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
  • Step 6: Make up the Face Fabric Panel & Insert Interlining

    If you are using more than one width, join the fabric with a plain seam or seams. Note a much better finish is achieved by joining fabric to either side of a full central panel, making sure the seams are the same distance from each edge so the panels are symmetrical and any pattern remains central.

    See our BASICS Tutorial - How to join plain fabric

    See our BASICS Tutorial - How to join patterned fabric

    PLAIN and PATTERNED FABRIC are treated differently at this stage

    PLAIN FABRIC

    • Cut the plain fabric to the length of the FABRIC CUT DROP calculated in step 3.

      ie: Cut Length = Finished Blind Length + 5cm Heading Allowance + 9cm Hem Allowance

    • Check the bottom of the panel is straight and at a true right angle, if not trim.
    • Cut the fabric panel to the FABRIC CUT WIDTH in Step 3 (finished blind width + 10cm).
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    WORKROOM METHODS

    In our videos specialist curtain and blind maker Cindy Taylor clearly explains the tutorial instructions whilst giving tips from her workroom. Watch and learn how she, pins, cuts, stitches, folds, presses and works with the fabric when making the blind.

    VIDEO INSTRUCTOR
      Cindy Taylor


    Cindy is the owner of Dolman & Taylor specialist curtain and blind makers. She has over 15 years of experience, curtain making, blind making, working with fabrics and making soft furnishings. In the videos she clearly explains and demonstrates the methods and techniques used in her workroom .

    You will learn
    • - Expert tips and techniques
    • - All the stitches with close ups
    • - How to avoid mistakes
    • - How to achieve a professional finish
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    PATTERNED FABRIC

    First work out where you want the pattern to be on the finished blind.

    • Make sure the pattern is central on the blind
    • With a stripe it is important to have an equal amount of stripe on each side of the blind for it to look right.
    • Cut your fabric panel to the FABRIC CUT WIDTH in Step 3 (finished blind width + 10cm).
    • Remember to keep your pattern central in the correct postion by removing fabric from each side.
    • Find the point where you want the pattern to start at the top of the blind
    • Measure up from that "top of blind point" the heading allowance (5cm). This is the position to start measuring your cut drop from.
    • Now measure down the FABRIC CUT DROP calculated in step 3 and cut.
    • ie: Cut Length = Finished Blind Length + 5cm Heading Allowance + 9cm Hem Allowance

    • Check the bottom of the panel is straight and at a true right angle, if not trim.
    Learn Our Workroom Techniques >>
    WORKROOM METHODS

    In our videos specialist curtain and blind maker Cindy Taylor clearly explains the tutorial instructions whilst giving tips from her workroom. Watch and learn how she, pins, cuts, stitches, folds, presses and works with the fabric when making the blind.

    VIDEO INSTRUCTOR
      Cindy Taylor


    Cindy is the owner of Dolman & Taylor specialist curtain and blind makers. She has over 15 years of experience, curtain making, blind making, working with fabrics and making soft furnishings. In the videos she clearly explains and demonstrates the methods and techniques used in her workroom .

    You will learn
    • - Expert tips and techniques
    • - All the stitches with close ups
    • - How to avoid mistakes
    • - How to achieve a professional finish
    Video Details

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    PLAIN and PATTERNED FABRIC are now treated the same.

    TURN IN SIDES & HEM

    • Place the fabric panel right side up and mark the 5cm side allowances with dashes of vanishing marker pen (or pins).
    • Turn the fabric over right side down and fold in the side allowances (finger press and pin).
    • Check the width is the finished width of the blind all the way up and the bottom is straight and at a true right angle.
    • Place the fabric panel right side up and mark the 9cm double hem allowance with two lines of dashes of vanishing marker pen (or pins). The first line 4cm up from the bottom and the second line a further 5 cm up.
    • Turn the fabric over and fold up the double hem twice along the two lines marked. Check the blind is square.
    • Mitre the corners of the blind fabric. (finger press and pin)
    Learn Our Workroom Techniques >>
    WORKROOM METHODS

    In our videos specialist curtain and blind maker Cindy Taylor clearly explains the tutorial instructions whilst giving tips from her workroom. Watch and learn how she, pins, cuts, stitches, folds, presses and works with the fabric when making the blind.

