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How To Apply Roller Blind Backing

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How to make a roller blind using iron-on roller blind stiffening backing

Read on to learn our workshop tips on how to make your own custom roller blinds; how to choose fabric for a roller blind, how to measure and cut, and how to correctly apply roller blind stiffening material to your show fabric to get a really professional-looking finish!

Choosing fabric to make a roller blind

The fabric that you choose for your blind is called the show fabric, so look out for that term in the tutorial! When choosing the show fabric to make your own roller blind, look for fabrics suitable for making curtains; these are heavier than dressmaking fabrics, but lighter and easier to work with than upholstery fabrics, although some of these will also work. On our webshop try the fabric for roller blinds filter to see a range of suitable fabrics.

Useful things to think about

As you need to iron the backing on, please check the manufacturer’s care instructions before you start ironing, or test a piece of the fabric with a medium-hot iron.

Our roller blind stiffener fabric has a smooth right side that shows on the finished blind, and a rougher wrong side which has the iron-on adhesive, so make sure you have it the right way round before you iron!

If you’re making a small roller blind, it’s worth checking our remnants for blind-sized bargains! You can use the Find My Fabric search tool to guide you, or click on the quick links below:

If you need help measuring, our guide on how to measure for a Roman blind also applies to roller blinds, and will explain how to measure accurately for a blind that fits inside or outside a window recess.

Why choose roller blind backing fabric?

We sell roller blind stiffening backing material by the metre so that you can achieve a professional-looking finish at home with the fabric of your choice by following our tutorial. If you want a full roller blind kit, ours include roller blind backing, so just choose the show fabric to finish it off.

We like roller blind backing fabric because it gives you lots of choice! Pre-stiffened fabrics are available, but the range is usually limited. You could opt for a spray-on stiffener, but these can be messy and difficult to use, and don’t work with some fabrics. The best solution we’ve found in our workroom is the iron-on roller blind stiffener. With this backing fabric you can use most fabrics to make a roller blind, so long as it can take a hot iron and is not too thick to roll up once it is backed. Here are our top tips to get it right!

What you’ll need:

  • Show Fabric (the fabric for the front of your blind)
  • Roller blind backing fabric – buy it here
  • Steam iron
  • Large clean surface to iron on. You may like to protect the surface with a folded duvet cover or towel)
  • Heat erasable pen or tailor’s chalk (you can use a pencil instead)
  • Tape measure
  • Set square (to ensure corners are right angles – you could use a large book)

1

Doing the measurements

Both the the show fabric and the backing are worked out in the same way: the width of the fabrics should be 1- 2cm wider each side than the finished size of your blind. Add at least 30cm (12″) to the finished length to allow for turning at the top and bottom.

2

Measuring and marking

Place your roller blind backing right side down. Measure the size of your blind (width +2cm, length+30cm) and mark out on the wrong side. Use the set square (or book) to check the corners are square so that your blind won’t look wonky. Once you are happy, cut out the backing.

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3

Preparing your show fabric

Press your show fabric with an iron, and make sure you have the design the right way up. For plain fabric, skip to step 5, otherwise look at the design and decide where to position the pattern on the blind – a large design should be centred, so extra material will be needed to pattern match if you’re making more than one blind

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4

Decide on pattern placement

Pattern placement is important for a professional finish. For a bold design, choose a prominent feature to centre. Check where your pattern will sit on the blind, remembering to allow for turning at top and bottom. We allow 20cm at the top and 10cm at the bottom, but check your cassette instructions. Mark where you would like your blind to sit with a few pins.

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5

Position the backing on the fabric

Now you’re ready to apply the roller blind backing. Place show fabric right side down and position the piece of backing, you cut earlier, onto the fabric right side up. line the backing with the pins, then mark around it with your pen or chalk and then remove the pins. If your fabric is plain, then position the backing directly onto the show fabric in the same way, and mark with chalk.

