When I did the Butler’s pantry make-over, I promised to show you how I made the London blind. This tutorial is exactly the same pattern and method but this curtain was made for a laundry…. which I will reveal in the end. It is a simple process and won’t take more than a few hours, uses very little fabric and it’s always pretty. Have a look at my Pinterest board on finishing touches for more inspiration. Right, let’s get into how to make a London blind!
I used a floral fabric to match some floral pictures the client already had in her pantry, mixed some gorgeous gingham check and cute pom-poms for a finished look. If you read my diary for a while, you know by now I get most of my fabrics from fabric.com. Fold your fabric in half, and cut to the length of your window. In this case it was just a mock blind, so size didn’t really matter. I cut it 1m long. This window/door, was 70cm wide so my middle panel I cut 35cm and the sides 20cm with seam allowance. The gingham pleat I made 25cm wide.
Join your pieces length wise together as seen below. The gingham will not stay like this, but folded inside.
The side seams are just a simple double folded hem, equal in size. (my standard is 3cm)
Once you have joined and ironed the joins, fold the pleats in the middle and bring the outside fabric together. Cut the top and bottom perfectly square. I used a square ruler for this job. (notice the folded gingham pleats on the bottom of the photo). Pin the pleats so they don’t move during the next few steps.
Cut strips of 10cm each for the frill on top. Join them together, fold to make them 5cm wide, and iron flat.
I don’t even bother with a special pleat-making sewing foot, I simply gather by hand as I sew.
Now is the time to put your piping and frill to the top of the blind. This is not a necessary step, but I felt it needed it for this laundry room. You can skip this step, of change it up and add a plain box or piping only. My zip foot works better than a piping foot as it gets closer to the piping, providing a better finish.
Do not turn you blind over just yet to put the valcro on. With the same foot, on the same side you have been working, sew the first side of the valcro. Stitch close to the seam again.
Now you can turn your blind over and sew the other side of the valcro. I do this to only have one stitch line. Looks so much nicer this way. Ok, now we are half way! 😉
Now you can sew the edging of your choice on the bottom edge or the blind. (mine was these cute pom-pom trim)
This diagram shows how the cord will be threaded so you have an idea of what the next step will be about. Turn your blind face down. Measure from bottom up, and space 15cm between the eyelets. Pin in the middle of the gingham pleat.
You can use the button-hole or zig-zag stitch here. If you choose zig-zag, then work slowly over the eyelets and hold fabric firm so the fabric doesn’t feed forward. (or hand sew if you so choose)
I chose to add covered buttons to the front of the blind for a little something extra. The instructions are usually on the back of the packet.
The buttons are hand sewn onto the pleated part of the fabric as shown below.
Now your blind is finished and can be threaded for hanging. Refer back to the diagram above to see how. I used a 19mm x 40mm pine cleat and stapled the hook valcro on the front and fitted it onto the door with tiny L-brackets. (sorry for the poor lighting.. this room gets zero natural light and the ceiling light is casting all sorts of patterns on the wall)
Laundry Room finished. I also covered the ironing board, iron (yes that looks like a granny cap hahaha). I couldn’t stand the ugly iron and board sitting like monsters on the wall beside my pretty curtain. A girl’s gotta do what a girl needs to ! 😉
I hope this post on how to make a London blind has helped you! Enjoy sewing your blinds!
Till next time,