Make a Roman Blind

You will need the following:

  • Cotton
  • Strong string
  • Sewing machine
  • Staples
  • Staple gun
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Tape measure
  • 5 wood batons
  • 2 Screws/nails
  • Fabric
  • Fabric Tape
  • Lining (optional)
  • Velcro
  • Plastic loops


  • Measure the window. Depending on the type of window, you can either take the measurements from in between the walls so that the blinds sit right next to the window or take them from in front of the window so that the blind can come down past the sill.
  • You can use any fabric but in order to get the best folds in the blind it is best to use fabric that is at least decorator weight. If you are adding a lining, use a dark colour to block out light. This is especially for blinds that are used in a bedroom.
  • Measure and cut the fabric. Allow an extra inch on each side so that you can hem the edges to make a neat finish.
  • If you are adding a lining, measure and cut the fabric. It should be cut an 1 inch smaller than the best face fabric.
  • Place the best face fabric right side down and pin the lining in place, putting the hem of the best face fabric over the edges of the lining. Once secure turn inside out, sew the hems. Make sure there is small opening left so that you can turn it right side out again.
  • Stitch the velcro across the top edge of the fabric.
  • Place the fabric tape at 4 intervals on the lining. When you are happy with the position (this will be where your blind folds.) You can make the tape more secure by stitching the edges. Remember to leave the short edges open because the batons will be threaded through them. Alternatively you can glue the batons directly on to the fabric.
  • Attach the plastic loops to the fabric tape or the batons. Thread the string through the loops.
  • Attach the other side of the velcro to the last baton. Screw the baton to the window frame or wall.
  • Attach the blind.

Now all you have to do is sit back and admire all your handiwork that completes your interior design project.