How to Make a Fabric Roll-Up Shade


Construct your own custom roll-up fabric blinds with the material of your choice for a low-cost window treatment in your home. Fabric roll-up shades are ideal in a kitchen, bathroom or dining room where the window treatments can be mounted in the window recess area. Choose a fabric that has a medium or light weight for optimum results when rolling up the shade. Heavy fabric may be difficult to roll up. Coordinating the shade's fabric or drapes makes a nice addition to a complete window treatment.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Roll-up blind kit
  • Fabric starch
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Pencil
  • Adhesive tape
  • Determine the length of the window opening from the mounting point of the shades to the base of the window using a tape measure. Add 12 inches for securing the shade to the roller.

  • Firm up the fabric with a liquid fabric starch prior to trimming it to the roller size. Place the wet fabric on an even surface until it completely dries. Follow the instructions on the starch can for drying time based on the amount of fabric you treated.

  • Trim the fabric to the appropriate size based on your window measurements. Turn 1 1/2 inch to the wrong side on the bottom edge of the fabric to create a hem. Hand sew the hem 1/8 inch from the interior edge with a straight stitch.

  • Lay the fabric right-side up on an even surface. Use a measuring tape to measure 1 inch from the top edge of the fabric width and make a line across the top with a pencil.

  • Secure adhesive tape provided with the unit to the upper edge of the shade roller. Attach the fabric to the unit so that it falls just behind the roller using the pencil line to guide you.

  • Wind 2 to 3 inches of fabric around the shade roller. Secure wall brackets above the window and push the roller into the brackets. The roller should lock into place.

  • Open and close the shade until the tension is correct with the pulley cord. The roller should operate smoothly when raising and lowering the shade.

Tips & Warnings

  • Find liquid fabric starch treatment at fabric and craft retailers for the shades.
  • Purchase double-sided adhesive tape from an arts and crafts retailer if it is not provided with the roller kit.

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