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

    Video User Comments

    I love your videos they have given me the confidence to make my own curtains and blinds....Julie

    Your videos are so good, thank you…..Alex

    Once again, I should say that I think the video tutorials are extremely well done. Although I've been sewing for years I've learnt lots of techniques that are new to me and that give a much more professional finish........Heather

    Thank you for such brilliant tutorials and videos....... ....Barbara

    I have absolutely loved your videos for curtain making, I have learnt so much from you….Charlotte

    Step 5: Make up the Lining

    CUT LINING DROP(S)

    Cut the lining to the length of the "lining cut drop" calculated in step 4.

    • Lining Cut Drop = Finished Blind Length + 5cm heading allwnce + 2cm hem allwnce + allowance per rod pocket

    Take care to cut the lining straight and square across the bottom.

    JOINING LINING PANELS (if required)

    Join the lining widths with a plain seam.

    • Press the seams open (No Steam)
    • Check the bottom of the panels are straight, if not trim.

    See our BASICS   tutorial section for extra info on how to join lining with a plain seam.

    CUT TO SIZE

    Cut the lining panel so its width is the same as the finished width 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

    TURN IN SIDES & HEM

    • With the lining facing wrong side up fold each side in 2cm and press.
    • Check the lining is square and the sides are at true right angles.
    • Fold the bottom of the lining up 2cm and press.
    • Mitre the lining in the 2 bottom corners and press.
    • Check again the lining panel has right angled corners.
    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

    MAKE ROD POCKETS

    *Note: Do not measure the next rod pocket position until the previous rod pocket is sewn in.

    MEASURING

    • Measure up from the bottom of the lining panel the fold depth calculated in Step 2 minus 2cm. This marks the first rod pocket. Note the lining will be attached 2cm above the bottom of the blind, hence the need to measure fold depth minus 2cm.
    • With a straight edge mark a horizontal line between the rod pocket marks on each side of the lining. (measure this line at intervals across the blind and make sure it is square with the edge of the lining.)
    • On each side measure up the rod pocket allowance from the rod pocket line and again mark a second line across
    • You now have the first rod pocket marked ready for sewing.
    • Pinch the two horizontal rod pocket lines together so the wrong sides touch together and the right side bulges out. Pin into place then machine down the touching lines to form the rod pocket. After stitching press the pocket and check it is at a right angle to the side of the lining.
    • Measure up each side again from the bottom of the lining to the next rod pocket and repeat the process until all the rod pockets are sewn in.
    • Remember to allow for the 2cm at the bottom, eg if the rod pockets on the blind were at 20cm from the bottom of the blind, 60cm and 100cm. you would measure the rod pockets 18cm, 58cm and 98cm from the bottom of the lining panel.
    • ** Note it is important to mark and sew in each rod pocket one at a time and measure from the BOTTOM of the LINING panel to prevent compound errors.
    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

    Jenny Knight
    Your videos and instructions are great. Can you please advise where you bought your 1.5m ruler, large metal set square and fabric clamps.
    Many thanks.
    Sew Helpful
    Try Merrick and Day online they should have them.
    Janette
    Is the price that comes up for each video in the tutorial just for that video or for all videos in the tutorial?
    Sew Helpful
    The price is for ALL the videos in the tutorial.
    Laura
    I've got a combined lining/interlining fabric that is quite thick. I'm concerned that hemming the sides of the blind will make it too bulky. Should I skip this? I also can't access the videos, so can't see the finished product. I can hear the sound on some of them, but no pictures. I would be happy to pay for access but I can't see an option. We're using Opera as a browser.
    Sew Helpful
    This tuorial is NOT for a combined lining/interliner, hence why the hems are coming up too bulky. It is for making the blind with separate cotton lining and a separate interlining.

