How to Make a Fabric Roller Blind

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Fabric roller blinds are attractive and practical window coverings. Fabric blinds are a wise choice for window coverings because they can be raised high to allow a generous amount of light into a room. They can also be lowered for complete privacy. Coordinate fabric roller blinds with valances or swags for a window treatment that will complement any decorating style.

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Things you need

  • Roller-blind kit
  • Fabric
  • Fabric stiffener
  • Plastic gloves
  • Bowl
  • Water
  • Large garbage bag
  • Tape
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

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    Prepare the Fabric

  1. 1

    Stiffen the fabric before cutting it to size. Pour fabric stiffener into a medium-size bowl and completely submerge the fabric.

  2. 2

    Lay out a garbage bag onto a flat work surface and tape the edges down so that the plastic lies smooth and taut.

  3. 3

    Wear plastic gloves and work the stiffener into the fabric so that it is saturated. Squeeze the fabric out over the bowl by wringing it tightly with both hands to remove as much stiffener as possible.

  4. 4

    Spread the damp fabric out onto the garbage bag and smooth it out so that it is wrinkle-free. Allow the fabric to dry completely before proceeding.

    Make the Roller Shade

  1. 1

    Measure the inside of the window area. The width of the roller shade will be the width of the roller part from the kit. The length of the roller shade will be the distance from the top of the inside of the window to the window sill. Add an additional 12 inches to the length measurement.

  2. 2

    Cut the fabric to the measurements figured in Step 1. Use a ruler to make sure that all corners are perfectly square.

  3. 3

    Place the fabric onto a flat work surface with the "wrong" side facing up. Turn up 1 1/2 inches along the one short side of the fabric, and stitch 1/8 inch away from the raw edge to create a casing for the wood dowel (included in the kit). Slide the dowel into the casing.

  4. 4

    Lay the fabric back onto the flat work surface with the "wrong" side facing up. Measure down 1/2 inch from the remaining short-side edge and draw a line 1/2 inch away from the entire edge.

  5. 5

    Affix a piece of double-sided tape along the line drawn in Step 4, between the line and the edge of the fabric. (The double-sided tape should be provided in the roller blind kit.)

  6. 6

    Place the roller onto the work surface with the pulley mechanism on the right side of the roller.

  7. 7

    Pull the protective covering from the double-sided tape affixed to the fabric. Press the fabric onto the roller. Line up the top edge of the fabric with the corresponding line on the roller that indicates correct placement.

  8. 8

    Roll the fabric around the roller manually until all of the fabric is rolled around the roller.

  9. 9

    Install the roller into the window area with the included hardware. Raise and lower the blind several times to make sure it works properly.

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