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 7: Join the Lining to the Fabric Panel
    Printable Worksheet
    Printable Worksheet

    PIN THE LINING TO THE FABRIC

    1. Put the fabric right side down onto the table.
    2. Smooth the fabric out then place the lining on top (lining right side up). There should be a 2cm margin of fabric down each side and along the bottom of the blind.
    3. Smooth the lining out and pin it in place so the rod pockets are the correct distance up from the bottom of the blind

    SLIP STITCH THE LINING TO THE FABRIC

    1. Slip stitch the lining to the fabric down each side and along the bottom. Stop/start the slip stitch just below the velcro of the header.
    Included in this video
    • Reinforcing at the rod pockets and lining corners.

    Your Questions & Comments

    Sarah

    Hi,

    Thank you for the tutorials, I'm finding them very helpful. I've got myself confused over the materials though, I bought some super soft blackout curtain liner from Terry's fabrics - is this just blackout, or the liner or both?

    Many thanks

    SewHelpful:

    The blackout lining and the lining are different. You will see the difference between the two in the videos.

    Anne

    Hi

    I have used thermal lining for my lining and put the rod pockets on the silver thermal side, which looks like it’s wrong????

    Can I have the rod pockets on the inside of the blind instead of on the topside....I know it’s not right but could it work.?

    Thanks

    SewHelpful:

    No idea its not a method we have tried or used in the workroom.

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