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
  • Step 4: Calculate Lining & Interlining Quantities

    To calculate the amount of lining required to make an interlined blind again we need to establish the Cut Width and Cut Drop of the lining which are slightly different to the fabric:

    LINING CUT WIDTH

    The lining is narrower than the fabric and the Cut Width is equal to the Finished Width of the blind.

    • Cut Width (lining) = Finished Width of blind

    LINING CUT DROP

    The lining is longer than the fabric though due to the rod pockets. To calculate the cut drop of the lining add a 5cm heading allowance, a 2cm hem allowance and an allowance* for each rod pocket to the finished blind length.

    (*The rod pocket allowance is the circumference of the rod plus 1cm, our fibre glass rods require a 2.5cm allowance.)

    • Lining Cut Drop = Finished Blind Length + 5cm heading allwnce + 2cm hem allwnce + (2.5cm*) per rod pocket

    LINING QUANTITY REQUIRED

    The calculation for the amount of lining required to make an interlined blind is

    • Multiply the "Number of fabric widths" by Cut Drop (for lining).

    INTERLINING QUANTITY REQUIRED

    The amount of interlining required is the same as the calculation for plain fabric.

    Your Questions & Comments

    Cecilia

    Is there no headrail allowance for the lining drop, only heading?

    SewHelpful:

    Correct "Headrail allowance" has nothing to do with the cut length of lining or fabric.

    Cecilia

    Can I make sure I have got this right? The total length of the cut fabric should be [the height of the area to be filled] + [an allowance for the space taken up by the pulled-up pleats and batten ie "headrail"] + [an allowance for finishing at the top ie "heading"] + bottom hem allowance.

    SewHelpful:

    No that sounds wrong.

    The headrail allowance is nothing to do with the cut length of fabric or lining. It is used to determine the rod pocket positions and consequently where the folds form when the blind is pulled up.


    The cut length of the fabric is as stated in the previous STEP, STEP 3.


    Cecilia

    Thank you so much for your quick reply. So stupid of me.

    Lisa

    Do I need to have an allowance for rods if using rod pocket tape

    SewHelpful:

    No because you would be sewing the tape onto flat lining and not forming any rod pockets with the lining.

    Wendy

    Am I right in thinking that the cut drop lining measurement is different for interlined blinds i.e drop + 7cm for interlined but drop + (5+9cm)for lined (not inc. rod pocket allowance?

    SewHelpful:

    Yes the hems of the linings are different. The interlined blind only has a 2cm hem allowance and the lined blind has a 9cm hem allowance. If you read through both tutorials you will see how the hems are constructed differently.

    Jean

    Thinking of a 3m. wide roman blind should the joins on the interlining fabric correspond with the fabric seam lines?

    SewHelpful:

    We don't necessarily line the seams up. A 3m blind is quite an undertaking you will have to be very accurate getting it straight and square as any errors are amplified. Also an interlined 3m blind will be heavy you will need a geared mechanism to lift it, we would not make one with a wooden batten.

    Lorna

    Hi, I just want to say that your tutorials are great, I have bought the videos for blind making, there is just a couple of questions.

    1) if the rod channels are 2.5cms once folded, why does it say I add 2.5cms x number of rods, if the rod channels are 2.5cms when folded, would I not add 5cms per rod used ? Sorry if that is a stupid question.

    2) I can't find anywhere on the videos that shows how you attach the rod pockets across the width of the blind. Thanks for any help

    SewHelpful:

    1. We are not sure where you are getting the 2.5cm once folded from. The pockets will be 1.25cm deep once folded in our case.

    2. Not sure if you are talking about rod pocket tape here or stab stitching. The tutorial is for a blind made with traditional rod pockets made from the lining not with rod pocket tape. hence no video for that. (there is some info about using tape in the lined blind tutorial). If you are asking about how we attach the lining across the width of the rod pocket to the blind that is done in the second part of STEP 8 with STAB STITCHES.

    Joanne

    Apologies, am getting confused working out the drop for the interlining for an interlined blind. My drop is 96cm, so for the fabric this works out at 110 (96 + 5 + 9), lining 103 (96 + 5 + 2), interlining the tutorial says same as for plain fabric so can I confirm with you that this is 110 again (96 + 5 + 9) this seems too much. I would have thought a more similar length to the lining than the fabric?

    SewHelpful:

    You haven't included any lining for integral rod pockets (are you using tape?). This may well make the lining cut drop longer than the plain fabric cut drop.

    The instructions are correct we estimate the amount of intelining required as the same as the cut drop for plain fabric. There is trimming down in the make up process.

    Pauline

    I am considering interlining my blinds however I didnt know whether to use the Bonded twill lining & Interlining. Have you used this or would it be too stiff for each fold?

    SewHelpful:

    We have written a blog article about interlinings in our blog  

    https://www.sew-helpful.com/blog32-guide-to-interlining.php

    We almost always use sarille in roman blinds.

    Yasmine Brassington

    Hello

    Please can you recommend a weight of Sarille for interlining. I bought bump but it looks far too think.

    SewHelpful:

    We made a short guide on interlinings in our Blog .  INTERLINING GUIDE

    The weight we use depends on the weight of the fabric and what look and feel we are going for so it varies. We don't tend to use really heavy interlinings in blinds though. A light Sarille is usually a good choice in blinds. 

    Nicky

    I am thinking of using black out lining to make blinds for my daughters room. Some samples i have got are very stiff. Do you have any recommendations regarding black out lining, weight etc? Thanks

    SewHelpful:

    They are generally a bit rubbery, our blackout lining comes from a wholesaler which we buy per roll, it's called a supreme soft blackout, I'm afraid there is no weight information.

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