How to Cover Vertical Blinds

Pamela Gardapee

If you have vertical binds and you really want to change the look of the room they are in, you can easily change the color of the blinds without spending a fortune on new blinds. With a sewing machine and some fabric you can cover the slats of the vertical blinds to create a whole new look.

Cover Vertical Blinds


If you use a washable fabric and slip-stitch the bottom, you can easily take the covers off and wash them in the future.

  1. Measure a vertical strip from the blind. Measure end to end and side to side. Measure where the hole is from the top, and measure the length and height of the hole where the blind attaches to the clip on the rail.

  2. Place the fabric on a table and use the tape measure to measure your pieces. Remember to double the width of the blind so you can fold the fabric. You need at least a 1/4-inch seam on one side. For instance, if the width of the blind is 3 inches, you would measure out 6 1/4 inches of fabric. Next measure the length. You will need a 1/4-inch seam at the bottom and the top.

  3. Cut out your pieces. Sew the sides of each piece with a sewing machine. Sew the top end closed, but leave the bottom end open so you can slide it over the slat that you are covering.

  4. Place the new fabric cover on the vertical slat. Measure where the hole should be on the covered slat and use the razor knife to cut out the opening. Do not make the hole too large or too small.

  5. Use a needle and thread to hand sew the bottom seam.

  6. Attach the vertical blind to the clip to make sure you have made the hole correctly.

  7. Repeat Steps 4 through 6 until all slats are covered and hanging.