Punchy pattern: make a gorgeous roller blind in 3 easy steps

Give your kitchen a bold pattern hit with our simple roller blind

It’s easier to make your own roller blind than you might think, thanks to a simple roller-blind kit. We used one designed to fit a 105cm-wide window, but if your window is narrower, cut the roller bar down by 22cm and the bottom bar by 15mm of your finished width.

You will need:
Delilah fabric in Raspberry, £8.99 per m, Terrys Fabrics Chain Lift Roller Blind Kit, £9 for 105cm-wide blind, Grace Brown Interiors Measuring tape Sewing machine & thread Washing line Blind Stiffener Spray, £9 for 500ml, Grace Brown Interiors Masking tape

Step one
Measure and cut a piece of fabric 1cm less than the width of the metal roller (104cm, unless you’re trimming the blind kit as above), and to the drop you require for your window plus 3cm. Fold and pin, with wrong sides together, a channel along the bottom of the fabric, then machine stitch in place.

Step twoPeg your piece of cut fabric to your washing line outside and spray the reverse with the fabric stiffener, holding the bottle far away from you. Leave the fabric to dry completely.

Step three
Stick the top edge of the fabric to the double-sided tape on the roller bar and secure with masking tape. Place the bottom bar in its channel. Roll up the blind, with the wrong side facing out. Push the chain mechanism into one end of the top of the roller and the pin into the other end. Fit the window brackets in the correct place then hang your blind, following the instructions in the kit.

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