How to Make a Roller Blind

Customize your window treatments by making your own blinds. Roller blind kits can be purchased at a fraction of the cost of having one professionally made. Making your own roller blinds will give you fabric and style options not available with standard, ready-made choices. Redecorating budgets will also benefit if a custom blind was previously made as the roller can be reused with new fabric.

Step 1

Measure the length and width of your window for outside or inside mount.  Inside mount is a more preferred option for it will keep the roller blind from dislodging from frequent use.

When measuring for inside mount, allow 1/4 inch for the mounting hardware. 

Step 2

Install the mounting hardware and try the roller on.  Remove the roller and lay it on the table.

Step 3

Pre-wash the fabric and use a fabric stiffener to harden and strengthen the fabric.  This is a must for softer or lightweight fabric.

Step 4

Mark the width of the fabric against the roller.  Place the fabric at the top center of the roller holding it temporarily in place with tape.

Mark both ends right before the hardware sticks out, this will give enough room for the blind to roll up and down smoothly.  Add 1 inch seam allowance.

Mark the length all the way down to the window sill, adding extra 2 inches at the bottom to be folded and seamed where the wooden dowel will be inserted later on.  Cut the fabric.

Step 5

Remove the tape from the roller.  Lay your fabric on a flat surface.

Step 6

Fold the seam allowances on each side and then use either an iron-on adhesive, spray on fabric adhesive or fabric glue to keep them in place.  You can sew it too but for a more seamless look, these types of adhesives are perfect.

Step 7

Fold the bottom part and then using the same adhesives to connect the end on the 2-inch mark leaving holes on each end for the wooden dowel to go through. 

Step 8

Place the top part of the fabric on the top middle portion of the roller.  Use strips of double-sided tape to secure the fabric onto the roller.

Step 9

Measure the length of the wooden dowel against the width of the fabric.  You can cut the dowel to size based on the measurement.

Step 10

Insert the wooden dowel at the bottom fold.  The wooden dowel will prevent the fabric from twisting and folding when the roller blind is in use.

Step 11

Pull the cord and test that the roller blind rolls up and down smoothly.  Make adjustments as needed.

Step 12

Add embellishments.  You can add decorative rope, cord, ribbon or tassels at the bottom part of the roller blind to make it more unique and attractive--giving it a more finished look.

Use colors that either match or complement your decor.  You can attach them using a glue gun.

Things You Will Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Roller blind kit
  • Fabric
  • Fabric stiffener
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil or tailor's chalk
  • Scissors
  • Spray on adhesive, iron-on adhesive or fabric glue
  • Double-sided tape
  • Glue gun
  • Accessories (ribbons, rope cording and tassels)


  • When choosing a fabric that has patterns and multi-colored, choose the one where the predominant color matches or complements your room's wall color so that your decor will look cohesive. If you have upholstered furniture, such as a sofa or chair, in the same room you may want to use similar or matching fabric.

About the Author

Josienita Borlongan is a full-time lead web systems engineer and a writer. She writes for Business.com, OnTarget.com and various other websites. She is a Microsoft-certified systems engineer and a Cisco-certified network associate. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in medical technology from Saint Louis University, Philippines.