How to make -
Interlined 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
  • - 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 10: Insert Rods & Attach Rings

    CUT & INSERT THE RODS

    • Cut the fibreglass rods approx 0.5cm shorter than the rod pocket lengths.
    • Insert the fibreglass rods into the pocket using end caps if you have them.
    • Hand sew the ends of the rod pockets closed.

    PRO TIP: Put a pencil in the far end when pushing the rods through to stop the rod getting caught on the 2cm side turn of the lining inside the pocket.

    Included in this video
    • Best tool for cutting the rods.

    ATTACH RINGS & BREAKOUTS

    You will have established the position of the cords down the back of the blind previously in STEP 9 when working out your stab stitch positions. At each point where a cord crosses a rod pocket you will now need to sew on a ring or breakout. Whether you need to use a ring or breakout will depend on the headrail and child safety breakout system you are using, please refer to the instructions with your kit.

    If you are using rod pocket tape please see the extra instructions at the bottom of the page.

    • Hand sew the rings and/or breakouts in the correct positions
    Included in this video
    • Best thread to use.

      EXTRA INSTRUCTIONS


    After inserting a rod, fold the tape end under and hand stitch the last 2.5cm of the rod pocket tape to the lining.

    If you are using Rod Pocket Tape often you can use a loop on the tape rather than a ring and the breakouts supplied with your kit may clip to the tape rather than having to be sewn on.



    Your Questions & Comments

    Emma

    Hi, I purchased my blind cassette without instructions. I have been given breakout clips rather than rings with it (although I do have rings in my sewing box).

    My blind is 108cm long and only has 2 rod pockets. Can I attach breakouts to the upper and lower rods, or do I need to use rings on the upper rod and if so why?

    Your videos have been brilliant and I'm very pleased with how my blind is turning out - thank you.

    SewHelpful:

    We cant advise on safety systems as they are different. Can you google the kit and find their recommendations.

    Laura Constance

    if I allowed 5 cm for head rail allowance in step 2, what width should this batten be - 5cm exactly ? thank you

    SewHelpful:

    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.

    SewHelpful:

    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.

    SewHelpful:

    Have you got 44cm of fabric from the top of the blind down to the first rod?

    18cm +18cm +8cm headrail allowance = 44cm

    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

    SewHelpful:

    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.

    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?)

    SewHelpful:

    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?

    SewHelpful:

    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.

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