Fancy Roman Blinds

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We recently added these lightweight transparent blinds to our new windows, adding privacy without shading the room too much from light.

We chose roman blinds in a white transparent linen blend. Having a partly synthetic fabric helps against distortion during the sewing, while the linen gives it a natural but neat look.

To make them, we followed the following steps:

  • Measure the windows and cut the fabric. We made the following calculations:
    • Window pane height + 7 cm above + 5 cm beneath
    • Window pane width + 6 cm (3 cm at each side)
    • To reinforce the upper side: a strip of flannel, that measures the window pane width x 3 cm height
    • Four strips for the pockets to fit the slats: each one (window pane width + 2 cm) x 7 cm height.
      You probably want the blinds to cover the window a bit on any of the four sides, add this in the window pane height and width.

We also used:

    • an adhesive system for roman blinds
    • 5 wooden slats for each blind, 5 mm x 1.5 mm, 1 cm shorter than window width

Then we proceeded as follows:

  • Sew reinforcement on the upper side and finish the other borders: align the strip of flannel with the back of the fabric and turn 2 times and pin; also turn the long sides of the fabric two times 1 cm. Pin or iron and sew around the reinforcement and along the vertical sides. Verify the desired length on the window, the lower border should be 5 cm longer. Overlock this side.
  • Iron the pockets for the slats: turn 1 cm towards the inside on each of the long sides, then fold in half. Unfold halves, fold in the short sides about 1 cm (check the width on the main fabric, it should be slightly shorter than total width) and sew to help the wooden slats slide in. Fold back the long halves and sew them together, at 1 or 2 mm of the border. Repeat for each of the pockets.
  • Align the pockets on the main fabric. To calculate where to fix each pocket, we divided the length of the window into 5, making the first rectangle slightly higher (when pulling up, the next four will go behind this one), and the last one about half the length (because we didn’t want it to stick out when the blinds are pulled up). we sewed them on the fabric, aligning the pockets with the sides which were already sewed on the upper side, sewing only the lower side (to leave only one seam visible on the right side of the fabric).
  • Then we attached the rings to the upper side of each pocket (having a sewing line makes the fabric a little more resistant to any tearing), at about 8 cm from each side, stitching them on by hand.
  • Fit the wooden slats into the pockets. Make sure they are slightly shorter so they disappear in the pockets.
  • Attach the velcro strip to the reinforced upper border.
  • Adjust the system for the blinds (you can choose the side of the string, adjust the position of the pulleys and shorten the length to match the width of the blinds) and attach it with the adhesive above the window. Wait a few hours before hanging anything, so it adheres well.
  • Hang the blinds onto the system with the velcro tape. Fit in the strings through the rings and fix at the last one, then shorten them to the right length. Here is a diagram of how the pulley system works.

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We recorded the making of the roman blinds for a window in this video, but since we were pleased wih the results, we also made one for a glazed door and the same technique worked fine.

Finally, remember to be careful if you have small children around that the strings are out of their reach so that they cannot get hurt.

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