    VIDEO INSTRUCTOR
      Cindy Taylor


    Cindy is the owner of Dolman & Taylor specialist curtain and blind makers. She has over 15 years of experience, curtain making, blind making, working with fabrics and making soft furnishings. In the videos she clearly explains and demonstrates the methods and techniques used in her workroom .

    You will learn
    • - Expert tips and techniques
    • - All the stitches with close ups
    • - How to avoid mistakes
    • - How to achieve a professional finish
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    JOIN INTERLINING PANELS (if required)

    CUT AND INSERT THE INTERLINING

    • Lay the fabric right side down.
    • Unpin and open out the face fabric panel.
    • Lay the interlining on top, smooth out and trim to the approximate size of the fabric panel (slightly bigger).
    • Cut the interlining so it is 4cm up from the bottom of the fabric. (inline with the first hem fold)
    • Trim the bulk of interlining away in the mitred corners.
    • Refold the hem and mitred corners and pin in place.
    • Fold the side turns back into place and pin. (make sure the interlining fold tucks right to the edge of the blind)
    • Trim away the excess interlining on the side turns.
    • Herringbone stitch the side turns to the interlining, stitching up to 2cm of where the top of the blind will be. (Beware DO NOT stitch through to the face fabric with all herringbone stitching)
    • Herringbone stitch the hem to the interlining. (take care not to stitch too deep into the hem and close the pouch that is formed for the bottom bar here)
    • Cut the bottom bar 2cm shorter than the width of the blind.
    • Insert the bottom bar into the hem pouch through the open mitres.
    • Ladder stitch closed the mitred corners.
    Learn Our Workroom Techniques >>
    WORKROOM METHODS

    In our videos specialist curtain and blind maker Cindy Taylor clearly explains the tutorial instructions whilst giving tips from her workroom. Watch and learn how she, pins, cuts, stitches, folds, presses and works with the fabric when making the blind.

    VIDEO INSTRUCTOR
      Cindy Taylor


    Cindy is the owner of Dolman & Taylor specialist curtain and blind makers. She has over 15 years of experience, curtain making, blind making, working with fabrics and making soft furnishings. In the videos she clearly explains and demonstrates the methods and techniques used in her workroom .

    You will learn
    • - Expert tips and techniques
    • - All the stitches with close ups
    • - How to avoid mistakes
    • - How to achieve a professional finish
    Video Details

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    2 day (48hrs) Video Access: £12.95 (All 14 videos - max 50 streams)
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    How many videos are there?
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    Your Questions & 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?

    SewHelpful:

    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.

    Steve Rio

    how far apart should the stitches on the interlining be to ensure that the blind will be robust?

    SewHelpful:

    The distance between the crosses on our herringbone stitches are about 3cm.

    Jaye Rogers

    What interlining would you recommend? Concerned that I might buy something too thick that will cause the blind not to fold well. Thanks

    SewHelpful:

    We use a lightweight synthetic or cotton domett interlining. You are right in that you do not want it too thick. Always best to ask advice on suitability from the shop you are buying it from.

    Ged

    By trimming the interlining down will this not be the same as the finished blind width, if so why not say the interlining should be same width as the lining

    SewHelpful:

    You are trimming the interling to fit inside the fabric panel, (which yes is the same width as the finished blind width). The Instructions say "trim to the approximate size of the fabric panel (slightly bigger)"

    At this stage you will have cut lining to the same width of the blind in STEP 5 but folded the sides in 2cm to make a lining panel 4cm narrower than the blind width. If we were to say  "interlining should be same width as the lining" as you suggest ,I think most people would probably cut it 4cm too narrow.

