By the looks of my recent posts, you may be thinking that all I make around here is babies, but truth be told I made something else I want to share - instructions for no sew roman shades. And when I say "No Sew", I really mean it. Pinkie swear. And I only say this because when I was doing my own research on making roman shades without using a dreaded sewing machine (no really, I don't sew), I got lured in to a few DIY instructions only to find "sew this" or "sew that" buried somewhere mid-post.
I did see a few versions on Pinterest that used mini blinds (like this and this), which I found to be pretty ingenious, but I decided against them since the mini blind hardware was visible from the back. Because the backs of the shades would be visible from the street, I wanted the shades to look (nearly) as lovely from the back as they did from the front since we are still trying to trick our new neighbors into thinking we're normal.
Custom shades were out of the question (um, we just had our second baby and bought a house. If I'm spending $300+ on a few yards of fabric it better do something really magical, like make my muffin top disappear), so instead I set off to make them in a way that made sense for me. And of course I'm pretending that it makes total sense to undertake the creation of roman shades while unpacking boxes, taking care of a newborn and keeping a two year old from running with scissors. Realistic expectations? Not my strong suit.
Back to the blinds. After everything was said and done, each blind cost me $39 from top to bottom, but the cost could be lower or higher for you depending mostly on the fabric you select and less so on what supplies you already have vs. what you may have to purchase. Truth be told, the main tool is an iron, so don't cue the sweaty palms just yet.
The actual instructions are fairly long so i made a separate post for the actual step-by-step instructions. You can find the instructions here or through the link below. It's not that the process is so complicated (since it's basically just measuring and ironing), but I probably overshared for fear of leaving someone in the lurch mid-iron.
The New No-Sew (Pinkie Swear!) Roman Shades Step-by-Step Instructions (click here)
Here are some more photos of my finished (and frugal) shades...