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.

Materials
  • - Fabric
  • - Lining
  • - Blackout Lining or
  •   Blackout Interlining
  • - Thread
  • - Velcro Loop Tape
  • - Buckram (optional)
  • - Rods
  • - Bottom Bar
  • - Rings or Breakouts
  • Tools
  • - Sewing Machine
  • - Tape Measure
  • - Needles
  • - Scissors
  • - Set Square
  • - Straight Edge
  • - Invisible Marker
  • Headrail
  • - Wooden Batten
  • - Velcro Hook Tape
  • - Screw Eyes
  • - Acorn
  • - Cleat Hook
  • - Cord
  • - Staple Gun
  • or
  • - Headrail Kit
  • - Hacksaw
  • Step 11: String & Hang
    Printable Worksheet
    Printable Worksheet

    METAL HEADRAIL

    • Fix the headrail into place.
    • Unwind all the cord from the cord spools, so the cords hang down.
    • Thread each cord down through the appropriate column of rings on the back of the blind and secure the cord to the bottom ring/breakout with an adjustable toggle. Check if there is any applicable child safety legislation in your country. Make sure you string your blind in accordance with the legislation and the instructions in your kit.
    • Fix the blind in place by pressing the (velcro) blind loop fastening to the headrail hook fastening.
    • Wind the blind up with the chain.
    • Just as the blind starts to pull up, stop.
    • Check all the cords on the back are pulled taught. If not adjust the toggles so they are taught and the blind is level.
    • Trim off any excess cord below the toggles (leave approx 10cm)
    • With regard to the chain loop hanging down. Check if there is any applicable child safety legislation in your country. Make sure your chain is fitted in accordance with the legislation and the instructions in your kit.

      EXTRA INSTRUCTIONS

    • Fix the batten into place using screws or brackets if necessary.
    • Cut a length of cord for each column of rings approximately twice the length of the blind plus the blind width.
    • Attach a cord to each bottom ring/breakout and thread up through the rings/breakouts, through the eyelet of the batten directly above and then across through the eyelets along the batten to the side the blind will be pulled from. Check if there is any applicable child safety legislation in your country. Make sure you string your blind in accordance with the legislation and the instructions in your kit.
    • Press the (velcro) blind loop fastening to the batten hook fastening to hold the blind in place.
    • The cords will now be hanging down to the side of the blind and of varying lengths.
    • Attach an acorn to the cords. Trim the loose ends. (check if there is any applicable child safety legislation in your country, for example some rules may require an unknotted acorn that releases cord under pressure breaking any cord loops, a break away tassel may also be required further up to from which a single cord hangs.)
    • Fix a cleat at a convienient height at the side of the window. (check if there is any applicable child safety legislation in your country, for example some rules require that 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.)
    • Pull the blind up and secure in place by winding the cord around the cleat.

    If you have used rod pocket tape rather than make traditional rod pockets, you may be threading the cords through the fabric loops on the tape rather than brass rings.

    Your Questions & Comments

    Valerie

    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.

    Angela

    Hi, Cindy

    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.

    SewHelpful:

    It's a "Gorilla Lighting Stand"



    Kath

    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.

    SewHelpful:

    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.

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