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Monday, September 3, 2012

A 'No Strings" Roman Blind

      I have been mapping this project out in my mind for months! Do you do this? I've made many tweaks in my brain with it along the way! What I wanted was some way to give us privacy at the front door, be easy to open and close and not involve holes in the door! That's not too much to ask is it?

       Coming up with the 'how to' was pretty easy, it was the fabric that was more difficult! Centsational Girl had an awesome post a while back that cataloged all of the great fabric stores online! I thought I hit the jackpot with this post of hers and was just sure I would find some fabric that sang to me. While I did find a lot of great fabrics {and I totally recommend this post if you are in the market for some} I just couldn't find what I was looking for!

       Imagine my shear delight while perusing Hobby Lobby last week when this amazing fabric practically leaped off the shelf and into my cart!!! I bought the chevron for the door and a little extra for a pillow and bought the contrasting paisley to make another pillow for the new entry bench.

     Here's how the new valence turned out:     {and then I'll show you how to make it!}

1)     First take measurements for how much fabric you need. I measured my window opening and then added an inch on each side and two inches on the top.

2)     Lay your cut piece of beautiful fabric on top of your lining fabric. Any kind of inexpensive fabric would work. I used an old sheet. For a front door {at least for us} we didn't need light control, just privacy. If you are making this for a bedroom you might want to consider a heavier fabric.  Iron as you go!

3)     I am no seamstress {I can do straight sewing but that's about it~ I'm sure some of you professionals are cringing about now~but this works for me!} Lay your fabric right side down facing your lining fabric and sew along the sides and bottom.

4)        Once you've sewn the three sides trim your corners so that when you turn it right side out your corners look nice.

5)       Iron it again and then you are going to sew two straight vertical lines from the bottom up about 1/4 of the way in on each side. This helps to keep your lining straight and flat against your top fabric and it gives the look of the 'string' that 'pulls' up your blind. This is not a necessary step but is a nice detail.

6)       Now you are going to fold the top edge back and sew after you check your fabric against your window opening to make sure it will cover sufficiently.

7)       Now its velcro time! For this blind you need about 17 inches of sew in velcro {the non-sticky kind} and an equal amount of sticky velcro. The sticky side sticks to the door frame and the non-sticky kind is sewn into your blind.

As you can see by the above to pictures, the top one shows three equal strips of velcro along the top edge. These were sewn in using the zig-zag stitch. Then attach the sticky velcro to the sew in one and line it up on your window frame and peel off your backing.

8)       Next you are going to measure down from the top about 10 inches on each side. Here you are going to sew in a 1 inch piece of velcro and continue this two more times. I hung it, measured down and marked each spot with a stick pin.

9)       Once your side velcro pieces are sewn in you just have two more to do. These two are sewn onto the front of your fabric.

10)       Now its the fun part! You get to put it up! If you scroll up you can see that there is sticky velcro along the top and part of the side of the window frame. This is so that you can stick your velcro pieces up and it will look like a roman blind. With the two pieces on the bottom you will need to add sticky velcro unpeeled  to this then when your other pleats are in place you can see exactly where you want the bottom to be and then stick the other half of the velcro pair to the frame.


     When its done its really easy to pull down and takes just a sec to push your velcro in place to open it. This is a great solution if you don't want to add hardware to a metal door and you'd never know its velcroed!

       Hopefully I explained this clearly enough but if you have questions shoot me an email or leave a comment!
       Have a great labor day! We are soaking up this last day with the kiddos before they head back to school tomorrow! This summer has gone by way too fast!

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