How to make conservatory blinds

If you are lucky enough to have a bright conservatory in your home, you will know the importance of good blinds to help you control the heat and glare of the sun. Roller blinds are a popular choice for conservatories because they are easy to raise and lower and let in the maximum amount of light when they are up. You can even get special reflective blind fabric to keep your conservatory cool in the heat of the day. Here is a simple step-by-step guide to making roller blinds for your conservatory.

How to make conservatory blinds

You will need:

  • Blind fabric
  • Matching thread
  • Roller with spring mechanism (or roller blind kit)
  • Mounting brackets and screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Electric drill
  • Batten, cut to the width of the blind minus 6mm(1/4in)
  • Double-sided tape
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Blind cord
  • Cord holder

Time to complete job: 3 hours.
Approximate budget: Roller blind kits cost from £7.99.

First steps:There is a large range of blind fabric you can choose from to fit in with your décor, but if you can't find what you want in the specialist range, you can use fabric stiffener on thin fabric.

Measure the window for the blind. You will need enough fabric for the width of the window, and the length plus 30cm (12in) to allow for covering the roller and the hemmed channel for the bottom batten.

If you can't find fabric wide enough, you can join two pieces of fabric together with a 1cm (3/8in) seam, but take this into account in your measurements.

Blind kits complete with the blind roller and mounting brackets are readily available, or you can mix and match parts yourself.

Tip: If you can't find a roller the right size for your conservatory window, buy one that's too large and cut it down to fit.

  • Step 1: Cutting out the fabric

    Step 1: Cutting out the fabric

    Measure, mark and cut out the fabric to the desired dimensions.

    Tip: Make sure you cut the corners at a perfect right angle, otherwise the blind won\'t hang properly from the roller.

  • Step 2: Make a channel for the batten

    Step 2: Make a channel for the batten

    Stitch along the lower raw edge of the blind fabric with a zigzag stitch on your sewing machine to reinforce it.

    Place the batten on the blind fabric, wrong side up, and fold the fabric over the batten. Mark the fold.

    Remove the batten, fold the fabric with wrong sides together as marked and baste, then sew, near the marking to make a channel to hold the batten.

    Leave both sides open.

  • Step 3: Tape the roller to the fabric

    Step 3: Tape the roller to the fabric

    Tape the roller to the fabric. With the blind fabric right side up, place the roller on the upper raw edge. Make sure the roller is centred.

    With double-sided fabric tape, tape the roller to the top edge of the fabric.

    Tip: Make sure the roller is centred and even on the fabric, or the blind won't hang straight.

  • Step 4: Securing the roller to the fabric

    Step 4: Securing the roller to the fabric

    Turn the fabric half a roll onto the roller, making sure it\'s straight and even.

    With a staple gun, attach the fabric to the roller along its entire length.

  • Step 5: Finishing

    Step 5: Finishing

    Insert the wooden batten into the prepared channel along the bottom edge and centre it.

    Attach the cord holder to the batten on the wrong side of the blind. Wind up the blind onto the roller.

    Fix the roller brackets above the window for maximum light when the blind is up and fit the roller blind into the brackets. Test the tension and adjust if necessary.