I’m very excited today because I can finally share with you all a project I’ve been working on for the nursery. I’ve given a few sneak peeks away before but now it’s time to tell you all about my handmade Roman Blinds!
It’s particularly exciting for me as I was asked by Wayfair.co.uk to write a tutorial for their Get Inspired section of their website, on anything to do with my nursery – my very first guest post! And for a brand like Wayfair, I couldn’t believe they’d found my blog let alone asked me to create some content for them! I had the perfect fabric on order and knew that, if I didn’t cock it up, this would be the perfect project to share in detail, as Roman Blinds can seem complicated and daunting.
Here are the finished blinds, and you can see the full step-by-step tutorial and pictures at Wayfair.co.uk, all written and photographed by yours truly! And here are the final
The fabric is what really made this an exciting project to me, and what made me choose to be a bit crazy and make the blinds rather than buy them like a sane person. Cue days of me dragging myself and my growing bump around the floor of our living room and the kitchen table, measuring, pinning, stitching, sewing… read the tutorial and you get the idea. It’s much easier than you might think but in a pregnant state and with a deadline on my head I occasionally wondered what I’d got myself into!
I came across this gorgeous gold arrow fabric in the early hazy days of pregnancy, when I couldn’t quite believe I was pregnant so went into autopilot and obsessively scoured Pinterest for nursery decor inspiration. I love the arrow theme – as you can see in my Nursery Vibes: Arrow Trend post – and it was love at first sight with this material. I’ve even since made an upcycled/DIY picture shelf for the nursery to match (not out of fabric, obviously)!
To cut a very long story short, the fabric isn’t available ANYWHERE in the UK and you know how it is when your heart’s set on something, nothing else would do, so I did the only thing there was to do and contacted the lovely Rob and Josie in Kansas (told you I wasn’t sane) who run Bebe Fabric Studio and sell this fabric through their Etsy store. Seemingly the only people to sell it in the world, they’re on to a good thing and their store is full to the virtual brim of gorgeous fabrics and ribbons which make you want to hand make everything in life going forwards. Here’s a snapshot of some of my favourite fabrics that they sell:
I was in contact with Rob over a number of days while I ummed and ahhed about my competence and how buying more instead of less is probably in my best interests (my advice to myself, not Rob’s advice to me) and Rob helped me work out the right amount of fabric I’d need to get the job done. I had a wobble and called the whole thing off before calling it back on again the next day – the only time during this pregnancy that I’ve been a truly hormonal ball of confusion, and Rob and Josie helped me through it.
The fabric is really reasonably priced, and the quality is beautiful. I just have to share a word of warning about importing into the UK, to check VAT tax and handling fees from the little buggars at the Royal Mail, I got a little stung – nothing massive but it’s a watch-for and I learnt a good lesson for the future importing (I know, who do I think I am?!)
And somehow (i.e. with two test runs), I managed to make three entire blinds for the nursery bay windows with no mistakes, and I couldn’t have been happier with myself. Please do take a look at the tutorial and if you’re thinking of getting crafty with your windows, just give it a go because seriously, if I can do it, anyone can!