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Fringe-Edged Roller Blind
To decorate a roller blind with an edging along its lower edge, you will need the edging and the basic sewing kit. Measure up for and make up a roller blind.
Consider the size of the edging in relation to the window, allowing for the edging to drop well below the sill if the roller is to be face-fixed, or to the sill, if it is to be fixed within a recess.
1. Neatening Fringe Cut out the fringe to the same width as the blind, adding 5 cm for turnings. Trim the raw edges at each end, and over sew to secure.
2. Attaching Fringe Remove the batten, and lay the lower edge of the blind on a flat surface. Using matching thread, slipstitch the fringe to the lower edge of the batten channel, with the wrong side facing the right side of the blind. Finish the blind.
The Finished Blind
Scallop-Edged Roller Blind
There are several shapes, such as scallops, that can be used to decorate the lower edge of a roller blind.
For this technique, you will need fabric for the blind and the facing strip, iron-on interlining to give body to the lower edge, a saucer for use as a template, and the basic sewing kit.
Measure up for the blind. Add the desired depth of the scallops to the dimension for the blind drop. The scallop depth here is 3 cm. Cut out and stiffen the blind fabric.
1. Cutting Pattern Cut out a strip of pattern paper to the width of the blind by the depth of the batten plus 7.5 cm, adding 3 cm for the depth of the scallops.
2. Trimming Interlining Cut out a strip of fabric for the facing to the same size as the paper pattern. Cut a strip of interlining to match the facing. Press the interlining to the wrong side of the facing.
3. Marking Batten Line Machine sew a row of zigzag stitches along the top edge of the facing. Mark lines on both sides of the facing 1 cm from the top edge. Mark a second line away from each marked line equal to the batten width. The batten used here is 3 cm wide.
4. Drawing Curve Fold the paper pattern into equal lengths. Place the saucer on the folded pattern and draw a smooth curve for the scallop outline.
5. Cutting Pattern Hold the folded pattern firmly in one hand and cut out the scallops, carefully following the marked line.
6. Pinning Pattern Pin the facing and blind fabric right sides together, aligning the raw edges. Unfold the paper pattern and pin it to the facing, aligning the straight edge of the pattern with the neatened edge of the facing.
7. Marking Facing Use a vanishing-ink pen to trace the outline of the scallops onto the facing. Remove the pattern. Sew a row of tacking stitches 6 mm inside the scallop line.
8. Sewing Fabric Machine sew along the tacked line. cut out the scallops, following the marked line. Notch the curved seam allowances. Turn the blind fabric and the facing right sides out, and press.
9. Stitching Batten Line Sew the facing and blind fabric together along the lower batten line. Lay out the blind and place the batten between the fabric pieces and against the stitched line. Fold the facing over the batten to check that there is space left for the batten.
10. Finishing Channel Remove the batten. Complete the batten channel by machine sewing the fabric close to the zigzag stitching. Finish the roller blind.
The Finished Blind
Benefits of Roller Blinds
Roller blinds offer clean and simple lining that sits flush against the wall or window to which they are installed. From full-spectrum colours to floral patterns, there’s a wide variety of different designs and patterns available to add a touch of style to the room. Seeking the help of a blinds expert will ensure a service that is tailored to your exact specifications.
Blinds operate using hardware that is inherently safe and poses no threat to children or pets. As such, common roller blinds can be used in any room – including bathrooms, living rooms and kitchens.
Due to their simple and elegant design, roller blinds open and close easily and wear very well. Roller blinds are especially durable as they feature strong aluminium barrels, high-quality fabrics, and rigorously tested material for excess duress.
As a cost-effective solution to privacy needs, light control and durability. Roller blinds come as an attractive option to many different room setups. Especially if you’re on a low budget. Additionally, if your room is in need of a fresh make-over, you can instantly enhance any existing room by simply replacing old, worn-out curtains or blinds.
Some blinds are difficult to operate, and repair can be very expensive if they break in the installation process. Fortunately, the majority of the famous brands of roller blinds have a set warranty seal, to ensure customer satisfaction
If you work nights or just struggle to sleep with the glare from street lamps, roller blinds come in blackout versions, which is very useful for people who come back home after a busy day at work. The roller blind is fitted with a unique blackout lining, meaning the majority of the light is blocked out, ensuring you get a peaceful sleep.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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