I recently moved into a new apartment, and needed some blinds for my room. I figured the neighbours had had enough of a show!
I went to my new favourite fabric store, Designer Fabrics, 1360 Queen Street West. They have a HUGE selection, it’s very organized and priced really well. The lady and gentleman who helped me were very friendly and super helpful, and I was able to get some simple white cotton, white black-out backing and ribbon for about $25. I will definitely be returning for my next sewing project!
I wanted something very simple but beautiful – if you noticed them you’d think they were nice, but you might not notice them, and I think what I ended up with turned out perfectly. This is one project that looks as nicely in real life as it did in my head!
To start, measure your window so you know how big to make the shades. The window I wanted to cover is 45″ wide and 56″ high. You will also want to wash and iron your fabric. My white cotton had a nice little dirt mark on it that came out beautifully in the wash. Don’t forget to do a quick zig-zag stitch around the outside to stop any fraying that might happen.
Lay the fabric out flat and measure 1 inch wider and 4.5 inches taller than your window. In my case, I measured 46″ wide and 60.5″ high. I cheated and used my dad’s drywall square to make sure my shades were perfectly square!
Mark with a pencil or chalk and cut to size. My mom had some blue chalk that was older than me! Good thing it still worked.
Repeat with the backing.
Put the right (out) sides together, pin along the bottom and side edges and sew in a straight line with a 1/2″ seam allowance (1/2″ from the edge). In my case, neither fabric had a right or wrong side!
Cut the corners to remove bulk and turn the square inside out. I use my scissors to make sure the corners are nice and square.
Press the edges. There’s going to be a lot more pressing.
Sew along the 3 edges.
Lay your square flat again and measure the length plus 4 inches, in my case, 60″. Mark this line and press to create a nice .
Measure 1″ from this new line, turn and press. This will give you a nice clean line on the back of the shade.
Next, measure 3″ from the new line, turn, press and pin. This will be the pocket for your curtain rod.
Switching for a few seconds to the ties, you will need a length of ribbon 4 times the height of the window. In my case, I needed 224″. Cut this in half. For a bit of extra flair, I cut my ribbons on a 30 degree (approximate) angle.
Now for assembly and final touches!
Measure a quarter of the width of the shades from each side, in my case 11 1/4″. This is where the ribbon will be attached. Fold each length of ribbon in half, and place on the top of the shade at the quarter mark. Pin them, making sure the ribbon is parallel with the shade. Sew the curtain rod pocket, approximately 2.5″ from the top of the curtain.
Draw your curtain over the curtain rod and put it up! I used a tension rod on the inside of my window
Voila! New shades for a fraction of the cost of what they would cost in the store!
Do your DIY projects often turn out the way you think they will?
– Not all of my DIY projects turn out this nicely, I was pleasantly surprised.
What do you think I should do for my next project?
– I am thinking about a wall hanging to keep all of my jewelry on.