How to make a simple blind

Quick and easy to make, a roll-up blind instantly updates a window.

How to make a simple blind

You will need:

  • Tape measure
  • Two different fabrics
  • Thread to match your fabric
  • Wooden dowelling, slightly shorter than your blind's width
  • Four ribbons as long as your window, plus seam allowance
  • Double-sided, sew-and-stick
    Velcro, as long as the blind width
  • A sewing machine and an iron, plus pins and scissors

Two ways to use your blind:
- Hide shelving - Fix your blind onto an open cupboard to conceal cluttered shelves. For shelves that run the length of a whole wall, use a series of blinds next to each other.
- Relaxed look - Take the dowelling out of the bottom of the blind and tie the fabric up in loosely gathered bunches.

Time to complete job: One hour
Approximate budget: Blinds costs from about £15 for a small window

  • Step 1: Cutting the fabric

    Step 1: Cutting the fabric

    Measure your window or window recess to determine the size of your blind, then measure and cut a length of each fabric, allowing an extra 1.5cm for the seams. Pin the two pieces together, right sides facing, then stitch both sides and along the bottom.

  • Step 2: Beginning the sewing

    Step 2: Beginning the sewing

    Turn the blind inside out so that the patterns are on the outside, then iron and press the edges flat. To create a pocket for the dowelling at the bottom of the blind, sew a straight line from side seam to side seam, about 1.5cm from the bottom edge.

  • Step 3: Adding the ribbon

    Step 3: Adding the ribbon

    Along the top, pin ribbons a quarter of the blind’s width from each side – two on the front and two on the back. Place the furry Velcro along the top seam on the front of the blind, fold over so it’s on the back; pin it in place and sew along both edges.

  • Step 4: Finishing

    Step 4: Finishing

    Unpick two or three stitches on one side of the pocket at the bottom edge of the blind and thread through the dowel, then neatly restitch the hole. Stick the sticky side of the Velcro along the top of your window frame and attach the blind to it.