How to Make Cordless Roman Shades
There are various types of roman shades possible. But the cordless roman shades are the best in terms of the overall look. There will be no cord hanging, and the look will be clean, and your guests will surely appreciate it. You can easily make cordless roman shades at home and have custom designs. If you know how to make roman shades, making cordless ones is a cakewalk. In this article, we have illustrated in detail how to make cordless roman shades.
What You Need
What you need will be fabric, lining fabric, fabric glue, embroidery thread, plastic rings, wood dowels, crimps, poster board, and cordless vinyl mini blinds.
The fabric choice is completely user preference, and if you want something unique, then you can look for a blackout fabric liner.
You will also be needing some tools like a sewing machine, pins, scissors, fabric marker, ruler, ironing board, and iron, embroidery needle, and binder clip.
With measurements, you will be able to make perfect cordless roman shades. However, you will have to measure your window before you start making it. Get to work by cutting down the fabric size accordingly. You will also have to cut the fabric liner. The next thing will be to hem all the sides so that there will be a clean look. A double-fold hem of 1 inch wide can be a perfect consideration. A small hem can be tough to tackle when you press it. To make sure that the hem is straight, you can use a poster board.
Once you are done with cutting, you will have to prepare to sew. The first thing you will have to do is to deal with the bulky corners. You can do it with the help of a pin by putting the fabric and fabric liner together. Follow it for the corners. You can start with the corners so that you don’t have to deal with the bulkiness. Fold the corner that will allow the two innermost creases to meet. This can create a new fold, and you will have to press it. Now you will have to cut the new crease.
Follow it by folding everything back up. You can now move on to pinning by inserting the liner fabric underneath the hem. This helps to create a flat and even hem. Use a scissor to trim and give a clean look. You will now have to pin all the way around so that there will be no bulkiness. To make sure there will be flawless results, you will have to do straight sewing.
Adding Dowels and Rings
With dowels and rings, you can have an appropriate structure of the cordless roman shade. It helps to create a mini blind mechanism, and you can sew on the rings so that there will be a permanent installation. However, sewing them can be very tough. Ensure that what type of rings you are looking for and how much spacing you will need. If it has a backside up, then it will perfectly go on the panel’s back. Follow it by measuring from each edge. This helps to move the slats up and down. It can be perfect for channeling through the rings. Blinds can come with cords of up to two or three sets. It can vary according to the size of the width.
With the help of a fabric marker, you will now have to make markings so that there will be perfect sewing. The ring placement lengthwise can be determined where you can make the folds. Start by cutting the dowels for a perfect width. Take a fabric glue and start gluing the dowels so that they can perfectly go across the fabric panel. Use it wisely, else there will be a complete mess, and you may have to start all over again.
Using Mini Blinds
The cordless roman shade will need few parts of the original mini blinds. This will also let you know how the blinds work. The cords on either side can control the slats’ tilt. It also includes a smooth cord in the middle that can lower or raise the blind. You can use a binder clip and lock the center cord in place.
This helps to prevent the blinds from retracting back. One of the easiest ways to prevent this will be to cut the side cords. Keep in mind that you don’t cut the middle cord. In doing so, this will help to free the slats, and you can slide off the middle cord.
Some people also cut the slats called individually, but it can be a lengthy procedure. You will have to cut the cords in the same places with the help of a scissor. For people who are looking to preserve the weighted bar, you will have to poke the opening at the bottom and pull them out. The other cords will get snipped now. You will have to tug the crimps and see if it has a perfect shape.
When we reach the assembling part now, that means we are close to having our cordless roman shade. You need to glue the fabric panel’s top. By making appropriate spacing of the rings, you can know the right end. After this, you can pull all the important cords of the mechanism through the rings. Do note that you don’t extend the cords as it can be tough to pull the shades after assembling. Take the bottom bar and lock the bar in place. You will have to place it below the bars. With the help of a crimper, you can slip it over the cord.
Run it closely and get it to the hole. Follow it by squeezing the brightness out of it. The next step will be to trim the cord off and tie it with a secure knot. This makes sure there will be reliable performance. While picking it up, you will have to remove the binder clip. This helps to retract it on its own. And now, the final step will be to hang the cordless roman shade. Make sure that the mounting brackets are mounted on the wall. You can lift the cordless roman shade and hang it on the window. By lifting the bottom bar, there will be lovely little folds.
Making a cordless roman shade is relatively more laborious than a regular roman shade. However, the result is surely going to worth every bit of labor you put together. You can customize and improvise as per your creativity to come up with stunning cordless roman shades for your windows.