Friday, July 3, 2009

Tutorial - Balloon Shades Part two

These went back up in the same spot, out of the same fabric as before. So why bother? Well, they didn't actually close before. That really bothered me. Now (thanks to a very sweet sister who donated the impossible to find discontinued fabric) they do!

So here's the rest of the directions.

When we last left off, you had made a box, finished on four sides. This box is 2.5 times the width of your window, plus the length from the ceiling to the bottom of the floor.

Lay the box on the floor and do some marking in pencil (very lightly.)

If you want three swags (as in the photo) you are going to have four columns of rings. Two will be 1" from the outside egde. To get the measurements for the other two:

  1. Measure the width of the fabric box, subtract 2 inches.
  2. Divide this number by 3.
Sew rings 7 - 10 " apart (the same for each one) from the top of the box to the bottom of the box 1" from the edge.
Next, take the measurement found in number 2 and measure from the ring at the top right. make a small pencil mark.
Sew the next set of rings, parallel to the other two columns, equal distance from the first columns.

Start the fourth column of rings, the same distance (found in number 2) from the other columns. This will give you four columns of rings, equally spaced on the back.
Now, calculate the amount of cording needed. Standing by the window, visually choose a comfortable distance from the floor for the pull chord to end. Mark this spot with a small piece of painters tape. Let's call this spot Point B.
  1. Measurement 1: Length of finished shade + Measurement from top of shade to Point B = ________ (C)
  2. Measurement from above X 4 = _____ (D)
  3. Measurement from left side of shade to far right hand column of rings = ______ (E)
  4. Measurement from left side of shade to third column of rings = _______(F)
  5. Measurement from left side of shade to second column of rings = _____(G)
  6. Total yards of cord needed = D + E + F + G / 36.

I always add a little extra so I can braid the cord.

Next section, how to hang the shade and run the cord.

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