Roll up fabric curtains are, arguably, the most versatile windowing covering in the market today. There is a lot to choose from in every single aspect of these curtains. For example, you will find a lot of variety in the fabric, the pattern of the fabric, the colours, the mechanism, the dimensions and the overall finish and structural design of the blinds. With an infinite number of combinations, the potential to experiment is almost unfathomable.
Does it make sense to make my own roll up fabric curtains at home?
Although the versatility of roll up fabrics is one of their primary benefits, roll up fabric curtains are a double-edged sword. The multiple designs, patterns and fabric make it difficult for you to find the right one for your home. It might take a lot of time and effort to find roll up curtains that suit your home, is aesthetically pleasing, affordable, easy to maintain and is the type of fabric that you want. Satisfying all these criteria while there are so many different permutations and combinations out there is an extremely daunting task.
On the other hand, if you know exactly what you want, you can make your own roll up curtains. The time you spend making these curtains is merely a fraction of what you might spend in searching for one if you know the colour, the type of fabric, dimensions and the pattern of the fabric. If you have the time for it, it can be a fun project for you to work on. There is nothing like making your own home décor from scratch. It shows a lot of resourcefulness and talent. Moreover, if you can get it right, you will get exactly what you envisioned, that can’t really be matched by manufactured curtains. This is also a good opportunity to do something for your home with your loved ones. It can be a bonding experience and a fun activity.
What will I need to make my roll up fabric curtains?
Since you are going to be making one, literally from scratch, it is absolutely essential that you get everything you might need (and a little extra, in case there are any do overs). Here are some items that you might need when making your own DIY curtains.
- Leather straps.
- Copper lobster clasps
- Wooden dowels.
- Copper D rings
Now that the materials for the roll up fabric curtains have been dealt with you should also know all the tools you might need. Take a look at this list, to see if you have them all, or if you need to borrow or purchase any of them. It is recommended that you don’t need to buy any of them unless you’re planning to use them for other projects. It isn’t really necessary for a single project –
- A Cutting Mat
- A Sewing Machine
- Fabric Scissors
- A Hot Glue Gun
- A Fabric tape measure
- A Fine Finish Hand Saw
How do I go about making my roll up fabric curtains with all my tools and materials?
The following steps will guide you in making your own roll up fabric curtains. Make sure to read the instructions carefully before starting the assimilation process –
Disclaimer: Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damaged caused through following DIY methods. Since all blinds and shades are different, we always recommend checking with your blind manufacturer or retailer first before making any modifications to your blinds. As well, if you are uncomfortable on your own, look for the help of a professional.
- The first order of business is to measure the dimensions of the windows (excluding the trim). Make a note of your measurements.
- It is time to cut the material according to your measurements. For the width, add 4 inches to the width of the window and for the height, add seven inches to the height of the window.
- Fold your fabric over 1 inch and iron it.
- Now, sew each of these sides up. It will be easier for you later on if you use a zig-zag stitching method.
- You have to fold over the top and bottom edges again over 1 inch and sew them up with the zig-zag stitching method. Keep in mind that the seams must be folded and that they must be sewed from the same side.
- Once you have finished the zig-zag stitching, you should cut the strap material with fabric scissors to around 9 inches.
- You should add a D ring to a side of the leather and fold it over by 1 inch. This time around, you should sew the leather with a straight style stitching method. Repeat this process on the other side, but with a lobster clasp. It is absolutely essential, that you go as slowly as possible in order to make sure that you can pierce both sides of the leather.
- In the event that your sewing machine is not able to pierce through the leather, you can soak it in some lukewarm water to make the leather soft. An alternative method is to use the sewing machine’s handwheel to create a stitch manually.
- Now, you should cut your dowels to right size. The dowel must be 4 inches than the sewed material.
- You should insert the dowel inside the curtain panel. Take 4 inches from the end of the fabric and hot glue the strap to the wooden dowel which is inside the curtain panel.
If these steps are followed diligently, you should be able to hang your finished product onto the windows. Make sure that you take your time, work slowly and carefully. Make sure you have some pictures and diagrams to help you picture how it is to be done. If you find a video for reference, that is even better. Buying curtains directly can’t really replace the satisfaction of making a finished project from scratch.