How to sew an easy blind

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    You will need

    • Main fabric (we used Sea Shell, ref CH2576/040, £82.10 a metre, Chivasso)
    • Wire-edged ribbon or braid (we used Gold Braid, £9.60 a metre, VV Rouleaux)
    • Telescopic curtain rail
    • Matching threads

    Illustration, Michael A. Hill

    Step 1) Measure the height and width of your window recess.
    Measure in a few places as windows are rarely square and use the
    smallest measurement in each case. Cut out a piece of main fabric to
    this size, adding 19cm to the drop and 10cm to the width.

    Step 2) Turn under 2cm then 5cm along each side edge, press and machine stitch hems in place.

    Step 3) To
    form a channel for the curtain rail, turn 2cm then 10cm to the wrong
    side along the top edge of the blind and press. Machine stitch close to
    the turned under edge.

    Step 4) Thread the blind
    on to a telescopic curtain rail and adjust the rail to fit the alcove.
    Carefully push the rail into place at the window with the wrong side of
    the blind facing you. Pin a hem along the bottom edge, turning under 2cm
    then 5cm but adjusting the fit as necessary. Take down the rail and
    remove the blind. Machine stitch the hem in place, remove pins and

    Step 5) Carefully cut two lengths of wired ribbon
    or braid, each to twice the finished drop of the blind. Lay the blind
    out, face up, on a flat surface. Position each length of ribbon at an
    equal distance from each side edge of the blind, and with half of the
    ribbon hanging over the front and half over the back (see illustration).
    Pin the ribbons in place back and front at the points where the ribbon
    covers the machine stitching along the curtain rail channel.

    Illustration, Michael A. Hill

    Step 6) Using a sewing thread that matches the ribbon or
    braid, neatly hand-stitch the ribbon in place along the machine
    stitching (see illustration). Work carefully through one layer of fabric
    only, repeating at the back of the blind to attach the ribbon there.

    Step 7)
    Slip the curtain rail through the channel on the blind and hang in
    place. Lift one side of the blind up to your preferred height and
    carefully tie the ribbon or braid to hold it in that position. Repeat on
    the second side. Adjust the fabric
    and ribbon as necessary until you’re happy with the result. If you are
    using wire-edged ribbon, add a decorative touch by coiling the free ends
    into curls.

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