Easy Update for Roman Blinds

After the Vintage Ercol Windsor Chair update was complete, I realized I still had plenty of that fabric leftover and the wheels in my brain started spinning.  When we first moved into our house 5 years ago, we were busy painting almost every room in our house and making other design updates and choices. The blinds in our master bedroom did not get much attention other than the fact they needed to be blackout and reasonably cheap. We ended up finding roman blinds at Canadian Tire that fit the bill and were neutral enough. Here's a picture.

Neutral and functional but also a little boring.

Neutral and functional but also a little boring.

So I measured the extra fabric I had left over from the chair makeover and realized I had JUST enough left over to cover the 3 window panels. What made things even easier was that the blinds could be removed from the wall hardware by untying the strings that ran through all the hoops in the back and peeling the top off that was attached with velcro. After that it was just a matter of laying the new fabric over top, wrapping it around the sides, pinning in place and sewing. The first one probably took me about 2.5 hours to do but the 2nd and 3rd ones took a lot less, only about 1.5 hours each. And the difference is AMAZING!

Instantly brightens up the room.

Instantly brightens up the room.

I am so happy with this change. It adds just enough interest to the room and the best part was the simplicity of the whole thing. Because I used my existing blinds as the base, I didn't have to do any measuring and I got blackout blinds without having to sew on an extra blackout lining. Here's an up close shot.

Colours coordinated perfectly with other elements in the room.

Colours coordinated perfectly with other elements in the room.

So what do you think? Is this a sewing project you would consider taking on? Honestly, all you need to know is how to sew a straight line! Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!