About a year ago we installed some Ikea Billy bookshelves in our little loft. We chose units to fit around the window, but it left an awkward foot or so of wall above the window that I didn't like.
I had decided that I wanted to mound a roman shade to the wall that would cover up that space and make the window look taller. I had read through a few tutorials on how to make roman shades, and they were a bit intimidating. Then I saw this easy, clever idea, but I really wanted a functioning shade, so that was a no-go. Solution: turn my yucky mini blinds into a pretty shade! I followed the tutorial over at the little green notebook, and I really love the color they add to the room.
I chose the Amy Butler fabric because it picked up the wall color and the color of our desk chair. Plus, it's just an awesome print, right? I bought the fabric from my friend's online fabric shop, Christa Quilts. Check it out!
If you are thinking of tackling this project yourself, here are a few of my tips!
1. Taking the thing apart was confusing and a bit scary for me, so I thought I would point out the important string. You want to keep the one that runs through the center, the lattice that is used to tilt the blinds can be cut off.
2. Measure, measure, measure! I tried to make sure everything was measured exactly right, but one of my slats seems to be a bit off.
3. If you want to line your shade, don't try to do it the way I tried to do it. That totally will NOT work. I first glued the blinds to my shade fabric, and then glued my lining fabric on the back, sandwiching the blinds between the two pieces of fabric. If you do it that way, your shade will not gather the way it should.
If you want to line your shade, you will need to add the lining fabric BEFORE gluing on the blinds. When I realized, my mistake, I just ripped the lining fabric off the back. I may redo it later, but for the moment my shade is remaining unlined.
Anyway, overall, I am very happy with my new pretty shades! I am working on a few more projects in our loft. Coming soon!
I'm linking up at Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts, Hookin Up with House of Hepworths, What I Whipped Up Wednesday at Sugar and Dots, Friday Flair at Whipperberry, Weekend Show Off Party at Ladybird Ln, Friday Fun Finds at Kojo Designs, Party Mindie Style at the Hungry Hungry Hypo, Pity Party at Thirty Handmade Days, Nifty Thrifty Sunday at Nifty Thrifty Things, and Hoo's Got Talent at Night Owl Crafting (which is totally appropriate since I finished this at two in the morning).