I'm not sure why, but regular ol' blinds just don't hold up over time. Even the ones that aren't within reach of little hands only seem to last a short while. Obnoxious. So when I decided to replace some of them, I remembered the DIY I saw on Pinterest and ran off to Lowe's. They cut the roller shades for you. 'Cause they're super. Don't forget to buy the hardware to install it, it's less than a dollar and very necessary!
This size shade was under $8. Love.
I brought the shade home and grabbed some fabric I had left over from a customer's order. I have customers. I can hardly believe it myself. I ironed the fabric out and gave it a rough measure on my kitchen table.
I ironed a crease on one side and folded it over the shade.
Working carefully, I used some spray adhesive and attached the fabric to the roller shade. This doesn't need to be permanent, I just needed it to stay in place for the next step.
Once the spray adhesive was on, I slowly smoothed out the fabric onto the shade.
I folded the other side around the shade like I did with the first edge. And then, I ran it through the sewing machine.
Nothing special, just a straight line. There are lots of tutorials for doing this without sewing but I got scared. 'Cause I'm a fraidy-cat.
I did the sides first and then pinned the bottom of the fabric up so I could sew that, too.
I trimmed up the fabric once the sewing was all done.
After that, I had the hubs install the hardware. I'll admit, I'm confused by how it actually works. Here's the instructions it came with:
It's basically hieroglyphics. We're still working out the kinks, but it looks great up in the window!
I'm definitely going to do this on other windows!