How to make -
Interlined Roman Blind
Traditional Rod Pockets
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
  • - Interlining
  • - Thread
  • - Velcro Loop Tape
  • - Cord
  • - Rods
  • - Bottom Bar
  • - Rings
  • Tools
  • - Sewing Machine
  • - Tape Measure
  • - Needles
  • - Scissors
  • - Set Square
  • - Straight Edge
  • - Invisible Marker
  • Options
  • - Wooden Batten
  • - Velcro Hook Tape
  • - Screw Eyes
  • - Acorn
  • - Cleat Hook
  • - Cord
  • - Staple Gun
  • or
  • - Headrail Kit
  • - Hacksaw
  • Watch the videos for full step by step tution of the instructions and expert tips from the workshop

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    Step 10: Make Headrail Batten

    TRADITIONAL WOODEN BATTEN - PULL CORD

    • Cut the wooden batten 1cm shorter than the finished width of the blind.
    • Cover the batten with lining or fabric depending on whether the batten will be seen when the blind is mounted and fix with staples.
    • Attach the adhesive hook tape (velcro) to the front of the batten along it's whole length. Also staple the tape on for extra strength.
    • Screw the brass eyelets into the base of the batten.
      • One at the end you wish to pull the blind cord from.
      • One direclty in line with each column of rings attached to the rod pockets of the blind.
    More Info >>
    EXTRA HELP VIDEOS
    Interlined Roman Blind Tutorial
    14 videos
    1hr 39min
    We'll show you
    • - How we make them in the workshop
    • - How to get a professional finish
    • - How to get your blind square
    • - Expert tips and techniques
    • - All the stitches with close ups
    • - How to avoid mistakes

    METAL BATTEN - CHAIN LINK (Blind Kit)

    • Cut the metal batten 1cm shorter than the finished width of the blind.
    • Adjust the cord drops to line up with the columns of rings on the back of the blind.

    Extra Help & Comments

    laura constance
    if I allowed 5 cm for head rail allowance in step 2, what width should this batten be - 5cm exactly ? thank you
    Sew Helpful
    No the headrail allowance takes into account not only the depth of the batten but also the eyelets underneath so there is enough room for the blind to pull up under the batten. That is why 1.5 times the depth of the batten is recommended with a minimum of 5cm. If you use a batten 5cm deep the blind would not pull all the way up.
    laura constance
    can you advise on exact dimensions of the headrail batten, i made an allowance of 5 cm in step 2. thank you.
    Sew Helpful
    The wooden head rail batten we use in the workshop is 18mm by 34mm. If have only used 5cm as a head rail allowance I would use the 18mm face to attach the Velcro (hook tape) to, to make sure you have enough room for the blind to Pull up under the headrail.
    laura constance
    Thank you ! I was wrong actually as i see my headrail allowance was 8cm, so i guess a wider head rail will work.( 5?) I am now a bit confused as seem to have an awful lot of fabric left above my last rod. ( FBD 170, 4 rods, folds of 18cm, top one of 26.) this was done with your calculator. I will measure exactly tomorrow as am not in my work space now.
    Sew Helpful
    Have you got 44cm of fabric from the top of the blind down to the first rod?

    18cm +18cm +8cm headrail allowance = 44cm
    laura
    Yes , just over 44cm, and i could make the Final drop a couple cms longer, so i guess thats all ok ?
    fiona
    I am about to sew the velcro onto the heading of my Roman blind..would you recommend a particular width of velcro? My blind is 180cm drop and I am wondering if my 2cm wide velcro is adequate or should it be wider? Thank you
    Sew Helpful
    The standard tape width is about 25mm and that is what the hook velcro will be on the rail. We have made all sizes of blind using 25mm in the past and it has been fine. That is what our tutorial and videos are based on.

    More recently in the workshop we have switched to a 50mm wide hook velcro on most of our blinds as it helps with positioning the blind and gives the heading a little more stability. We will be including information about that in our new improved tutorials and videos we are making now.
    fiona
    That's great. Thank you for your reply. This web site really is very helpful!
    CA
    Is there any need to line the batten if it can't be seen inside or out? (Will the velcro stick directly to the wood?)
    Sew Helpful
    You do not need to cover the batten with lining to make the blind work, it just makes it look neater and more professional. Some people paint the batten to make it match the surroundings. If you choose to not cover it, it will still work fine. We staple the velcro as well as stick it to make sure it holds.
    Tania Pearson
    I have a blind kit with rotary chain system. Do I need to cut this down to be 1cm shorter than my blind width? If so, why is this?
    Sew Helpful

    You don't have to. The only reason we cut them 1cm shorter is to ensure each end is covered and it gives you a little bit of lateral adjustment when hanging.

    Tania Pearson
    Excellent, thank you.

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