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How to Make Panel Blinds

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tip

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.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Hook and loop tape
  • Plastic hangers
  • Hacksaw
  • Saw box
  • Needle and thread
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F.R.R. Mallory has been published since 1996, writing books, short stories, articles and essays. She has worked as an architect, restored cars, designed clothing, renovated homes and makes crafts. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with bachelor's degrees in psychology and English. Her fiction short story "Black Ice" recently won a National Space Society contest.