Make your own Swedish roller blind!

Made these for the sitting room, and they were actually easy-ish to make… The style was popular in Swedish homes from the 18th century, and I think they suit my mix of old and new.



You will need:
-Piece of fabric that covers the window plus extra for folding an edge around and at top and bottom
-2 leather straps and curtain rings that fit onto them (they would have been glass originally, but metal ones would look nice. I only had plastic but that still looks fine).
-piece of edging strip or similar for the top of the blind
-a round wooden stick to roll the fabric onto
-string (the strong, thin kind used for roman blinds). Measure the height of the window and multiply it by 6 to give you an idea of how long it needs to be.
-a cleat to tie the string to when the blind is rolled up
-screws, screwdriver, drill, and the famous staple gun I love to use…

I made my two over a couple of evenings, so it doesn’t take that long but it is a bit fiddly if you’re new to DIY… This is how you do it:

-Hem the side edges of the fabric, remembering to fold in the raw edge of the fabric as the back will show when the blind is rolled up. No need to hem top and bottom.
-Roll a little of the bottom of the fabric onto the round timber piece and staple in place.

-Now make two holes in the timber you are using at the top to help you later when you are attaching the blind to your window frame. The holes should be where you want your string, about a quarter of the distance from the edges. Tie the edge of the string around the timber close to the hole. Do this for both sides and secure with a staple.
Fold the fabric over the top of the timber, and either secure it with staples (if you are not going to want to wash the curtains very often), or just a couple of invisible pins like I did. Securing them only with pins had the added benefit of being easy to adjust when you fix the blind to the wall. Remember, if you accidentally don’t have a perfect 90 degree angle at the top corners the blind will be wonky, but that is easy to adjust if you have a nice patient helper to hold it up whilst you adjust the pins (a miserable husband will do to).

-Thread the ring onto the leather straps, if you make them a bit shorter than mine they shouldn’t pull towards the middle so much. By the way I punched holes in the leather to help the screw go through. Now attach to the window frame or wall, checking that everything is nice and straight.

-Thread the string. Starting from the back at the top where you tied it, running down, up the front, through the ring (and through the other ring for the far side) and down to the cleat.
-First few times you will need to help it along to roll tightly, but it will be easier when the fabric “gets used to it”.
Good luck!!


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5 thoughts on “Make your own Swedish roller blind!

  1. Very pretty – and with (kind of) easy instructions too for us readers to follow! I like the seams (or what they are) that run the length of the fabric….. Out of curiosity – do you have a contrasting backing fabric? Hard to see on the picture… Husband should be grateful for craft skills of wife! 🙂

    • Åsa Stace

      Thanks:) I didn’t use backing/lining, but I did make really wide side hems which came out quite nice. Also the fabric I used came from some old ikea curtains and they have thicker threads going through like stripes.

    • Åsa Stace

      PS. Agreed about husband;)

  2. Hey Asa, I’m trying to decide whether to make Swedish vs Roman blinds. I like the simplicity of the Swedish but what’s it like to roll up everyday? Would you mind sharing your experience on that? Thanks! ~Eline

    • Åsa

      Hi Eline, You are absolutely right, it is a little fiddly to pull them up and down. I made a small one for my daughters room and I don’t mind pulling that up every day, but the big ones in the picture I only close once or twice a week. Go for Roman if you want to close them every day or you might get a bit tired of it I think… Good luck, Åsa

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