How to Make Panel Blinds

Written by f.r.r. mallory
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Panel blinds are a new type of window treatment with flat panels 12 to 16 inches wide. Four to six panels cover a window or door and collect to one side on individual rail tracks. When open the collected panels cover a small amount of the window, allowing most of the window to be open to light. The track mounts above the door or window and may have a header and a valance treatment. The panels reach the floor, and the bottom of the panel has a metal rod to hold the panel flat and straight.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Hook and loop tape
  • Plastic hangers
  • Hacksaw
  • Saw box
  • Needle and thread

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  1. 1

    Measure the width of the panel that came with your window panel curtain kit. Add 1 inch to this width. Measure the height of the panel and add 4 inches. Cut your fabric to this size.

  2. 2

    Cut plastic curtain rods to 1 inch less than the width of the panel. Cut one for each panel in your kit. Use a hacksaw and cutting box.

  3. 3

    Sew a double 1/4-inch hem around all four sides of the panel. A double hem is where you turn the fabric under 1/4 inch and then turn the fold under 1/4 inch and sew with a hem stitch. Turn the bottom hem under 1 inch and sew a pocket.

  4. 4

    Fold the top hem down 2 inches and sew a seam 1 3/4 inches from the fold. Cut hook and loop tape 1/2 inch shorter than the width of the panel. Sew the loop side of the tape 1/4 inch from the top back edge of the panel. Use two seams 1/4 inch apart.

  5. 5

    Press the adhesive hook side to the track. Insert the plastic rod in the bottom hem pocket and hand sew the ends closed. Repeat for each panel.

Tips and warnings

  • If your kit has a header valance, measure the sides and the face of the header. Cut fabric 1 inch more than each measurement. Hem all sides and attach hook and loop tape to the top. This will allow you to cover the existing panels and header.

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