Last week I had a chance to sew the roman shades for the baby's room. At first I wasn't going to tackle this project. Anything more involved that sewing curtain panels seemed too much for me. I had found someone that would make the 2 blackout shades for $230 which I thought was a good deal but add shipping and fabric and it came out to around $300. If it were my living room I would have paid it but with it the shades being in a room that will probably be changed out in a couple of years my inner cheapie got to me and I just couldn't do it.
My fabric is Braemore Spice Market Ikat Putty, love it!
So for the most simple approach I thought about covering a blackout roll down shade with fabric. But I thought that the room needed more texture and dimension that a flat roller shade so that was out. I could have added panels with the roller shade but I didn't want to go there and besides the headers on those blackout ones are ugly.
Thankfully Jenny at Little Green Notebook posted an updated tutorial to her DIY roman shades from miniblinds tutorial right when I needed it. This project was so simple. I didn't even make a mistake!
I did do a few things differently that the tutorial. First of all I used blackout lining instead of regular lining. It isn't that big of a deal but it was my first time to sew with blackout lining. Because of the vinyl side of the lining I didn't have to worry about the fabric glue bleeding through to the front of the shade. The bleed through seemed like a pretty big deal to me so I would be extra careful on that if you didn't use blackout lining. Next I wanted to make sure that the wood bar was really secure so I stapled it instead of just gluing.
When the shades are down it does make it darker (still high camera exposure), but not totally blacked out. I could have made the shades wider but didn't really want to cover the window trim. If sleeping is a problem we may try some panels also but are kids that picky?!
I spent about $60 on fabric, $10 on the vinyl blinds, $5 on blackout lining, and $10 on the wood strip, plastic rings, glue, and clear thread. $85 total, not too bad for two roman shades.
I do have some remnant of the fabric see "illustration" below. If you are interested let me know I will sell it cheap! You could get some good pillows out of it.
Last week I also sewed a crib sheet so I will post more about that soon. We are getting close just need to decide on a chair and hang some things on the walls!