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How to make a roller blind

Updated February 21, 2017

If you are tired of the ready-made choices for window treatments, you can create one with simple steps to follow. Making your own roller blind can give you a customised look for a fraction of the cost of having one professionally made.

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  1. Measure your window. You can measure the length and width for outside or inside mount. Inside mount is a more preferred option for it will keep the roller blind from dislodging from frequent use. When measuring for inside mount, make sure to make room for the mounting hardware approximately 1/4 of an inch on each side give or take.

  2. Purchase materials. You can buy roller blind kits from home improvement stores, window treatments stores or fabric stores. Purchase the fabric based on your measurement multiplied by 2. This way you have extra in case of mistakes or you can use for matching decorative items to be used in the room, for example a decorative pillow case or a tablecloth for a small round accent table.

  3. Install the mounting hardware then try the roller on. Remove the roller and lay it on the table.

  4. Pre-wash the fabric and use a fabric stiffener to harden and strengthen the fabric. This is a must for softer or thinner type of fabric.

  5. Mark the width of the fabric against the roller. Place the fabric at the top centre of the roller holding it temporarily in place with tape. Mark both ends right before the hardware sticks out, this will give enough room for the blind to roll up and down smoothly. Add 1 inch seam allowance. Mark the length all the way down to the window sill, adding extra 2 inches at the bottom to be folded and seamed where the wooden dowel will be inserted later on. Once you have done the measurements, remove the tape from the roller then lay down your fabric on a flat surface.

  6. Cut the fabric using sharp scissors. Make sure not to cut off the seam allowances.

  7. Fold the seam allowances on each side and then use either an iron-on adhesive, spray on fabric adhesive or fabric glue to keep them in place. You can sew it too but for a more seamless look, these types of adhesives are perfect.

  8. Fold the bottom part and then using the same adhesives to connect the end on the 2-inch mark leaving holes on each end for the wooden dowel to go through.

  9. Place the top part of the fabric on the top middle portion of the roller. Use strips of double-sided tape to secure the fabric onto the roller.

  10. Measure the length of the wooden dowel against the width of the fabric. You can cut the dowel to size based on the measurement.

  11. Insert the wooden dowel at the bottom folded part. The wooden dowel will prevent the fabric from twisting and folding when the roller blind is in use.

  12. Pull the cord and test the roller blind. See to it that it rolls up and down smoothly. Make adjustments as needed.

  13. Tip

    When choosing a fabric that has patterns and multicoloured, choose the one where the predominant colour matches or complements your room's wall colour so that your decor will look cohesive. If you have an upholstered furniture, such as a sofa or chair, in the same room you may want to use similar or matching fabric.

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Things You'll Need

  • roller blind kit
  • fabric
  • fabric stiffener
  • tape measure
  • pencil or tailor's chalk
  • scissors
  • tape
  • spray on adhesive, iron-on adhesive or fabric glue
  • double-sided tape
  • glue gun
  • accessories (ribbons, rope cording and tassles)

About the Author

Josienita Borlongan is a full-time lead web systems engineer and a writer. She writes for, and various other websites. She is a Microsoft-certified systems engineer and a Cisco-certified network associate. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in medical technology from Saint Louis University, Philippines.

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