DIY Tips: How to Make a Roman Blind

Learn how to make a stylish Roman blind for your home by following this guide. It takes a lot of effort, but it’s definitely worth it.


Things You’ll Need:

  • fabric and lining fabric
  • blind rings
  • dowel rods that have been cut to 3cm less than the width of the blind
  • piece of wooden batten that is the same width of the blind
  • sewing machine and thread
  • needle and pins
  • tailors’ chalk
  • scissors
  • tape measure
  • Velcro sew and stick
  • drill and drill bits
  • wall plugs and screw eyes
  • cleat and screws
  • Roman blind cord. Each length of cord should be 1.5 x the length of the blind + the width of the blind. Once you know how many blind rings you need, you’ll know how many lengths of cord you need.
  • blind acorn (pulley for the blind)

Measure, Cut and Stitch the Fabric for the Blinds

Measure the window using this advice. Add 5cm to the width measurement and 5cm to the length measurement. Cut the blind fabric to size, as well as the lining fabric. Position the fabric so that the right sides are facing each other and the raw edges are matching one another. Pin and then stitch so that there is a 2.5cm seam, then turn right side out and press flat.

Mark Out the Position of the Dowels

Starting at the very top of the blind fabric, measure 5cm down and make a mark using the tailors’ chalk. Make marks every 20-30cm after this, finishing with the bottom section. The bottom section should be half the size of the rest, so if you measured the other sections out at 25cm, the bottom section should be 12.5cm.

Cut Out the Dowel Pieces


Cut out pieces of lining fabric that are 8cm wide by the width of the blind – so if your blind is 30cm wide, these pieces should be 8cm by 30cm. You’ll need one dowel pocket for each dowel section that you’ve marked out on the fabric. Keeping the right sides of the fabric together, fold it in half, take in 1cm seams on either side and stitch along the one long raw edge.

Stitch On the Dowel Pieces and Blind Rings

Next, stitch on the dowel pieces. Turn the pieces and press flat, then pin and machine stitch inside the folded edge of each dowel piece along the lines marked out on the blind. For the rings, sew a ring to the edge of the blind fabric, 2cm from the edge of the fabric, then sew a ring every 20-40cm along the width of the blind.

Fix the Batten to the Window

Secure the wooden batten in position either in the recess or at the top of the window by drilling it into place. Stick the hook side of the Velcro stick and sew to the batten. Use the drill to screw screw eyes into the underside of the wooden batten so that they align with the blind rings, then add an extra screw eye to the end of the batten so that you can put the blind cord into place.

Stitch the Dowels Into Place


Turn 2.5cm of fabric at the top of the blind onto the wrong side, then pin and machine stitch into place. Pin and stitch the loop side of the Velcro sew and stitch into place across the top of the blind, then slide the wooden dowels into the dowel pockets on the back of the blind. Stitch to close up the openings. Hang the blind using the Velcro to make sure that it sits properly and that it hangs straight.

Add the Blind Cord and Finish the Blind

Take the blind back down from the batten and tie a length of cord to each ring on the bottom of the blind. Carefully thread the cord upwards from the ring to the screw eyes on the wooden batten. Continue until you’ve threaded all of the cords through all of the rings and screw eyes (eyelets) and thread through the extra screw eye on the end for the blind cord. Add the blind acorn and secure. Screw the cleat to the wall next to the blind, then hook the cords over the cleat when the blind is pulled up to secure it.

Source: 4Homes

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