Making Window Blinds
Why spend money on expensive blinds that your neighbors have also purchased for their own homes? Make your own DIY blinds and enjoy the benefits of doing so - the strong sense of accomplishment, the uniqueness of the design, and the customised feel of the blinds, among others.
In the following paragraphs, you will learn how to make your own blinds using available tools and materials in your home. Your customised handmade blinds will have a classic feel to it, thus, making it suitable for just about any decorative style in your home.
Gather Your Materials
Be sure to gather the materials for the customised blinds in your work area preferably in a separate room from where children and pets are underfoot. Many of the materials used have pointed ends or blades, which can cause injuries, as well as strings that can cause strangulation.
• Fabric of your choice (i.e., style, print)
• Electric iron
• Staple gun
• Needle and thread
• Removable-ink pen
• Strips of cotton measuring the blinds' width plus an allowance of ¾'' by 4 ¾''
• ¼'' dowels
• 2'' x 1'' batten (wood)
• 2 swatches of fabric measuring 2'' x 3''
• Brass rings
• Cord lock
• Shade lift cord
• Screw eyes
• Cord tassel
• Cord condenser
Adopt an organised approach when working on the blinds to finish the project as soon as possible.
Start on the Project:
With the tools and materials on hand, you can now start on your DIY shades.
• Measure the size of the shades based on the window that these will be placed on. Add 4'' to its width and 8½'' inches to its length for allowance. Cut the fabric for the shade and lining according to size.
• Lay the fabric with its right side facing down. Fold 2'' hems along its length and base; press with the iron. Fold the bottom corners and then press, too. Refold the hems, use slip stitches on the corners, and miter them; be sure to leave a ¼'' opening on one side for its dowel. Sew the sides and base by hand or machine.
• Lay the lining with its right side facing down. Fold two ⅜'' hems on its length and base; press.
• Align the fabric and lining together so that their wrong sides are facing each other. Sew the lining to the shade on the hemmed sides; use slip stitches.
• Decide on the placement of dowel pockets, mark them on the shade's back with the disappearing ink pen, and sew the cotton strips on. The cotton strips must be folded in half, pressed, and machine-stitched.
Tip: The pockets should have even spacing with intervals of 8-12 inches. The bottom pocket should be computed as: Size of intervals divided by 2, add 1. The top pocket should be 10 inches, minimum, from the top.
• Pin the folded long edges of pockets and machine stitch. Insert the dowels in the pockets, use slip stitch, and insert the bottom dowel into the miter's opening before closing with another slip stitch.
• Draw a line about 6½'' below the top of the shades. Before stapling, wrap the batten ends in the fabric swatches. Roll and staple battens until their edges cover the marker line.
• Stitch brass rings to the pockets' hemmed edge, which will form three columns. Attach the cord lock to the batten, then a screw eye to batten, and thread cord through the brass rings in the row. Finish by pulling condenser down, cutting remaining cord, and threading through tassel.
Mount the shade on the window with the appropriate hardware.