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 3: Calculate Fabric Quantity
    Printable Worksheet
    Printable Worksheet

    This tutorial is based on using one width of fabric to make a blind. Fabric is usually approx 137cm wide, so most blinds less than 127cm wide will only need one width of fabric (check your fabric width).

    The fabric panel is cut to the following size to make the blind:



    FABRIC QUANTITY REQUIRED (Plain Fabric)

    The PLAIN FABRIC required to make a single width roman blind is

    FABRIC CUT DROP + TRIMMING ALLOWANCE

    PRO TIP: Add at least an extra 6cm trimming allowance to the cut drop to ensure that the fabric can be cut square during the making process.

    PATTERNED FABRIC differs from PLAIN FABRIC as extra fabric is needed to take into account the placement of the pattern on the blind.

    Making a blind in PATTERNED FABRIC with NO JOINED WIDTHS will require the FABRIC CUT DROP plus ONE PATTERN REPEAT to place the pattern on the blind.

      EXTRA INSTRUCTIONS

    If you are covering a batten in fabric there may be enough excess fabric from offcuts if the blind is narrow. Otherwise you will need 30cm of fabric per width used for each batten.

    Note battens for blinds outside the recess are generally covered in fabric (as they can be seen), battens for blinds inside the recess are hidden so are usually covered in lining.

    FAQs

    There are 2 types of pattern repeat on a patterned fabric, Horizontal and Vertical. We are generally more interested in the vertical pattern repeat when making curtains and blinds and if only one pattern repeat is given by a manufacturer we would expect it to be the vertical one.

    VERTICAL PATTERN REPEAT

    The distance up or down the fabric, the pattern repeats itself.


    HORIZONTAL PATTERN REPEAT

    The distance across the fabric, the pattern repeats itself.

    Your Questions & Comments

    Tracy

    Hi, could you explain how I would work out how much fabric is needed if my blind is 191cm wide and 125cm drop. My pattern repeat is 37cm. I would like 2 seams (rather then 1 in the middle)as reading from your other messages this would look better. Thank you

    SewHelpful:

    The new tutorials are only covering single drops of fabric. We will be adding wide blind information. In the mean time If you look at the Lined or Interlined Roman blind tutorials there are links to the old tutorials that give you information on the wide blind calculations.

    Temp Link to old tutorial

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