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let's roll! make fabric roller shades
by Yee-Fan Sun
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4 Time now to trim the reinforced fabric down to the proper width. Measure the length of the shade barrel; this is how wide you'll want your fabric to be. Use a t-square/straight-edge and colored pencil to mark where you'll cut, but don't start snipping just yet.

5 Dab the no-fray liquid all along both penciled lines. Let dry, then carefully trim your fabric (work in long, smooth cuts). At this point, you might discover that your interfacing isn't quite stuck to the edges in a few spots. Iron all along the edges until well sealed; you can also use a lil' bit more no-fray to give the edges a little more help in the bonding department.

6 Fold the bottom edge of the fabric to make a " inch hem. Then make another fold that's a little bigger than the height of the wooden slat or dowel you reserved in step one. Cut a piece of no-sew tape that'll stretch the width of the fabric, then tuck the tape between the shade and the doubled-over fold. Iron (again, use the appropriate heat setting for your material) until you have a nice, secure hem. Slide in the wooden slat/dowel.

7 Use a staple-gun to attach the top-edge your new shade to the shade barrel, making certain that the shade falls in the right direction. Roll it up, install, and enjoy!

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