Guest Blogger | Acute Designs

Hi guys! I met a new blog pal the other day through a simple email and want to introduce her to you! We share a love of DIYing everything we can and she's here to show you a simple project to spruce up your homes. I'm going to let you in on a secret, I had had this DIY pinned in one of my Pinterest boards for weeks before finding out that Gina was the mastermind behind it! Small world isn't it? Take it away Gina!!!


Hi everyone!  I am Gina from Acute Designs and today I am going to share with you my super popular tutorial for No-Sew Fabric Blinds.  {This post was originally published on Scoutie Girl as part of my bi-weekly Acute How-To series.}  

Bored with basic plastic mini blinds?

Me too.

If you are like me and find yourself living in a “home sweet rental,”  play around with your window treatments in order to add a little style to your temporary home.

This  mini-blinds-turned-fabric-blinds tutorial is affordable {cost me less than $15 for two windows} and fairly easy.

What you will need:
  • Basic plastic mini-blinds {mine were 23” wide and cost less than $3 each}
  • Enough fabric to cover the length and width of your blinds + 3" on each side {for two 23” wide windows, I used about 4 feet of fabric}
  • Fabric glue {my favorite brand is Goop…it is a bit stinky but does a fantastic job}
  • An iron {if you want your blinds to look nice and neat}

    Step One:

    Lay your plastic blinds out on a flat surface and determine which slats you want to keep and mark them with a pencil so that you don’t accidentally cut them away {which I did…thank goodness for tape!}.


    For my blinds, I kept three slats, each equal distance apart.  Cut away the slats you will not need but be careful NOT to cut the thick cords that hold everything together.



    Step Two:

    Cut your fabric so that it measures about 3” wider on all sides of the blinds.  Lay the fabric face down and set the blinds on top of it.


    Step Three:

    Begin the gluing process. First, glue the fabric over the top edge of the blinds.  Make sure you do not glue down any of the cords…especially the cord you will use to open and close the blinds!

    Also, when gluing the fabric over the top part of the blinds, make sure you do not cover the edges in fabric as you will need to slide the edges into the brackets when you hang your finished project.



    Next, glue down each slat.  I like to lay heavy books down on top of the blinds to set the glue in place.



    Wait about 20 minutes for this to  dry and then fold over the sides and bottom and glue them all into place.  {Again, I stack books on the glued sections to set them while they dry.}

    Step Four:

    Iron the edges of your blinds for a crisp look {optional}.


    Step Five:

    Hang the blinds and admire your work!

    If you want the blinds to totally block out light, you will want to use a thick, dark fabric.  I used a lighter color fabric because I like to let in some light...but block any wandering eyes.

    I hope this tutorial has inspired some of you to spruce up your windows!  If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments and I will do my best to answer them all.  

    Check out my blog for more handmade*inspiration*lifestyle posts. You can also find me on Twitter and Facebook.  


    2 comments

    1. whoa! this is such a good idea! i really need to try this out, i love it!


      i just popped over here from janee's blog and am glad i did, 
      i'm now following yours for certain :]

      ReplyDelete
    2. shut up! i went on a little mini vacation with my boyfriend to a really chic and modern hotel a few months ago... their blinds were amazing like this... but i looked them up and to buy new blinds for our home was outrageous expensive! so this is a life saver! thank you SO much for this tutorial!!!!!!

      ♥ allister bee blog

      ReplyDelete

    Thanks for stopping by! I'd love to know what you think!
    -Allison