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Roman Blind: Finished!

June 8, 2011


The Roman blind saga has now come to an end.

 I am finished. 



My dilemma was trying to find dowels long enough, which was a challenge. But one reader and fellow Canadian blogger, Mel from Junkin Junky, suggested bamboo.  I tried drapery supplies stores but custom cut dowels were $5 each. The bamboo was $0.39 each. Not hard to figure out which I chose. The plant nursery must of thought I was crazy, as I was  going through all their bamboo trying to find the straightest pieces. 

Since I have never sewn a working Roman blind before, this was quite an experience.  In retrospect it wasn't too bad, I am now going to sew two more. I found online tutorials were few and missing details I had to figure on my own, so you won't be surprised that I plan on photographing all the steps for the next blind to share the nitty gritty details.

Piece of cake!


Voila!



My son's room is going to get new paint and bedding. The blind was needed as the sun sets later and the other blind wasn't blocking the light. I made this blind with blackout lining. It works so well, so much in fact, that last night he was complaining it was too dark!

Off to cut more fabric for blind #2.

27 comments:

  1. Oooo, I've been waiting for this.

    Perfect! I know it's not easy to keep stripes lined up.

    I'm really looking forward to your step by step. You are correct, some of those tutorials are not well written, causing me to give up in frustration.

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  2. looks absolutely stunning! how I love stripes!

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  3. Looks awesome Barbara! I'm excited to get the how-to on this one. Maybe I'll try and attempt the roman shade(s) I want for our front entrance (we'll see haha)

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  4. looks great, Barbara - you are brave working with stripes! Looking forward to the tutorial - x

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  5. Looks great!! I always borrow the same Singer book from my mom every time I make roman blinds because it's so straightforward when you've got the right steps laid out. Now you've got me wanting to make some more... ;)

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  6. Beautiful... and God Bless you are tackling another one!
    Can't wait to see the next one!

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  7. That is gorgeous, you are totally selling me on stripes!

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  8. I want step-by-step instructions!!! I made a relaxed roman blind for my kitchen making up the "how-to" of it because I couldn't find directions I was happy with. I'd like to make a functioning roman for my son's room so I definitely want to know how you did this!!!!!!! :-)
    Victoria

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  9. Awesome! I absolutely love that fabric! Wanna make me one too?;)

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  10. LOVE it Barbara!!! Look at all those pretty stripes all lined up so nice & neat! Good luck on #2.

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  11. I love that fabric and what a brilliant jb you did - looking forward to the tutorial now! xx

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  12. You know, I've been told roman blinds are easy to do but somehow I don't think it's as easy as it looks. These turned out great, Barbara!

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  13. It's perfect. So straight and neat. You rock with the sewing machine my friend!!!

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  14. Looks amazing! The stries look so amazing.

    We have the pull down blinds that keep out the sunshine and we love them. They are white and simple.

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  15. wow- great job! and using bamboo was brilliant :)

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  16. Such an amazing job Barbara!! I love the stripes and I can only imagine how hard it was to get it so perfect. It looks perfect. I am very jealous of your skills my friend :)
    Nancy xo

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  17. Check my blog tomorrow. I just might have an award for you:)

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  18. What a wonderful window covering. I really like the stripes, they add a great detail to the shade.

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  19. Love your beautiful roman shades. You are seriously talented. Adore the stripes. Great blog, by the way. A new follower!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  20. I absolutely *cannot* believe that I didn't know about your blog until today! Carol named you on her blog list and I can see why! All these fabulous projects, I'm in DIY heaven!!! I just became the 550th to fall in love here...have a great weekend, I'll be back...and often! (c:

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  21. Stripes always look so beautiful for a Roman Shade and your work looks flawless. Congrats on another fantastic project.

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  22. Ok that's it! I am having you over to my house! You have so inspired me. Barbara it looks absolutely fabulous! (But I am so stupid when it comes to sewing so I am not so so sure I could do it. But it is worth trying. Right?). Now is that the same Ikea fabric that I also have?

    I am back after my whirlwind trip to Sweden. You will see a lot more of me.

    Happy weekend!

    Mon

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  23. I love these!

    In high school I made myself roman shades in this same striped fabric (a blue colored stripe so they were not as graphic and beautiful as yours). They live at my mother's house- but I still love them, and I LOVE these! Good job!

    Cassity @ Remodelaholic

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  24. What a beautiful job Barbara! Looking forward to the step-by-step instructions! Can't believe the difference in cost on the doweling vs. bamboo either!

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  25. Oh I hope you share the ins and outs of making this! I want to learn from your mistakes since I am getting ready to make one for my daughter's nursery. Is yours operable? And if it is did you use the new safety style pull up system?

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  26. Wow. Great job! Thank you so much for linking with air your laundry Friday. xo Jami

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