extremely Finances-Pleasant Roman Shade

Fabri-Tac dries very quick so that you don’t have to attend lengthy, truthfully. From there, simply comply with the set up directions that got here along with your mini blinds (or in case you’re masking current blinds, simply pop it again in place!). 

design by arlyn hernandez | styled by emily edith bowser | picture by veronica crawford | from: arlyn’s rental kitchen reveal Jjust may need you wishing you had brown—and even cherry— cupboards (sure, actually)

And that’s it! Once more, I’d say you would do that in 1-3 hours, relying on the scale of your shade, how targeted you may be, and what number of you’re making. We love ours they usually made such an infinite visible impression and distinction in our kitchen with out having to spend huge bucks. 

Let me know within the feedback when you have any questions in regards to the steps. Completely satisfied that can assist you troubleshoot something. Good luck, and don’t overlook to share photographs of the Roman shades you made on Instagram and tag @em_henderson so we will see, too! 

Your buddy in inexpensive design, 


Opening Picture Credit: Design by Arlyn Hernandez | Styling by Emily Edith Bowser| Images by Veronica Crawford | From: Arlyn’s Rental Kitchen Reveal Simply Would possibly Have You Wishing You Had Brown—Or Even Cherry— Cupboards (Sure, Actually)

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