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 11: String & Hang

    PULL CORD SYSTEM

    • Fix the batten into place using screws or brackets if necessary.
    • Cut a length of cord for each column of rings approximately twice the length of the blind plus the blind width.)
    • Tie a cord to each bottom ring and thread up through the rings, through the eyelet of the batten directly above and then across through the eyelets along the batten to side the blind will be pulled from.
    • See Diagram
    • Press the (velcro) blind loop fastening to the batten hook fastening to hold the blind in place.
    • The cords will now be hanging down to the side of the blind and of varying lengths.
    • Thread the Acorn onto the cords, pull the cords taught and then knot them off so the acorn is now held in place. Trim the loose ends. (check if there is any applicable child safety legislation in your country, for example some rules may require an unknotted acorn that breaks open under pressure breaking any cord loops.)
    • Fix a cleat at a convienient height at the side of the window. (check if there is any applicable child safety legislation in your country, for example some rules require that 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.)
    • Pull the blind up and secure in place by winding the cord around the cleat.
    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

    CHAIN LINK SYSTEM

    • Fix the batten into place using screws or brackets if necessary.
    • Unwind the cord from the cord spools, so the cords hang down.
    • Thread each cord down through the appropriate column of rings on the back of the blind and secure the cord to the bottom ring with an adjustable toggle.
    • Fix the blind in place by pressing the (velcro) blind loop fastening to the batten hook fastening.
    • Wind the blind up with the chain link to take up the slack.
    • Just as the blind starts to pull, Stop.
    • Check all the cords on the back are pulled taught. If not adjust the toggles so they are taught and even.
    • Trim off any excess cord
    • With regard to the chain loop hanging down check if there is any applicable child safety legislation in your country. (for example some rules require that 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.)
    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

    Extra Help & Comments

    Viv
    What a fantastic tutorial. Thank you. Could you advise best way of joining interlining? My middle blind is 156 wide and covering three window panes (part of a bay. So 3 blinds in all) so will need to join the interfacing, maybe slightly overlap or butt up and carefully herringbone in together?
    Sew Helpful
    Good question, we'll add some info to the tutorial.

    First of all, if the drop of the blind is less than 130cm, use it sideways to avoid having to join it.

    Otherwise to join the interlining:
    1. Overlap the interlining with a flat overlap seam of approx 1.5cm.
    2. Then either herringbone stitch together by hand or straight machine stitch them together (that's what we do).
    3. If machine stitching it's really important to keep the interlining seam taut as it goes through the machine(pull both panels tight). Otherwise the feed dogs on the machine send the bottom interlining through at a different rate to the top interlining, this scrunches up the bottom interlining up making it puckered and it comes up significantly shorter than the top piece when you get to the end of the seam.
    Its worth having a quick practice on some offcuts first. Also a walking foot on your machine helps to avoid this problem.
    CM
    Thank you so much for your excellent tutorial, I have now made 4 blinds for my home following your super clear tutorial, it really gave me the confidence to have a go at sewing again after a couple of years break, thank you again!
    Elizabeth
    The batten (chain link system) you say should be cut 1cm less than the blind width. Just checking how you then attach the blind - does it overhang each side by .5cm?
    thanks
    Sew Helpful
    Yes. This makes it easier to finely sideways adjust the position of the blind without exposing any of the Velcro on the batten (Otherwise you would have to move the batten).This sideways adjustment is particularly necessary when trying to get the blind in the right position in a recess.  
    Jean Bates
    What size screw eyes do I buy for wooden batten style roman blinds? I seem to have a choice of 38mm or 43mm.
    Sew Helpful
    I see you've found the answer in STEP 10 Comments of the lined blind tutorial
    sharon
    Brilliant Tutorial. Thank you so much
    Sarah
    Brilliant tutorial, thankyou.

    On the safety side, you mentioned if any rod pockets are more than 20cm apart you need a cord breakaway. Could explain this for me please I'm not quite sure what a cord breakaway is. Thankyou
    Sew Helpful
    Hi Sarah

    Generally nowadays in the UK the best way to comply with safety regs is buy a compliant Headrail kit supplied with the approriate breakout system on the back.

    Some information on the UK regs may be found here.

    http://www.evans-textiles.com/child-safe-blinds/child-safe-blinds/

    http://www.merrick-day.com/acatalog/EN1320-draft.pdf

    http://www.makeitsafe.org.uk

    https://bbsa.org.uk/trade/child-safety-2

    http://www.rospa.com/campaigns-fundraising/current/blind-cord/ 

    Christopher Turner
    Can't print from an iPad. Only get one page which is blank, all but bottom line. How can I print the tutorial?
    Sew Helpful
    Due to the website's design you will need to disable javascript in your browser to be able to print from it.
    Printing
    Great tutorial - I have followed the instructions as above and disabled javascript but still get as described blank page do you have any other advise?

    Thank you

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