How to make -
Blackout Roman Blind
WORKROOM METHOD
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.

Questions & Comments

Val

Hi,

The measurements for my roman blind (recessed) are 1775mm for the width and the drop is 1158mm. I am therefore wondering how much fabric i would require as the blind is wider than the fabric - this is 137 cm wide with a fabric repeat of 32cm.

Thanks for the fantastic tips, you make it so much clearer than any other videos i have watched.

Many thanks

SewHelpful:  

We haven't written the extra instructions for wide blinds yet. The fabric calculator HERE though does make the calculation for you. As you are using a patterned fabric you will need an adjusted cut drop (calculator will tell you), so you can join the pattern on the fabric panels. We never join the fabric down the middle of the blind, we always have a central width and join equal amounts to each side.

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