Hi, I am still planning my blind. I have some lovely material from Laura Ashley which shut in the Uk, villandry upholstery ribbed velvet. I want to make a wider than the window blind, perhaps about 20cm wider than the window and have got my blackout material. I have found a fabric which I want to use either side of my velvet which doesn’t really matter as I have large silk curtains as well which will mostly hide the fabric difference. I am concerned that the blind may not hang if I use two different fabrics (the main large middle
Panel and side add one to get the width I need). Also would there be a danger in the blind ever coming back from the dry cleaners warped if I use different fabrics. Lastly, is a cascading blind much harder to make than Roman (I still have to read instructions as my washing machine broke this week and am behind on everything!). I’m on a mobile so can’t upload my fabric images.
So, you have a whole bunch of questions here that I will try and address for you….
- Will the blind hang correctly with 2 different fabric types? It should do if all your rod pockets, cutting and joining etc. are accurate.
- Dry cleaning? I never dry clean curtains and especially not blinds. All fabrics and linings will shrink at a different rate and it will not hang correctly again.
- Cascade blinds? No difference in the make up process, just different calculations for rod pocket calculations.
Good luck with your project
Hi Cindy, thank you so much for such in-depth instructions. This is my first time making a blackout blind. The finished blind for my daughter's nursery looks great except that when I come to draw it up it sags in the middle and doesn't fold well. I'm using a wooden batten, rod pocket tape and string as usual. I've checked the string tension is even and also tried thicker string but this has made no difference. Any ideas what I'm doing wrong?
Hmmmm Joanne…This is a tricky one as it’s only the first fold that isn’t right implying that it is not a cord tension issue. Couple of potential issue…
Maybe needs extra stab stitches across the width. How many cords have you used, if only 2 then you need a third in the middle as well.
Are all your rod pockets perfectly straight and at right angles?
Have you used rods?
I would go for more stabs - see if that helps.
Let us know how you get on.
Thank you for the tips! It turns out I'd completely missed out the stab stitch stage (I'm blaming baby brain) and the blind is now folding up very neatly having rectified the situation.
Thanks again for fab instructions!
Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have just made my first Roman blind ever with blackout. Everything went perfectly. I am a complete novice, yet my end result looks so professional (if I don’t say myself). Over the moon. Now about to make 4 more. Lets hope it wasn’t beginners luck. Your videos and instructions were so easy to follow. Thank you again. X
Hi Emma. So pleased to hear and that is exactly what we wanted- for sewers of all levels to be able to make professional furnishings for their home.
Please send us a pic as we live to see your names.
Keep sewing and good luck with your next projects.
Many companies sell two winder options for their Roman Blind Headrails. Either 1:1 or 1:4
It is difficult to tell the weight of the fabric until it is made up and on the headrail!
Do you have any guide for working out which weight you should use for what winder?
Thank you for all your help
I tend to use 1:4 ratio on most of my blinds. The 1:1 is suitable for smaller, lined blinds but anything interlined and over 90cm wide, I’d go for 1:4
I am a reasonably competent dress maker and have made roman blinds before. I wanted to make some blackout blinds and so was wondering whether or not it would be worth buying the video tutorial. I cannot tell you how pleased I am that I did! Your written instructions are good, but being able to watch (and re-watch where needed!) each step was invaluable. The blind I have made looks really professional, hangs beautifully and lets in very little light, which is just what I wanted. Thank you.
The stand that you use for stringing and testing the blinds is a very useful piece of equipment. Could you tell me where i could buy one from please.
A pair of brackets HERE a bit cheaper.
Hi, Surely if you are stab stitching through all layers on the blind, there will be small holes in the blackout and light will show through all of these.
Yes, there will be pinpricks of light at the stab stitches (you have to join the layers together though so you cant avoid this). There will also be light seepage around the edges of the blind as well.