How to Make a Blind Easily From Old Curtains

Updated June 13, 2017

Blinds have clean lines and offer a sophisticated modern look to your room. They are a window treatment that allows the window moulding to show. Blinds can be used alone or with valances and curtains. Roman blinds can be created from old curtains, making them a frugal option for people with limited redecorating budgets. Creating roman blinds from old curtains will require few tools, but the fabric costs will be saved.

Cut a wood batten the size of the window width. Place the hook part of the stick-on hook-and-loop fasteners to the wood batten. Install the batten over the window.

Measure the blind coverage length from of the batten top and go down to 8 inches below the window. This is length your old curtain panel must be.

Measure the batten width. Add 6 inches. This is the width your old curtain panel must be.

Cut the header from the curtains. Place the curtain flat with the wrong side up. Fold the top edge 1 inch with the wrong sides touching. Fold the top edge over again. Iron the fold line. Machine stitch the fold in place.

Place the curtain wrong side up. Pin the loop part of sew-in hook-and-loop fasteners to the top edge on the back side of the curtain. Machine stitch the fasteners in place.

Place the blind with the right side down. Mark the middle of the top edge; this is mark 1. Make a second mark half the distance between the centre and the left side; this is mark 2. Make third mark half the distance between the centre and the right side; this is mark 3.

Mark a line down the fabric's length at mark 1. Repeat for marks 2 and 3.

Apply the loop fasteners on the blind to the hook fasteners on the wood batten.

Mount an eyelet screw on the batten above the 1, 2 and 3 lines. Mount the fourth eyelet screw on the left side of the wood batten.

Multiply the length of your blinds by 2, then add the width of the blind. Cut three pieces of cord this length. Tie one cord to the bottom curtain ring at mark 1. Insert the cord through the remainder of line 1 rings. Insert it through the eyelet at mark 1 on the batten. Repeat for lines 2 and 3. Pull all cords to the left side of the batten going through the fourth eyelet mounted on the left, trim the ends, insert through the acorn nut. Tie a knot.


Use lightweight curtains for blinds.


Old curtains might not last long when raised and lowered frequently.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Curtain
  • Pins
  • Stick-on hook-and-loop fasteners
  • Sew-on hook-and-loop fasteners
  • Sewing machine
  • Hand needle
  • Small curtain rings
  • Wood batten
  • Nylon cord
  • 4 eyelet screws
  • Acorn nut
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About the Author

Jennifer Terry is program director for TriCounty Agency for Intellectual Disabilities. As a University of Alabama graduate, she holds a Masters in rehabilitation counseling and a Bachelor in psychology with an emphasis in child development. She also earned an Associate in business management and second Associate in computer information systems from Bevill State Community College. She holds a grant writing certificate from North Georgia College and State University.