Homemade Window Shades

We’ve been thinking and thinking about our windows for a while now. The plastic mini-blinds just had to go and soon. But many window blinds and shades cost a pretty penny and we knew we couldn’t get away with curtains unless we wanted to see our cats acting like Tarzan. So our options were limited and we were beginning to think that we would have to buy faux wooden blinds – pretty expensive for something so boring.

Until I saw this tutorial at Little Green Notebook! How to make shades out of plastic mini-blinds! So after a trip to two fabric stores, we picked out a fun fabric that we liked and got only two yard so we could experiment before committing.

The step-by-step directions can be found at the Little Green Notebook, but you can get an idea of how the shade was made by the picture below – which you will also see Nick playing on-line poker and Tala conspiring how to be allowed to lay on the fabric.

The final verdict? It isn’t perfect, which bothers me since I really tried my best to do everything right – but it’s not bad. A couple of things I’ve learned – work on hard floor, not on the carpet; add another fabric to the back so the “seams” can’t be seen; and get the cats outta there. (We tried putting them in the bedroom, but they somehow broke out. Nick thought of the garage, their favorite playground, and that worked perfectly).

I think it would look SO MUCH BETTER with trim around the windows, which we plan to add sometime soon. But I think the new shades will push us to do that project sooner than later. Like, next month. Here’s proof that trim will look GOOD:

Much better. Can’t wait to add that trim.

We’ll go to the fabric store again soon to buy more yards of the fabric and figure out the second fabric to put in the back. Perhaps just a simple black fabric? Or black-out fabric? We’ll figure it out.

I was looking at the fabric yesterday and asked Nick, “Is that fabric too young? Should we try to get something a bit more older?” He said, “We’ll redecorate later, like when we’re 40. I don’t want to decorate our house like we’re 40 already.” So true…

In any case, it is MUCH better than what we were working with before:

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14 Responses

  1. are you buying fabric at joann’s ?

    if so, are you showing your TSD ID ? you get a discount, I think 20 percent. (state employee thing, let me confirm with denise again and reply later today)

  2. me wrong – denise says 15 or 20 percent FOR teachers.

    so show ya teacher ID

  3. Bought the fabric from Interior Fabrics in North Austin but that’s a great discount! I should go to Joann’s soon and check out their selection, then – thanks for the tip 🙂

  4. great job! I’ve often wondered about the back of these projects. Good luck with fixing it.
    and… you will love the trim! go for it!

  5. Too young? Naw that fabric is perfect! Just young enough, just sophisticated and grown-up enough 🙂 Nice choice!

  6. *chuckles* Came by this by accident and decided to re-read. Always love Nick’s tidbits of wisdom like not wanting to decorate like you’re 40 already. So true!

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