VIDEO INSTRUCTOR   Cindy Taylor Cindy is the owner of Dolman & Taylor specialist curtain and blind makers. She has over 15 years of experience, curtain making, blind making, working with fabrics and making soft furnishings. In the videos she clearly explains and demonstrates the methods and techniques used in her workroom .
There are 2 options for making the headrail of the blind. A chain pull metal headrail or a traditional wooden batten with acorn and cleat. We advise using a metal headrail kit that is child safety compliant.
The base tutorial gives you the information for making a Blackout Roman Blind with
Standard folds (lined up when blind in up position)
Plain or Patterned Fabric
A single width of fabric
Traditional Rod pockets made from the lining
We have added extra information in colour coded drop downs at the bottom of the appropriate tutorial pages for the following variations.
To make a blind with rod pocket tape rather than forming traditional rod pockets from the lining. You will find extra instructions at the bottom of the following STEPS.
STEP 4 CALCULATING LINING QTY: Slightly less lining will be required as no lining is needed to form the rod pockets
STEP 5 MAKE UP THE LINING: Sew the tape to the lining rather than form pockets from the lining
STEP 9 INSERT RODS & ATTACH RINGS: The rods are inserted differently & there are usually loops on the tape that make the attachment of rings and breakouts different.
STEP 11 STRINGING & HANGING: with some tapes you thread through fabric loops on the tape rather than rings.
To make a blind with a traditional wooden batten with acorn and cleat rather than use a metal chain pull headrail. You will find extra instructions at the bottom of the following STEPS.
STEP 3 CALCULATE FABRIC QTY: If you are covering the batten with the face fabric you will need to ensure this is included in the fabric quantity.
STEP 10 CUT THE HEADRAIL: Make a wooden batten rather than use a headrail.
STEP 11 STRINGING & HANGING: The stringing of the blind is slightly different to a headrail.
To make a cascading blind the rod pockets are positioned differently to a standard folds blind to create the cascade effect. The making process is the same. You will find extra instructions at the bottom of the following STEP.
STEP 2 CALCULATE THE BLIND DIMENSIONS: Use our FREE online Cascading blind folds calculator to calculate the positions of the rod pockets to create the desired cascade. CASCADING BLIND CALCULATOR
To make a blind with a bottom flap when in the up position, the rod pockets are positioned differently to a standard folds blind. The making process is the same. You will find extra instructions at the bottom of the following STEP.
STEP 2 CALCULATE THE BLIND DIMENSIONS: Use our FREE online Cascading blind folds calculator to calculate the positions of the rod pockets to create the flap. CASCADING BLIND CALCULATOR
"Great tutorials, so easy to follow your step by step instructions!!. Thank you"........... Pauline
"Once again, I should say that I think the video tutorials are extremely well done. Although I've been sewing for years I've learnt lots of techniques that are new to me and that give a much more professional finish"........ Heather
"Thank you for your excellent instructions and videos. I've just hung my blind and am delighted with it. Having bought some beautiful and very expensive fabric I didn't want to have rows of stitches across it (the method I've used before machine stitches channels for the rods through both layers of fabric). With your method my blind looks like a piece of art, with not one visible stitch."......... Cecily
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We insert the blackout into the blind between the fabric and the lining. Whether you could add blackout to an already made blind using our method would depend on how the blind was made before. Also with the amount of work involved it would probably be easier just to make a new blackout blind.
Yes they are the different names for the same thing. A blackout lining with a fleece interlining bonded on the back.