How to Make Fabric Blinds

Updated February 21, 2017

Fabric shades have been around for many years and are available in an assortment of colours, fabric types and styles. You can choose a lightweight to heavy material based on the function of the shade in your home. These types of shades can be expensive depending on the type of fabric and it is often more economical to make them yourself. Homemade fabric roller shades are possible to make with just a few basic materials and tools.

Measure the window with a tape measure. If you are making inside-mount blinds, just measure the glass part of the window. If you are constructing outside-mount blinds, measure to the outside edge of the window frame. Add two inches to the height and width to account for seams. Make a mark on the fabric to help guide you where to cut it.

Cut the fabric with scissors according to the measurements you took. Make a 2 inch hem along the sides and bottom of the fabric with a sewing machine. Try to use thread that matches the fabric.

Make a loop for the cord, leaving 3 or 4 inches of string before the loop, and tie a knot in the end. Feed the end of the cord through the hole in the tension device in the end of the roller and snap it closed so the cord stays. Staple the fabric to the roller with a staple gun.

Install the blind brackets on the wall. Align the brackets on the wall and use your pencil to make marks for the three holes on the wall. Hold the brackets in place and secure the brackets with the screws by using the drill. Place the blinds into the brackets.

Adjust the pull cord before you use the blind. Tighten the flat pin in the end of the roller by turning it with your fingers. Stop turning it when you feel the tension before it lets loose which could hurt your fingers.


Consult a professional on what type of string and fabric to use since there are a variety of sizes and widths.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Cord
  • Staples
  • Staple gun
  • Blind roller
  • Mounting brackets
  • Drill with bit set
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