How to make -
Blackout Roman Blind
WORKROOM METHOD
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BLIND SAFETY
Blind Safety

This website is viewed globally and at the last time of looking had been used by people from 136 different countries.

The instructions and videos on this website show you the traditional methods of making a roman blind. Many countries have introduced safety regulations with respect to child safety, to reduce the threat of injury or strangulation to young children from the cords of roman blinds.

It is your responsibilty to find out what the regulations are for your country and modify these instructions to make your blind compliant with those regulations

Examples of safety advice and rules used by some countries of the world are:

  • Do not place furniture or beds near windows where children can climb up and access the blind cords.
  • For roman blinds with rod pockets greater than 20cms apart at any point a breakaway device must be used on each cord.
  • The cleat must be 150cms from the floor and accumulate all/most of the cord – only a single cord of no more than 20cms can hang below the cleat.
  • The bottom loop of the chain or cord must be 150cms from the floor and secured with a safety device OR If the operating chain/cord has a breakaway device then the bottom loop of the cord/chain can be 60cms from the floor.
  • Some countries require that all the blind's components have been tested and certified when used together.

BLIND SAFETY
Blind Safety

This website is viewed globally and at the last time of looking had been used by people from 136 different countries.

The instructions and videos on this website show you the traditional methods of making a roman blind. Many countries have introduced safety regulations with respect to child safety, to reduce the threat of injury or strangulation to young children from the cords of roman blinds.

It is your responsibilty to find out what the regulations are for your country and modify these instructions to make your blind compliant with those regulations

Examples of safety advice and rules used by some countries of the world are:

  • Do not place furniture or beds near windows where children can climb up and access the blind cords.
  • For roman blinds with rod pockets greater than 20cms apart at any point a breakaway device must be used on each cord.
  • The cleat must be 150cms from the floor and accumulate all/most of the cord – only a single cord of no more than 20cms can hang below the cleat.
  • The bottom loop of the chain or cord must be 150cms from the floor and secured with a safety device OR If the operating chain/cord has a breakaway device then the bottom loop of the cord/chain can be 60cms from the floor.
  • Some countries require that all the blind's components have been tested and certified when used together.

  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 .
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WORKROOM TUTORIAL:

How to make a Blackout Roman Blind using blackout lining or a combined blackout interliner.

We make blackout roman blinds more than any other blind in the workroom because blackout :

  • Holds the shape of the blind well.
  • Reduces the light a blind lets into a room
  • Has better insulating properties than standard lining.
  • Helps protect the fabric from sun damage.
  • Stops the seams being visible when the blind is down in sunlight.

The tutorial is based on the method we use in our workroom. Your finished blind will

  • Show no stitch lines through to the face fabric.
  • Have no horizontal rod pocket/tape stitch lines through the blackout
  • Have blackout or combined blackout/interliner sandwiched between the fabric and lining.

The main concerns when making a roman blind with blackout lining are:

  • Minimise the number of stitches through the blackout to avoid the potential pinpricks of light that stitches can create.
  • Ensure the blackout is embedded tight to the edges of the blind, but flat and not puckered.

Making a Blackout Roman Blind
Making a Blackout Roman Blind

Tutorial Steps

We make the blackout roman blind using the following steps.

Each step is described in detail with demonstration videos also available.

           

        VIDEO INSTRUCTOR - Cindy Taylor

Owner of Dolman & Taylor specialist curtain and blind makers.

EXTRA INSTRUCTIONS

The base tutorial gives you the information for making a Blackout Roman Blind with

  1. Standard folds (lined up when blind in up position)
  2. Plain or Patterned Fabric
  3. A single width of fabric
  4. Headrail Kit
  5. 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


FAQs

ALL the written instructions on this website for this tutorial are FREE to use anytime. No need to sign up or give an email, (If you like what we do you can always join our newsletter though).

There are also 4 FREE videos to watch in STEPS 1 and 2.

What we charge for.

  1. There are a further 32 VIDEOS embedded in the tutorial where Cindy takes you step by step through the method, gives tips and shows you the techniques she uses in the workroom. Prices & details>>
  2. There is also a PRINTABLE WORKSHEET we have developed that contains all the written instructions plus worksheets to take your measurements and make calculations on. You receive this free to keep if you purchase a 3 month video passcode. Prices & details>>


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.