How to make -
Blackout Roman Blind
WORKROOM METHOD
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.

Step 10: Insert Rods & Attach Rings
Printable Worksheet
Printable Worksheet

CUT & INSERT THE RODS

  • Cut the fibreglass rods approx 0.5cm shorter than the rod pocket lengths.
  • Insert the fibreglass rods into the pocket using end caps if you have them.
  • Hand sew the ends of the rod pockets closed.

PRO TIP: Put a pencil in the far end when pushing the rods through to stop the rod getting caught on the 2cm side turn of the lining inside the pocket.

Included in this video
  • Best tool for cutting the rods.

ATTACH RINGS & BREAKOUTS

You will have established the position of the cords down the back of the blind previously in STEP 9 when working out your stab stitch positions. At each point where a cord crosses a rod pocket you will now need to sew on a ring or breakout. Whether you need to use a ring or breakout will depend on the headrail and child safety breakout system you are using, please refer to the instructions with your kit.

If you are using rod pocket tape please see the extra instructions at the bottom of the page.

  • Hand sew the rings and/or breakouts in the correct positions
Included in this video
  • Best thread to use.

  EXTRA INSTRUCTIONS


After inserting a rod, fold the tape end under and hand stitch the last 2.5cm of the rod pocket tape to the lining.

If you are using Rod Pocket Tape often you can use a loop on the tape rather than a ring and the breakouts supplied with your kit may clip to the tape rather than having to be sewn on.



Questions & Comments

Cheryl

Can I please ask what the function of a break out is and why you would use one instead of a ring?

Kind thanks

SewHelpful:  

Hi Cheryl

Since EU rules came in several years ago for child safety, all mechanisms should come with the appropriate child safety features.


The break outs on the bottom rows will do exactly that (break out) if a child were to get their head caught in the cords. Rings would not do this.


Kind regards


Cindy 

Cheryl

Thank you Cindy that’s really important to know my kit doesn’t come with them so I’ll look on line for these!

Thank you!

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