I’ve recently had my bar stools covered in crushed velvet by Cover It Glam (they’ve come out beautiful!) which made my striped kitchen blind look out of place without any other pink in the kitchen.
The original kitchen blind had to be made to measure as the window is too wide for standard blinds, which meant that if I wanted a new blind I needed to get a made to measure one again, which was looking at around £100+ Inspired by Cover It Glam, I wondered if I could cover my current blinds in a new fabric as they were already the perfect size for the window – a few supplies ordered and I was ready to give it a go!
You will need:
- Old (or new) blind you want to cover (our original blind was from Blinds2Go)
- Hem tape – eBay Link
- New fabric – eBay Link
- Iron – Link
- Greaseproof paper
First thing I did was to lay the blind out flat on an empty surface.
I began at the top of the blind on the back where the velcro strip is and place a piece of hemming tape along the top edge.
I then folded the fabric over on top of the hemming tape, being careful not to cover too much of the velcro strip (alternatively, this can be covered and replaced with new velcro strip).
I then placed a piece of greaseproof paper over the top and put the iron over it for 20 seconds. The greaseproof paper is to prevent the fabric from being burnt.
Continue all the way along the top edge until it the full edge is bonded down with the tape.
TIP: Place something under the blind before starting to iron – I accidentally scorched a small part of my carpet doing this! I then put a flat piece of wood under the area I was working on.
I then flipped the blind over and put more hemming tape along the top edge, folded the fabric over and ironed over it.
The top now attached, I added more hemming tape halfway down the first pleat and repeated the ironing steps.
Continue adding hemming tape at half pleat intervals and ironing over the fabric to bond it in place – ensure you will the fabric tight before ironing.
Keep ironing rows of hemming tape right until the bottom of the blind.
Then flip the blind over so you can see the back. I hadn’t cut my fabric shorter until this point so I could see exactly where it would fall.
I trimmed the fabric leaving a small border all the way around the edge, thick enough to cover the hemming tape and a little extra so I could fold it over to create a neat edge.
I place a row of hemming tape along the visible old fabric on the back, then folded the new fabric slightly over to create a clean straight edge once ironed.
Finally, repeat the same along the two corners with the hemming tape.
Clip the blind up in place and you’re done!
Before and After.
So chuffed with how this turned out and for less than £15 in total! A little fiddly stretching the fabric straight at all times but fairly easy to do!
Happy re-covering 🙂
Lots of love
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