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 5: Make up the Lining
    Printable Worksheet
    Printable Worksheet

    CUT THE LINING

    1. Cut the lining to the LINING CUT WIDTH (finished width of blind)
    2. Check the 2 sides are cut straight and parallel
    3. Cut the bottom of the lining exactly square (6cm trimming allowance in Lining QTY for this)

    TURN IN SIDES & HEM

    • With the lining facing wrong side up fold each side in 2cm and press.
    • Fold the bottom of the lining up 2cm and press.
    • Mitre the lining in the 2 bottom corners and press.

    MAKE THE ROD POCKETS

    If you are using rod pocket tape please go the ROD POCKET tape instructions (bottom of page)

    MEASURE & SEW IN

    • Lay the lining panel right side facing up.
    • Measure up from the bottom of the lining panel the first rod pocket position on the "Blind" minus 2cm. Note the lining will be attached 2cm above the bottom of the blind, hence the need to measure minus 2cm.
    • With a straight edge mark a horizontal line between the rod pocket marks on each side of the lining. (measure this line at intervals across the blind and make sure it is square with the edge of the lining.)
    • On each side measure up the rod pocket allowance from the rod pocket line and again mark a second line across
    • You now have the first rod pocket marked ready for sewing.
    • Turn the lining over and pin the two horizontal rod pocket lines together so the wrong sides touch together. Then machine down the touching lines to form the rod pocket. After stitching press the pocket and check it is at a right angle to the side of the lining.
    • Measure up each side again from the bottom of the lining to the next rod pocket and repeat the process until all the rod pockets are sewn in.
    • Remember to allow for the 2cm at the bottom, eg if the rod pockets on the blind were at 12cm from the bottom of the blind, 36cm and 60cm. you would measure the rod pockets 10cm, 34cm and 58cm from the bottom of the lining panel.
    • ** Note it is important to mark and sew in each rod pocket one at a time and measure from the BOTTOM of the LINING panel to prevent compound errors.

    Included in this video
    • How to mark & pin the first rod pocket.
    Included in this video
    • How to machine stitch the first rod pocket.
    • How to mark and make the other rod pockets.

      EXTRA INSTRUCTIONS

    • Check you have enough tape for the number of rod pockets you intend to make.
    • Lay the lining panel right side facing up.
    • Measure up and mark from the bottom of the lining panel the "lining" rod pocket positions calculated in STEP 2 (blind rod pocket positions -2cm). Note the lining will be attached 2cm above the bottom of the blind, hence the positions on the lining are 2cm less than those on the blind.
    • With a straight edge mark a horizontal line between the rod pocket marks on each side of the lining. (make sure it is square with the edge of the lining.)
    • Cut the roman blind tape to the width of the blind. (lining width plus 4cm)
    • Lay the top of the tape along the line, fabric loops facing up, plain side down. Note some tapes may be sew along the bottom (tape above the line) rather than sew along the top (tape below the line) in the example we show. Check your instructions.
    • Fold 2cm of tape under to close the end and machine stitch the top of the tape to the lining along each marked line stopping 2.5cm before the other side.

    • Tip: tacking the tape on first may help you when sewing it on if you are a beginner (see video).

    FAQs

    Yes it does matter, we would throw it away and start again in the workroom. Cutting a lining panel with straight parallel sides and a straight square bottom, is crucial for making a well made roman blind. If you don't get this bit right you will find ..........

    We never use tape in the workroom, as we believe pockets made from the lining and sewn on brass rings give a far more professional finish. We also think it is easier to neatly sew a rod pocket than sew the tape on.

    On the plus side for tape, it does reduce the work later as you can use the tape fabric loops rather than sew rings on to guide the cords and clip safety breakouts on rather than sew them on.

    Of course if you have a kit where the safety breakouts are clipped on you will have to use the tape provided.

    Your Questions & Comments

    Carol

    Hi,

    Thank you for these wonderful tutorials, calculators and videos. I am a novice sewer but hope with the help of your well structured and fully comprehensive guide throughout each individual step, I’ll have the confidence to successfully complete a Roman Blind.

    I have searched online for Cotton Rich lining 200g/m2 without success can you share where you buy yours, please?

    SewHelpful:

    We buy wholesale trade only. Maybe try John Lewis or Merrick and Day.

    Lisa Miele

    What is that you are hanging your blind from and where can i get one?

    SewHelpful:

    Its a Gorilla Light Stand

    Erica West-Padgett

    Where did you get your set square from

    SewHelpful:

    Try Merrick and Day, Amazon or Ebay. "Metric Graders Set Square"

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