Good Questions: Affordable Window Shade Kits?

I love the look of custom roller shades, but with my budget crunch I can't afford to have them done professionally. Does anyone know of a good DIY source for creating roller shades, or willing to share their patterns/ideas? The few kits I have come across are out of stock or prohibitively expensive!

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