A step-by-step guide to creating a stunning Swedish blind that will work beautifully in a modern, country scheme
Note: Before you embark on your blind project, take a look at the latest rules and regulations on blind safety.
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Before you start, here’s what you will need to make blinds:
1cm diameter wooden dowelling the width of the blind
2.5cm wooden batten the width of the blind
Glass ring and cord kit
Strong webbed tape about 2-3cm wide
Cut 1 piece from each of the fabrics the width of the blind required plus 2cm, and the drop required plus 6cm. Lay one panel flat, wrong side up, and turn in 0.5cm on all four sides. Iron down and baste. Repeat for other panel.
Put the checked and floral fabric pieces together, wrong sides facing. Pin and baste around both sides and the bottom. Machine-stitch together on three sides.
Insert wooden dowelling at the bottom of the blind and machine-stitch across the blind above it to hold it in place.
Close up the top by machining together as for the other three sides. Cover the ends of the wooden batten with fabric, using the staple gun, as the ends will be visible.
Cut two lengths of around 34cm of the webbing. Fold in half,
inserting one glass ring into each fold. Pin the unfolded ends to the
top of the blind, each about a quarter of the way in from the sides.
Staple the blind and webbing to the batten.
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Follow the cording diagram left, making sure that you leave the cord long enough for raising and lowering the blind. At the back of the batten, knot the cord into small loops and tape them
to the back of the batten. This will hold them in place until the batten has been screwed to the wall, and will make the blind and cord easier to handle.
Alternatively, binding the blind with a contrasting fabric is a smart alternative to lining it.