Instructions for homemade pull-up blinds

A homemade pull-up blind is any type of window blind that pulls up using cords. The most common type of window blind that is routinely constructed by crafty homeowners is a soft-style Roman blind. This blind is not as formal as a Roman blind and it has soft contours that work well is more casual room styles. Making a simple pull-up blind is not difficult and if you have extra curtain fabric in your linen cupboard you may be able to make the blind for very little money. This blind will look stylish and help to control the sunlight.

Measure the width of the window from the inside of the window trim and add 2.5 cm (1 inch). Measure the height of the window and add 10 cm (4 inches). Cut your pre-laundered fabric to this size.

Sew a 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) hem around the top and sides of the panel. Sew a 2.5 cm (1 inch) pocket along the bottom edge. Fold the top edge down 2.5 cm (1 inch). Cut hook and loop tape to the width of the window. Pin and sew the loop portion of the tape along the top back edge of the fabric. Make two seams 6 mm (1/4 inch) apart. Thread heavy plastic beads through the bottom pocket and stitch the pocket ends closed with needle and thread.

Measure from the bottom of the hook and loop tape to the bottom of the blind. Cut ring tape to this length. Match the rings and cut a second tape the same size so that both tapes are identical. Place the blind face down and measure 20 cm (8 inches) from each side. Pin the ring tape parallel with the side 20 cm (8 inches) from the edge. Repeat for both sides.

Sew the ring tape to the back side of the blind. Sew a seam on each side of the rings and sew from the top to the bottom for each seam to prevent puckering.

Cut a piece of 2.5 by 2.5 cm (1 by 1 inch) board the inside width of the window. This is called a batten. Screw the batten to the underside of the top of the window casing with long screws and a screw driver. Attach the hook portion of the hook and loop tape adhesive to the upper front side of the batten. Press the hook and loop tape together.

Measure and cut two pieces of cording twice the length plus once the width of the window. The the cording to the bottom most ring. Thread the cord, bottom to top, up through the rings above to the top of the blind. Repeat for both ring tapes. Screw a screw eye into the underside of the batten above the top ring. Screw an extra screw eye to the side where you want the pull cord.

Thread the cord through its own screw eye and toward the extra screw eye. Go through the second screw eye if it is between where you started and the extra screw eye. Repeat for both cords. Take up the slack in the cords. Attach a cord condenser to the cords 20 cm (8 inches) from the extra screw eye when the blind is fully lowered. Slide an acorn over the single pull cord. Tie a knot in the single pull cord. A condenser is a small plastic device that transforms many cords into one. An acorn is a small cup-shaped piece that hides the knot.

Screw a cleat to the window casing well above the reach of children. A cleat is a two-sided metal device with hooks on each end. Wrap the cord around the cleat once it is the length you want.


The beads inside the pocket help to add weight to the bottom of the blind while still allowing the fabric to swag.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Beads
  • Hook and loop tape
  • Ring tape
  • 2.5 by 2.5 cm (1 by 1 inch) board
  • Table saw
  • Screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Cord
  • Cord condenser
  • Acorn
  • Cleat
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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.