6

Preparing for ironing

Set up your ironing surface. If you are using your kitchen table, protect the surface with a large towel or blanket, make sure it is smooth and flat. Check that your show fabric is right side down, and the roller blind backing is on top and right side up. The slightly bumpy adhesive side of the backing should be against the back of the fabric.
Set your iron to medium – high temperature.

You’re going to need to use a firm pressure on the iron, and work out from the centre of the blind with a circular motion, continuing right to he edges of the roller blind.

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7

Apply the roller blind backing

To iron on, press and hold the iron down firmly and apply steam. Be careful not to move too quickly – it will cause wrinkles.

To ensure that all of the backing has stuck down properly, look at the fabric from a low angle in good light; this will show up any bubbles. Use the iron to chase the bubbles out to the edge of the fabric so that the air can be released. Check that you have a good seal right to the very edge.

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8

Cut to size

Now cut down the bonded show fabric and roller blind backing to the desired size of your finished blind: trim off the extra 1 – 2cm each side to give a clean edge, and leave the extra 30cm (12″) you allowed on the length. This will be used to turn the bottom, and for attaching the blind to the cassette.

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9

Your blind is complete!

Follow the instructions for your cassette to fit the bottom bar to your blind and to attach the fabric onto the roller.

Your blind is now ready to fit to the window.

You can buy our iron-on roller blind backing by the metre here:

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12 Comments

  1. Fiona Bashford

    Does using the backing material mean there is no need to hem the edges of the blind?

    Reply
    • ltextiles

      Hi there Fiona, that’s right! the iron-on backing seals the edge of the fabric, so there’s no need to hem, which means the blind can roll up more tightly and evenly.

      Reply
  2. Jennie Taylor

    I need to join curtain fabric because my blind is 2m 35cm wide I have re made blinds for this window before but used 54″ wide fabric width ways. This time I have bought a vertical design fabric so I will need to join pieces together. Will this blind backing be suitable?

    Reply
    • ltextiles

      Hi, you would be able to use the roller blind backing but we are not sure how you are joining the pieces together. If you have a seam we would recommend sticking the hem down with hemming web before applying the backing, but the seam would still be bulky which might affect the performance of the blind. If you are not having a seam just putting the cut edges of the fabric together the backing will stabilise it to some extent but you may still need to apply a product like FrayCheck to the cut edges to reduce fraying. We have not made a blind with joined fabric, so please do let us know how you get on with it.

      Reply
  3. Christine Marson

    Hi
    I assume when using this product one side of the blind will be plain
    Thank you

    Reply
    • ltextiles

      Hi yes it would be. If you want a blind patterned on both sides you would need to join 2 fabrics together with something like fuse-a-web.

      Reply
      • Christine Marson

        Thank you would I do this before using the backing
        Thanks

        Reply
        • ltextiles

          Hi Christine, If you use roller blind backing, you’ll have a plain backing because the backing is unpatterned. If you’d like a patterned backing, a better choice might be a roman blind, or for an easier make, a Swedish blind, if this would work with your decor.

          Reply
  4. Sally

    Hi. I was just wondering how long this would last on a blind. I am hoping it doesn’t start peeling off after a few months/years.
    Thank you

    Reply
    • ltextiles

      Hi Sally, we haven’t had any reports of it beginning to detach. Once the glue is melted it is a secure bond to the blind fabric. In the unlikely event there was any peeling you could take the blind down and apply a hot iron to any problem spots (avoiding the mechanism)

      Reply
  5. Vicky Stanley

    Hi, I have a lovely bedroom blind that is to light (should have guessed with the daylight blind label), could I use this on an existing blind to make it blackout or would it be too thick?
    Thanks very much

    Reply
    • ltextiles

      Hi Vicky,

      Yes, you can use it to transform your existing blind. As long as your iron can be used on a hot enough setting, it should work.

      Please order a sample on our website if you would like to test a piece on your existing blind.

      Reply

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