    Some of the videos give you a 60 second preview before a payment screen comes up. If you are only getting sound it could be your internet connection is too slow. Opera is not a browser we test on as it is not widely used. What are you running Opera on (eg phone, tablet, laptop etc).
    Elizabeth
    I have bought a kit with rod tapes, please advise how to apply these. thanks
    Sew Helpful
    We do not make an interlined blind with rod tape. There is written information contained in the lined roman blind tutorial in red on what to do if you are using rod pocket tape. That will tell you how to attach the tape. Note that the lining size is different on the interlined blind when placing the pockets .
    Bernie Kelleher
    Hi, I too am using bonded lining and rod tape. I appear to have purchased the wrong tutorial for my 7 day access. Is there any way to change this please? I am an novice and need all the help I can get, thanks, Bernie
    Sew Helpful
    Please see your email
    Maggie G
    Hi there. I'm a complete novice and am using a Hemline Fabric Marker which is suppose to vanish in 24-72 hours. But now I've ironed it (turning in the 2cm on the lining) it won't vanish and I've got purple edges to my lining! Can you advise on which pen is good to use please? Thanks
    Sew Helpful
    With the vanishing marker we use ironing it does rejuvenate the marks. They do eventually go. The marker we use does come with an eraser as well though.
    Beth B
    Please can you tell us what make of marker you use in the video. There are mixed reviews of the pens available on Amazon & I want to make sure I get the right one. Thanks
    Sew Helpful
    We use Hancocks vanishing pencils with eraser. They are generally good but occasionally you get the odd one that doesn't last very long.
    Cathy Thomas
    Thanks for your tutorials. I've noticed your lining fabric looks quite stiff compared with mine. Do you starch it? If not, is it standard lining fabric?
    Sew Helpful
    No we don't starch it, we just use 100% cotton lining.
    Julia Savory
    Thanks for the videos and instructions. I'm really sorry but I paid for the interlined blind then I realised that I needed the lined blind instructions. Can you help me see the videos of the lined rather than the interlined please?
    Sew Helpful
    Please check your emails for the solution.
    Luisa Thorpe
    Hi there - thanks for your helpful tutorial. I am still struggling with accuracy when cutting the width. I have a 1m metal ruler and a metal set square. I think it may be because the blind I am making is wider that the 1 metre ruler - I have to mark at 100cm and then shift the ruler along to mark again at the width (122cm). Do you have any advice? Also, I have made rod pockets in the past and would like to try rod tape - following your interlined blind tutorial I
    can't see any reason it would make a difference other than preference? Am i wrong?

    Many thanks

    Luisa
    Sew Helpful
    You can of course make the blind using rod tape no problems.

    You will see in the videos we purposely don't use our long 1.5m T bar  as we appreciate most people wont have one, but measure and cut with a metal tape and a 1m ruler. The techniques we use are in the videos.
    Luisa Thorpe
    Thanks for your reply. A couple more questions - which tutorial shows the wider width cutting - I have only purchased the interlined blind one and I can't see it on there. Also, would you recommend a brand of scissors as I don't think my scissors are helping. Thanks again.
    Sew Helpful
    We dont recommend any scissors in particular, try Merrick and Day online and see what they have for sale, they also sell 1.5m T bars that would solve your problem.

    We do not have any blind tutorials making wide blinds,  but I have sent you an email with a code to view a video dealing with cutting a wider width of lining making a curtain which show how we move the ruler along.
    CA
    You don't mention sewing the lining hem. Do I assume that this doesn't need to be done?
    Sew Helpful
    That's correct as per the instructions you just fold and press.
    Andrea
    Hi, when you say to mitre the bottom 2corners of the lining - are you just pressing it into position or do we need to sew the mitred corner in place? Thank you.
    Sew Helpful
    How to mitre is fully demonstrated in the videos.
    Helen
    Hi, firstly thank you so much for the in-depth instructions. Thought I should just point out a bit of a boo boo. The first couple of blinds I made, I used the lined instructions which give a 9cm hem on the lining. Clearly says measure up the fold depth plus the 9cm hem allowance which worked a treat. However on the interlined instructions it tells you to measure from the bottom of the lining panel minus 2cm to take into account the 2cm gap allowance between the bottom of the blind and the bottom of the lining. Unfortunately, once you have given the lining a 2cm hem you have to place the hemmed lining 4cm up from the bottom of the blind to achieve your fold depth. The image clearly shows the bottom of the lining panel where you measure from not from the hem line. The instructions essentially need to be altered to not include deducting the 2cm, the two cm gap between the bottom of the finished blind and the bottom of the lining Is achieved when you hem the lining.
    Sew Helpful
    Hi Helen

    You had us scratching our heads as to where you were getting 4cm from and thinking the instructions are wrong. Then we realised that you have probably unfolded the 2cm pressed under at the bottom of the lining panel (similar to the lined method)

    The instructions in this tutorial do not tell you to unfold the 2cm side turns or 2cm bottom hem. You leave them pressed under and measure from the bottom of the lining panel that you have made up to that point (with the folds pressed under)

    The diagram shows where the bottom of the blind will be in red, the black line 2cm up is where the bottom of the folded under lining panel will be, the light dashed lines are indicating where the lining edge is that is folded behind (note the bottom line does not go all the way across). I think this is where the confusion has come from, I will see if I can annotate the diagram a bit better.

    In the videos all this is explained in detail and we show the folded under lining on the back of the panel before measuring, where you measure from and how to measure it out. 

    I hope that makes it a bit clearer for everybody. 

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