    Wendy

    my blind is 212cm wide. Do I join the interlining either side like the face fabric to achieve the width or can I join in the centre as it wont be visible?

    SewHelpful:

    We would make the joins in the interlining in the same place as the fabric.

    However before that we would look to see if we can use the interlining sideways (railroad) so we don't need any joins at all. 

    Sylvia

    Trying to make a blind 250cm x 155cm. Having great trouble getting it all square. Don't have a large table cannot work on floor. Any suggestions please

    SewHelpful:

    Have you watched the videos? They will give you some tips and information on getting the fabric straight.

    Tania Pearson

    How do I join the interlining? I'm using bump interlining that is 410gsm so it is quite thick. I'm worried that if I join it with the usual seam that it will bulk out the blind too much in that area. Could I cross stitch it together so that there isn't a doubling up of fabric?

    Or would you recommend getting a thinner interliner?

    SewHelpful:

    We wouldn't use bump (too heavy) we would use a sarille interlining in a blind.

    To avoid joins in interlining you can try and use it side ways if the drop of the blind isn't too much (railroading) 

    Karen

    Your site is absolutely brilliant! I've been hand making curtains and blinds for myself and friends for years and have still found so many useful tips and techniques, thank you. I love your 5cm deep metre rule can you recommend a supplier?

    SewHelpful:

    You can buy them from builders merchants, Be careful though as most have a groove under the leading edge which means the fabric slightly moves when you draw a line as the ruler is not holding it in place on the leading edge, but slightly back from it.

    Alison

    Absolutely excellent videos and instructions - thank you! I'm making a silk blind interlined with sarille. Your instructions have both the face fabric as well as the interlining turned at the sides and bottom of the blind. Why is it not a good idea to cut the interlining to butt against side and bottom folds of the face fabric, so that you are only turning over the face fabric rather than face fabric AND the interlining? The herringboning and stab stitching would keep the interlining in place and the edges might be less bulky? Would love to know if this would be a good or a bad idea!

    SewHelpful:

    You can do it that way (its what we do with blackout in the workshop -that tutorial is in the pipeline). On the interlined blind we fold the edges to give them a bit more structure.

    Linda

    Could I please ask what technique you use to ensure the sides of the blind panel are square one you have added side panels to the width? I have carefully followed the techniques fir pattern matching on the seams as demonstrated by the basic technique tutorial and have achieved really good pattern matched seams. Will the odd mm difference that the seating might produce affect the squareness of my finished blind?

    SewHelpful:

    We make the joins, then trim it square.

    The tutorial videos show techniques for getting it square, For really large blinds you need a large square table, long rulers and set squares for the best results.

    Liz

    Your example of step 6 Make up face fabric

    My Roman Fabric pattern blind finished width is 188cm, I want to have measurements like Figure 1. How do I calculate the sides so its equal width to my centre?

    SewHelpful:

    Split the second drop into two halves then join one half to each side. You can then cut the made up  panel down to the required width with the full width central.

    Sheridan

    Hi there, Does the interlined blind need to have mitred corners? Or is this just a design feature?

    Thanks

    SewHelpful:

    We mitre on the corners for a more professional finish and to reduce bulk. You are laying the lining on top with the interlined blind, not folding the lining up within a double  hem as with a lined blind.

    Beth

    Thank you for a really useful tutorial. My problem is measuring and cutting the fabric. There's always some movement, especially if the weave is loose. Even if I start by drawing a line across equal points in the pattern, and measure up in several places from that line, my new line doesn't cross the pattern as before. How do I get the fabric perfectly straight?

    SewHelpful:

    You have to manipulate the fabric if it is moveable which it sounds like you are doing. If that doesn't work we draw a thread.

    Drawing a thread is where we pull a horizontal thread along the  line we want to cut. This pulls the fabric and marks a line straight across on the weft. We will make a Blog with some pictures. Good question.

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