Choosing fabrics which don't necessarily fit their intended purpose is one of my fortes. When looking for a cotton fabric to make a kitchen blind I must be honest and say that it was the pattern and colours that attracted me to this Camelot Quilting Cotton


The blind I wanted to make, although fully functioning, would not in real life be taken up and down very often. I think you can see from the view out of the window that we are not overlooked - only by sheep - so it did not need to serve as a screen. With this in mind choosing fabric really meant that it was all about the pattern.

Our kitchen units are grey and our cooker is cream so the fabric was perfect. We are currently building a house so the kitchen is only just functional. Grey and mustard are a current colour obsession of mine so the fabric was just right.

I used lining from Minerva to make the back. I followed a pattern in the great British Sewing Bee book from the first series. May martin is on the cover and Patrick is sporting a moustache! It calls for roman blind cord, rings and velcro to attach it to the baton in the window.

The first tip on making blinds is always to square up the fabric before you start especially with strong prints. You don't want the pattern to run out of line when the clear lines are revealed as you pull it up.

This blind has 4 rows of cord to ensure that it doesn't sag in the middle. 

Blinds take a while to settle down and find their creases but this weight of cotton fabric was fine in a week.  

It is a wonderful addition to our kitchen and there was not a scrap left over! Excuse my dirty windows, we are still building...

Don't be afraid to use different fabrics for roman blinds. If you make them well with a good quality lining you can really choose whatever you want. 

The blinds compliment the overall kitchen and I am really pleased with them. The learning curve to make them far outweighed the cost of buying them.

Thanks Minerva for a great fabric.