We're redecorating our living room and dining room and will be replacing the ugly old mini blinds with flat roman shades. I saw this tutorial at http://littlegreennotebook.blogspot.com/2009/02/make-shades-out-of-mini-blinds.html
for making roman shades out of mini blinds, and I thought this would be an easy way for me to make the new shades. Unfortunately my husband also had some strong opinions about how this should be done.
1) He doesn't want the back to be unlined. (I'm on board with this one since the windows face the front porch.)
2) He doesn't want sloppy folds, and he was worried that the blind slats would not give enough weight to make the shade fold nicely.
I can sew, so I decided I could sew a lining and the front fabric together before hanging it. Adding dowels seemed a little more tricky. I decided to just sew a shade the "normal" way using Wrights roman shade tube tape that I bought at JoAnn (directions here: http://www.wrights.com/wrights/class/homedec/romanshade/romanshade.htm
). Per the directions, I put the first row of tape 2 inches from the bottom of the shade and then every 8 inches. For hanging, I decided to still use the mini blind hardware to save me the step of making that part. I cut the ladder string on the mini blinds and removed all the slats, leaving just the header and the cord. Once I had sewn my fabric, I ran the mini blind cord through the cord loops on the tube tape and inserted wooden dowels through the tape for weight. It pulls up okay, but going down is not very smooth. The last fold gets caught (last row of tape and second to last row of tape) and won't come down unless I physically pull it. I've tried it with and without a weight in the bottom and the same thing happens. Any ideas?
(That's just a black bead I used to tie a knot in the cord at the bottom. All of the pull is on that tiny little loop on the tape. I can't believe that will really hold up over time.)