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« on: July 29, 2009 01:31:25 PM »



i made lovely new shades for my living room windows using this tutorial: http://littlegreennotebook.blogspot.com/2009/02/make-shades-out-of-mini-blinds.html

it was pretty quick, no sewing (although i love to sew!) and i'm really happy with the results.  it only took two yards of fabric, which was 50% off, so this was a very low-budget project.  best of all, i got rid of my fugly miniblinds BUT repurposed the hardware and some of the slats for reduced guilt!



thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2009 02:37:06 PM »

That is great as my mini blinds are ugly and one pair in particular has been the victim of cat in window syndrome. I hope I have the energy to try this because yours look fantastic.
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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2009 06:06:15 AM »

the tutorial estimated 30 minutes per shade, and some of the commenters also said that's about how long it took - so it's not a huge project!  i think it took me a little longer, but i had two little 'helpers' underfoot.

the glue recommended in the tutorial (fabri-tac) is AMAZING!  i love it.  i was a little scared of it since it says 'permanent bond' but when it got on my fingers, it rolled off into a little nub, like rubber cement.  hmm, smells like rubber cement too (like nail polish remover).  anyway, when i bought it at the fabric store, the cashier said it's the only glue she ever uses on fabric.

anyway, that's all it takes!  the glue, your fabric and not very much time at all.  oh yeah, scissors.  you can totally do it . . . and then post a photo!
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« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2009 03:52:08 PM »

Those are awesome!!
I am def gonna hafta try these, and I love the colors!
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« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2009 05:13:32 AM »

thanks!  the fabric is a batik from a big chain fabric store.  it's orange and blue, with little pinky-purple streaks and white speckles.  you can see the wall color, and the rest of the room is totally neutral (truly, wood and white).  they're definitely the most interesting thing in the room.
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« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2009 07:57:19 PM »

These look wonderful, thanks for sharing your pics and the tutorial!

(Just shared with the man of the house, looks like I've got a thumbs up to try this in the dining room! Wink)
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« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2009 04:21:02 AM »

Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this!!!!!!!!  I have been at a loss as to what I should do for cheap (but nice) window treatments.  I am totally doing this!  You rock...seriously!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2009 05:37:14 AM »

wow, thanks you guys!  that makes me super happy.  if you do it, post pictures! 
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« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2009 02:06:08 PM »

I definitely will!!
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« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2009 08:22:48 AM »

can you post any pictures of the blinds up close. I am not sure which chords to cut and how you left the slats you wanted to keep.

Did you put any fabric on the back to make it look good from the outside of the house?

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