How to make Roman blinds

Follow our top tips and step-by-step guide to making Roman blinds at home.

Updated 12 July 2019

Blue blinds pulled to the side

Key steps

  • Choose a fabric that fits with your home décor.
  • Measure out your fabric and lining.
  • Follow our easy guide to making Roman blinds at home.
  • Use a light fabric pencil when marking lines so it will rub off when the job is done.
  • Add a wall cleat to secure your new blinds.

Roman blinds are stylish, convenient, and surprisingly easy to make. If you’ve got some fabric that you want to reuse or that goes perfectly with your decor, try your hand at making DIY Roman blinds with our step-by-step guide to making Roman blinds at home.

Always make sure that you leave allowances when measuring for hems as you want your finished DIY Roman blinds to look neat around the edges.

Equipment for making blinds

Before you start making your own DIY Roman blinds, make sure you have all the relevant supplies:

  • Wooden batten – this should be a 2.5cm-squre and the width of your blind
  • Self-adhesive hook - the width of the batten and with a sew-on fastener
  • Fabric – and a lining fabric
  • Thread – ideally this will match the main fabric unless you want a visible hem
  • Wooden dowelling – choose a narrow option that’s 3cm shorter than the length of the blind
  • Any decorations – trims or braids work well on the edges
  • Plastic rings and eyelets – choose 12mm rings and screw-in eyelets
  • Blind pull – wooden options work best and can be painted if you like
  • Cord – cut into three pieces, each 1x the width and 2x the length of the blind
  • Wall cleat

How to make your own DIY Roman blinds

Here is our step-by-step guide to creating your own DIY blinds at home.

  1. Attach the self-adhesive hook by pressing along the batten front.
  2. Fix this above the window frame.
  3. Measure the length you want the blind to drop from the top of the batten.
  4. Add an additional 2.5cm to both hems.
  5. Lay your blind fabric on an even surface with the front of the fabric facing up.
  6. Lay the lining fabric over the blind fabric and match the edges. Pin in place with 2.5cm allowance for the seam.
  7. Stitch the edges together at the sides and bottom, removing the pins as you go.
  8. Stitch another line to create a dowel pocket and insert the dowel. This should be about 6mm from the fabric edge.
  9. Mark a line with a fabric pencil along the width of the blind 5cm down from the top. You want the fabric lining side up for this.
  10. Mark the rest of the blind into sections, 20-30cm from each line depending on your chosen pleat size.
  11. Cut out strips of lining fabric, approximately 8cm in length, for each of your pleats. These should match the width of your blind.
  12. Fold the lining strips in half, stitch along the long edge at one end, and leave 1cm for the seam. This will be used to create a dowel pocket for each pleat.
  13. Using your pencil lines, pin the dowel pockets in place. Make sure they are centred before machine stitching the long edge through the entire thickness of your blind. Work slowly to avoid mistakes or bumps and folds in the fabric.
  14. Place the dowels in the newly created pockets. Use a slip stitch to hold them in place.
  15. Mark the centre point on each pocket.
  16. Slip stitch a plastic ring on each of these marks, as well as 5cm from each side.
  17. Turn the top edges of both fabrics back 2.5cm. Pin in place.
  18. Attach the sew-on fastener near the fold, removing the pins as it comes together.
  19. Hang your blind from the batten.
  20. If using a decorative trim, cut it to match the blind’s width and use a slip stitch to attach it across the bottom edge of the blind.
  21. Attach 3 eyelets to the back of the batten. They must line up with the rows of plastic rings sewn on your blind pleats.
  22. Take your cord and tie one length to each of the 3 rings on the bottom pleat.
  23. Thread the cord through the rings on each pleat and the eyelets on the batten.
  24. Trim and fix the blind pull in place.
  25. Attach a wall cleat to secure your new blinds.

With these easy steps, you now know how to make Roman blinds, and can start adding a unique, personal touch to your home. Now you know how to make your own Roman blinds why not read further with our top tips on how to clean venetian blinds or care for blinds at home.

Originally published 12 July 2019