Wednesday, July 16, 2014

How to Make Super Duper easy Blinds.

The other day you caught a glimpse of the blinds now hanging in my trailer. These have been my blind of choice for years for one simple reason.... No Strings. Don't get me wrong I love the look of Roman Blinds but not a fan of the drawstrings. I don't like having them hang there when the blinds are open, or having to add a hook to keep them it out of the way. I also don't like how alluring strings are for little ones to play with, or maybe I'm just a hater of strings,lol. But I most definitely don't want strings hanging all over in my trailer.

So here we go. First measure your window making sure that your finished blind will cover your window frame, side to side and top to bottom. Now your going to add seam allowances to that measurement on the bottom and side seams. I usual add 1/2 inch (1.5 cm) to each seam measurement. To the top your going to add about 2 extra inches (5cm)

If you notice, I forgot to add the 2 inches so I needed to add to it. It was a slap to forehead moment.

Here is where having second hand sheets comes in handy. They are the fabric on the reverse side.

And I also used the sheets for the ties. They are cut according to how much hang you want to your blind.

Now sew this together to make a pillow case type affair, and iron the whole thing flat. 
Also now it the time to make your ties. Fold them in half length wise and sew, turn and iron. Tuck in one end of each tie, iron and sew/topstich. This time around I added buttons and buttonholes but I've also made the ties to just tie up or I've just sewed it into a loop. Make sure the ties are evenly spaced from the ends or your blind.
Now you need to slip the dowel between the two fabrics to the bottom of your blind. This will be used to help you roll them up. You'll see that its cut slightly shorter then the blind.

This gives you a better look at how the ties are laid out.

Now you need a piece of wood for the top cut just shy of your blind as a way to hang and staple.

Now screw to just above your window. We put a screw in the middle and one on each end.

And ta-da! :)

Supply List

Coordinating fabric
Buttons (optional)
5/8 Dowel
1x1 wood
Stapler, staples
Screws (depending on what your screwing into)
Drill to use as a screwgun (easiest method)

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