- 2.5cm square wooden batten - width of blind.
- Self adhesive hook and sew on loop fastener - width of blind.
- Lengths of wooden dowelling - width of finished blind less 3cm.
- 12mm plastic rings.
- 4 screw in eyelets.
- wooden acorn.
- 3x lengths of cord (each width of finished blind plus twice length.
- Wall cleat.
- Pair of old curtains.
First instructions are to attach your batten and press self adhesive hook fastener along batten front, we actually did that at the end as it was a 'blue job' and my husband was at work when I started.
I didn't take a picture, but I then turned in top hem and pinned in place before sewing on the sew on loop fastener and attached to batten.
Eyelets are screwed to under side of batten, aligned with rings on the blind. Fourth eyelet is screwed in the end where all the cords come together and the end where the blind will operate from.
Right here's the stringing bit:
- Tie each length of cord to each of the three rings on the lowest pleat.
- Then thread each length of cord through each of the rings above it passing through the eyelet.
- Pass the cord through the eyelets, finishing on the working side of the batten.
- Trim the cords to a suitable length and thread on a wooden acorn.
- Fix a cleat in place on the wall and use to secure the cords.
So here it is in place, not bad for a first attempt. I've mounted it on the wall rather than the window recess as the gathered blind would block the top window and not allow any ventilation on hot sticky days (without opening the large window, which I'm not keen to do with small children bouncing round the house) and it's a south facing window.
I'm converting the curtains in the other bedroom next although they have black out fabric too, but I'll replace with calico as it was so hard sewing so many thick layers together. (Long story why there are hulk stickers with flower curtains!
And the great thing is I still have a length of the flower fabric left, any suggestions what to make with it - apart from a lampshade or cushions, which I made when I originally made the curtains?
If you want to see the full version of how to make Roman Blinds from scratch check out the HouseToHome website here.
I hope you enjoyed my attempt at 'blind conversion', I was surprised just how easy it actually was.
As always, thanks for dropping by.