Adding Greek Key Trim to Roller Blinds Using Embroidery Floss {31 Days: Day 22}

My goodness, I'm so excited to share this little project with you today. I finally figured out how to add some non-permanent pizazz to the generic white roller blinds in our living room!

Before I jump into the details about how I added greek key trim to those roller blinds using embroidery floss, I need to tell you a little bit more about these windows and their coverings. As you saw in the floor plan from our home tour, we have a very oddly shaped living room (it's kind of triangle-shaped), but one awesome thing about it is that we have floor-to-ceiling windows and a sliding glass door along the wall that leads out to our balcony. These let in a great amount of light during the day, which I LOVE. I don't have a full shot of those windows, but you can catch a peek of a couple of them next to and behind the secretary desk-turned-bar:

Each window has a floor-to-ceiling roller blind/shade on it that provides some privacy and blocks the sun during the hottest part of the day. These shades are super functional, but they are so...blah. See?

Since we rent and won't be here forever, I decided to work with them and try to make them a little more interesting rather than replace them. I started to think of them more as white curtains or roman blinds rather than roller shades, and that helped me realize that I could add do what so many others have done with plain, solid-colored curtains - add some trim to give them more of a custom look.

I brainstormed about what I could do to them for months, y'all. Every idea I came up with and jotted down in my little blog notebook just didn't seem right or wouldn't actually be temporary and removable. Then it hit me after I finished my appliqued bird silhouette pillow that I could kind of "embroider" a pattern onto these roller blinds! The blinds are made of a vinyl mesh, so they have tiny holes just like those plastic embroidery canvases. Once we get ready to move out, all I'd have to do is pull the thread out and they'd be plain jane again. Don't you love it when you have an aha moment like that?

So I pulled some pretty blue embroidery floss and a large-eyed needle out of my craft drawer and got to work. For the pattern, I decided a classic Greek key would fit right in with our living room decor and would be super simple to stitch along the bottom of each blind. It took a couple of tries to get the size of the pattern to look right, but the beauty of it being non-permanent is that I could just pull the thread out and start over.

Here it is in progress:

I doubled the thread so it would be thicker and more visible from far away. Once I got the hang of stitching the pattern repeat, it only took me about 20 minutes to finish. The only problem was that it was starting to get dark by the time I finished it! Dang it, I hate that it starts to get dark so much earlier now and daylight savings is just around the corner, which means we lose daylight around 5 o'clock! Yikes. So apologies for the dark background in the photos from here on out. I promise I'll take some good ones in daylight hours soon.

Here's a finished roller blind!

Doesn't it look nice when it's all rolled up? Almost like it was manufactured this way. I'm so happy with it!

I've still got three more roller shades to embroider with this Greek key pattern, so I'll have to show you an update once I finish.

Here's a before and after shot once more for good measure :).

Goodbye generic white, hello custom Greek key trimmed roller shades! Total cost for this project? $0. I had all the supplies on hand thanks to my full craft drawer. This series is really helping me think creatively about how to use all those extra supplies I have hanging around!

If you have any questions about this process, or would like more details about it, let me know!

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  1. Woah! I LOVE these! What an awesome idea!

    1. Thanks Shannon! P.S. Your email attached to your blogger account keeps bouncing back to me. Just wanted to let you know!

  2. What a fun idea!! It turned out beautiful. I found you at The DIY Showoff party, and I've pinned this. :)

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  4. These turned out so well. I love them... and am thinking of ways to incorporate into my home!
    (PS: I'm catching up from what I missed over October when I was too busy writing my own blog to read others ha)

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