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 7: Join Fabric Panel to Lining
    • Put the fabric right side down on the table.
    • Smooth the fabric out then place the lining on top (lining right side up). There should be a 2cm margin of fabric down each side and along the bottom of the fabric.
    • Adjust the lining and check the bottom rod pocket is the correct distance up from the bottom of the fabric.
    • Pin the lining to the fabric and check the rod pockets are square to the fabric sides and in the right positions.
    • Sew the lining in with a slip stitch down each side and along the bottom. (stop your slip stitching on each side 2cm short of where the top of the blind will be to make working on the heading easier later)
    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

    Jo kerwin
    I m using 100% linen on a blind size 162cms wide by 231cms drop and is to be interlined. I was wondering whether I should interlock along the interlining to main fabric where the rod pocket positions are and ten interlock lining to interlining at rod pocket position as I m worried the blind will sag if the interlining is only herringbone stitched around he outside of the panel? What would be be your advice on making a blind this big in a very loose weave fabric??
    Sew Helpful
    You can interlock the interlining into the blind and some books would advise you to do this. However we find the stab stitches hold the layers in position so do not interlock. Also if you interlock you may find that when you smooth the layers out it can create little pulls in the face of the fabric.
    Wendy
    I would like to attached a bobble trim to the bottom of my blinds. The bobbles are on a tape which I'm presuming isn't meant to show. What is the correct way/place to attach the trim on to so that only the bobbles are visible (if that's how its meant to be) thank you
    Sew Helpful
    The easiest way for a beginner is to stitch the tape to the back of the blind in line with the bottom (if you do this make sure there is excess tape at each end to turn under so you dont get a raw edge).

    However you are right we do not do it that way,  we make a fold in the bottom of the fabric to encase the tape.

    poppomtrim


    Pom Pom Trim
    wendy
    Thank you for the pics. If I was to use the fold method,would I allow extra length for fold and sew fold and tape to blind without going through to the face?
    Sew Helpful
    In that example we needed to make a 2cm deep pocket (4cm of extra fabric). We stitched the tape in not through to the face and ladder stitched the fold closed between the pop poms. Some adjstment was required at the mitred corners.
    Luisa
    Hi - I am also trying to attach a pom pom trim. I'm not sure I'm clear on what you are describing. When you say you make a pocket - where is this pocket on the blind and why would it be 2cm? Without a trim you fold the face fabric at the bottom to create the pocket for the bottom bar. That's what I'm struggling to visualise - many thanks
    Sew Helpful
    Making a pocket is the advanced way of doing it. An easier way it to hand stitch it on the back of the blind.
    Luisa
    Are you planning to add a tutorial on the advanced method?
    Sew Helpful
    I'm afraid that is a long way down the list of things we are adding to the site.
    Jessica
    Hello can you reccomend somewhere to buy the Pom Pom trim for a Roman blind? Also is glue a good option?
    Many thanks
    Sew Helpful
    We use companies like Peony and Sage and  Kate Forman, You will find a lot of unbranded cheap trims on Ebay. You can glue it on.

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