Roman blinds can complement and decorate windows in any room. Especially harmoniously, the compact design of these beauties fits into the interior of the kitchen, where everything should be as convenient and functional as possible. It doesn't matter if you can't find the Roman blinds of your dreams, because you can easily sew them yourself.
We will tell you how to sew such a curtain at home in this article. This product can be sewn from absolutely any fabric, from heavy curtains to weightless transparent tulle. But still, it is preferable to use dense rigid materials that hold their shape well, emphasizing the beauty of the folds when assembled. Also keep in mind that for kitchens and baths, you need to choose fabrics that repel moisture and dirt.
YOU WILL NEED
- fabric for curtains
- Velcro tape along the width of the curtain
- 7-8 pieces of metal, wooden or plastic pins with a diameter of 4-5 mm, the length is 3 centimeters shorter than the width of the curtain
- small plastic rings with a diameter of 10-12 millimeters
- nylon cord
- weight bar
- wooden plank or block
Decide for yourself whether your curtain will be one piece or consist of several canvases. Take measurements of the window - this is the most important and crucial step.
To the measurements of the window opening, add 5-7 centimeters for the side seams and 10-15 centimeters for the allowances at the top and bottom. Before proceeding with the cutting of the canvas, so as not to be mistaken with the calculations and to exclude the shrinkage of the fabric during the sewing process, it is advisable to soak the material in warm water for a few minutes, dry it and iron it. The number and size of folds are determined by the height of the window and the length of the future curtain.
On the seamy side of the fabric, make marks for the fold and future folds, as well as the places for installing the rings for the cord according to the diagram below. For a Roman blind to drape beautifully, the lines must be at the same distance from each other, and also be equal in width.
- Adjust the thread tension on the sewing machine so that the seams do not pull the sides together. Sew the side edges with a classic double hem.
- Pre-paint a wooden block in the desired color, which you will use as a cornice. Instead, you can use the Velcro strip that is sold with the ceiling brackets.
- At the bottom of the curtain, make a fold and create a drawstring, the width of which should allow you to insert a weighting bar into the resulting opening. Use a flat aluminum profile 1–2 centimeters shorter than the cornice as a weighting agent for the curtain.
- Sew a finishing border to the seamy side of the curtain and insert the prepared pins into the pockets formed. Fill up the holes on one side so that you can later remove the pins and wash the curtain.
- Sew rings by hand, guided by the diagram. To a wooden bar, support rings with nails. Here they are needed to fix the lifting mechanism. The cord rings should be symmetrically positioned in relation to the center of the curtain. In this case, the outer rings should be placed at a distance of 5-10 centimeters from the edge of the curtain.
Use the Velcro to fix the curtain to the prepared block. Attach the cord fastener to the window frame and wrap the cord around it to fix the curtain. From the bottom edge, start threading the cord through the rings. Tie a knot at the bottom and anoint it additionally with glue for strength. Thread the cord through all the rings to the very top edge. Similar with all rows of rings. When all the cords are threaded through the top rings, they should be brought out to one side of the curtain. Pull all cords tightly so that the folds are evenly distributed across the entire width. Secure the pleats in this position with the help of the ribbons.
Adjust the tension on all cords. Gathering all the cords together, tie them in a knot behind the last ring.Then thread the cords through the handle for lifting the curtain and tie another one at a distance of about 45-50 cm from the first knot. Do-it-yourself roman blinds are ready!
Just try it, and you will understand that in practice the whole process is much easier than in the description. You can sew curtains of any color and texture. This is a very exciting experience.