We have one little window in our cozy and newly renovated 7 foot by 14 foot kitchen. We also have two doorways and a pass-through. Interesting for traffic flow, let me tell ya. But I digress.
The one window is actually quite nice to have after several years of not having one at all. But it is little and it just happens to look out the side of our house… directly at the neighbour’s carport roof. Ugh. This makes for a pretty blah view. (Unless there happens to be a raccoon up there at one o’clock in the morning. But again that is another story.)
The view of the carport also makes the kitchen quite hot in the summer when the sun bounces off those black shingles right in through the window. So, we needed something that still let in some light, but kept out the view and the heat. Que my ‘bright’ idea for window coverings: roman blinds. Faux roman blinds to be exact. Just for show.
But not just any roman blinds. I wanted to make my own. I wanted something with a kick. And where does one go when one wants fabric with a kick? Tonic Living of course! If you are a regular reader, you know how much we love Tonic Living here at Chez Acheson. You also know that Tonic Living ships sample sizes of their fabric really cheap and that we had a few samples a while back that we turned into art. One of those samples was Drift in black (and white). It was the perfect fit for our white kitchen.
As is always the case with our projects, we had a self-imposed deadline. My sis was coming for a couple of days of shopping and I wanted the new window coverings up by the time she arrived. (Don’t ask why. Just accept that I have weird deadlines). Enter Tonic Living’s quick shipping. I ordered the fabric on Tuesday and it arrived on Wednesday! And, this shows you how easy this project was, I finished the entire thing on Thursday!
How to Make Faux Roman Blinds
The first thing I did was measure the width of the window and add 2 inches for hemming (1 inch each side). Then I measured the windows length and added 4 inches for hemming (2 inches each top and bottom). I do not sew often, so my measuring tools tend to be regular ‘manly’ tools, like my hubby’s measuring tape. I usually use his four foot level as a straightedge too. However it happened to be out in the shed. Um, yeah. Not in the mood to go there. Enter a lovely extra piece of crown moulding kicking around the house. Hey, it worked.
I cut 2 identical pieces of fabric and ironed them. (Thank you to my 6 year old for pointing out that there were too many lines and wrinkles and that mommy should iron the fabric first).
After ironing the folded hems, I pinned the pieces together each face out (with the ironed hems folded inside). Then I machine-sewed all the way around with white cotton thread.
I cut two lengths of ribbon, pinned them 3 inches from each side and stitched them in place. Since our window faces nothing anyone will see from the outside, the ribbon was only as long as the blind plus one inch on the top and one inch on the bottom to wrap around the back. If you have a normal window you would have to make your ribbon long enough for the front and back sides.
For the next part, you sort of have to play around. Basically you want to make the look of roman blinds. How much you fold is up to you and the window you have. Then just hand tack (sew) the folds from the back without coming through the front.
I asked hubby to screw a length of 1″ x 2″ pine to the inside of the window ‘box’. I purchased stick-on Velcro and stuck one strip on the wood and hot glued the other half to the back of the roman blind. (I used hot glue because the stick-on wouldn’t well, stick on).
After leaving the glue to dry overnight (hubby’s recommendation), I attached the Velcro together and had a brand spanking new roman blind just in time for my sister’s visit!
What do you think? Does anyone else have diy custom window coverings? We’d love to see them. Send us an email or comment below!