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January 31, 2012


Got it done and it looks great. I'm so glad it works! Thanks Jen!

I'm in the process of gathering and measuring to give this a try. Gulp!

I have posted pics of the blinds on Facebook, if you would like to see them. My page is "Susan Angela Haigh". Once again, many thanks for your help. You will never know how much easier your advice made a daunting project.

Hello Jen! I came across your blog on how to make roman blinds and bookmarked the page so I come and have a look anytime I needed help. I live in the UK (Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, England) in a 100 years old stone built terrace house. Instead of screwing battens to brackets to hang the blinds, my dh fixed substantial battens (1" x 1" and a quarter) to the wall directly above the architrave on the windows and fixed eyelet screws into the base of that to carry the weight, as I have made quite heavy curtains (that are lined with blackout material). I have used roman blind tape sewn across the fabric to hold fibreglass rods and made the bottom weight out of a length of thin hardwood. The blinds are held onto the batten by (very strong) Velcro tape, which is stuck onto the batten and sewn onto the blind. The large blind measures 6'7" x 6'7". The smaller blind measures 5'1" x 2'3". I don't think that I would have worked the mechanics out for my project as easily, Had I not found your blog. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR POSTING! You are a star!

love all this info on makin blinds, easiest instructions ever. thanks

The Roman blinds definitely uplift your kitchen room setting. Plus, speaking of functionality, it is very suitable, particularly the one above the sink. Raising and lowering the blinds to keep the area from dirt or grease can be done with precision and minimal effort.

Thanks for such simplistic instructions - you make me realize I CAN do this :) I read your instructions for the inside mounts then saw the link for outside mounting which is what I must do due to pre-existing holes in the wall. The L-shaped brackets are a great idea. I also like Carrie Chamberlain's suggestion to use velcro as I will have to was my curtains regularly as they will be close to the cooking area.

Thought you might like the idea a friend used for her blinds. Instead of all the hardware for outside blinds - attach a piece of thin wood all along top of window. Stick a length of Velcro to same length.
On the top of blind stick the opposite side of Velcro. Attach to each other. Then if you have fabric that can be washed you just peel the Velcro apart and hey presto!

Phyllis: I was thinking of doing something similar as I was contemplating making my own reading this post. My mother in law has roman shades in her living room and they have the wooden dowels at each fold. As far as I can tell, there is a line of sewing (sorry not sure what else to call it!) at each level that the dowel rests on. So, instead of one panel sewn on just the edges, it is also sewn at several intervals up the shade. I haven't decided if I am going to try it yet, but I hope that helps!

Thanks so much for all your helpful hints! Have you ever tried placing wooden dowels or thin metal bars at each fold line? I have seen this done on samples of custom drapery. The rod is placed between the decorator fabric and the lining & across the top of the rings? I'm not at all sure how they stay in place. Any ideas about this?

This looks like it will be fun I can't wait to try it. I would just like to comment on your digs about Home Depot, my husband has worked for Home Depot for 18 years. He has been late, missed out on functions he even took an cabinet door not brought at home depot and could no longer be found anywhere and rebuilt for this very old gentlemen , has personally pick up an elderly woman's microwave for her because she had no way of returning it and mowed another elderly couples lawn. I call that great customer service. My husband is a family man and I am thankful for my husbands job at the Home Depot.

Was it hard to add the scallop on the bottom of the shade? I would like to add this when I try to make mine for the master bath. Thanks for the great tutorial!

OMG! My creative juices are flowing. Thanks for this post. This is the ultimate do it yourself professional window for those sheetrock window sills. How clever of you to think to use L shaped brackets to hang these. I adore this two patterned shades, the scallops make this shade so sharp! Love it!

great instructions! I have a quick question - I would like to create a roman blind in a sheer, linen type fabric (so I wouldn't be lining it in the sunblock fabric). In your opinion, would a light fabric work? My concern is that the fold will not take because essentially, there will be no weight to it...Thanks!

bravo...I'm still scared after reading the instructions but someday this is going to help me

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