How to Make a Homemade Roller Shade

Create custom window treatments for your home by making a low cost roller shade out of fabric and a roller blind kit found at home decorator stores. This type of blind works well on the narrow windows found in kitchens or bathrooms where you can mount the shade inside the window recess. Choose a medium weight fabric that rolls smoothly for the best results. Add a curtain, valance or swag to the window in coordinating fabrics to give the window a complete decorator look.

Measure the length of the window opening and add 12 inches to cover the roller. Measure the length of the window roller to determine the width of the fabric.

Stiffen the fabric by applying a fabric starch treatment according to the package instructions. Lay the fabric on a flat surface to dry completely.

Cut the fabric to the desired size for the window shade. Turn the bottom edge 1 1/2 inches to the wrong side and sew 1/8 inch from the raw edge with a straight stitch on a sewing machine to secure the hem.

Lay the fabric on a flat surface with the right side facing up. Draw a straight line across the width of the fabric 1 inch down from the top for use when lining up the roller.

Secure a strip of adhesive tape along the top edge of the blind and attach the fabric to the roller using the line to make sure the fabric is straight and falling behind the roller.

Roll several inches of the fabric blind onto the roller. Install the roller attachments to the window frame and snap the roller in place.

Use the pull cord to lengthen and shorten the fabric shade until the tension opens and closes the shade smoothly.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric
  • Window shade roller kit
  • Fabric starch
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive tape
  • Pencil
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Jennifer Loucks has been writing since 1998. She previously worked as a technical writer for a software development company, creating software documentation, help documents and training curriculum. She now writes hobby-based articles on cooking, gardening, sewing and running. Loucks also trains for full marathons, half-marathons and shorter distance running. She holds a Bachelor of Science in animal science and business from University of Wisconsin-River Falls.