I said I was going to cover our old roller shades with greige canvass fabric I have on hand.
For some reason I couldn’t get started on the project yesterday morning even though I was up bright and early.
Finally after enlarging the dining room table with a 2-foot leaf, dragging the big ironing board down to the dining room, and carrying my sewing machine from the laundry room I was ready to get started.
Our windows are approximately 54 inches long and the fabric is 59 inches wide so the top and bottom would have selvage edges.
I laid black plastic on the table because the plan was to use spray adhesive to hold the fabric to the shade until I could sew the edges. (At one point I wanted to add a little more spray adhesive — unfortunately I picked up the charcoal spray paint by mistake. Grrgh!)
Everything was going along as planned. I pressed the fabric and finger-pressed the 1-inch return around the shade on the long edges.
Then I sewed the edges of the shade with the wrapped fabric.
I rolled the shade back around the roller; it was rough but would work. I put up some hanging hardware in the front window which would allow the shade to hang without the roller showing — backwards from the typical installation.
ICK! With light coming through the window the shade still had a creamy yellowish tint. The reason for covering the shade in the first place was to get rid of the yellow.
I ripped the fabric off the shade, resewed the edges of the fabric, removed the original shade from the roller, and taped the fabric right to the roller with masking tape.
I just wanted to see what it would look like in the window.
And it doesn’t look bad.
I only had the energy for one shade today and I do need to pull out the thread from the erroneous stitching but I think this will work. And I’m still making curtains also.
Five more to make. I’m wondering if the situation will be different on a black-out shade. Maybe tomorrow.
How did your weekend project fare?