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 8: Apply Heading & Stab Stitch

    APPLY THE HEADING

    • Pin the lining back from the heading section of the blind.
    • Turn the blind over with fabric now facing upwards. Clamp the bottom of the blind to the table and smooth the blind out making sure it is square.
    • Measure up from the bottom of the blind the “finished blind length”, marking each side and at points across the blind.
    • Draw a line across (with invisible marker) to mark the top of the blind.
    • Lay the loop fastening tape (velcro) horizontally across the blind just ABOVE the drawn line.
    • Machine along the loop fastening (the side nearest the line), fixing it to the blind fabric and interlining (not the lining). Note start and finish 0.5cm from the sides of the blind.
    • Continue to macine along the 2 ends of the loop fastening (0.5cm from each blind side) and along the other side.
    • Turn the blind over right side down.
    • Unpin the lining and smooth it back over the heading, then fold the lining back inline with the first machine stitch line on the interlining (top of the blind).
    • Cut the lining along this fold line (so the lining stops at the top of the blind).
    • Trim away any excess loop fastening tape from each end.
    • Trim the Fabric and Interining along the top of the blind so there is 1.5cm left above the loop fastening tape.
    • Reduce the bulk of the excess fabric and interlining above the loop tape by cutting away the interlining ONLY down to the loop tape machine stitch line. (leave the fabric)
    • Fold the top of the blind over along the line marked so the loop fastening is now on the back of the blind.
    • Tuck the excess fabric under the loop fastening and pin.
    • Slip stitch the bottom of the loop tape to the back of the blind to hold in place. (slip stitch through to the lining and interlining only NOT through the face fabric)
    • Neatly tuck in the sides of the heading and ladder stitch.
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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 .

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    • - All the stitches with close ups
    • - How to avoid mistakes
    • - How to achieve a professional finish
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    STAB STITCH

    • With the blind laying fabric face down, smooth the lining and mark the positions to attach the rings. Rings should be 10cm from the sides of the blind and evenly across at approx 30 to 50cm intervals.

      (If you are using a blind kit make the number of rings across the same as the number of cord drops in the kit. - Space the rings accordingly)

    • Stab stitch at each end of the rod pocket, at each ring position and half way between each ring.
    • Stab stitches should be approx every 15cm, it is better to have more than less as they hold the layers of the blind together.
    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

    Video Prices
    2 day (48hrs) Video Access: £12.95 (All 14 videos - max 50 streams)
    6 weeks Video Access: £14.95 (All 14 videos - max 150 streams)

    How many videos are there?
    This Interlined Roman Blind Tutorial has 14 videos (99min).

    How to pay?
    Press play on the video and a payment screen will popup (you may get up to 2min of free veiwing before popup) Select your chosen ticket (2 day or 6 weeks). Click on the proceed to payment button. You will be taken to PayPal where you can pay by Paypal account or checkout as a guest and use a credit or debit card. After payment you will automatically be brought back to the video and webpage. You will be sent a passcode via email.

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    Your Questions & Comments

    Gill

    Hi

    I have reached step 8....hurrah; all measuring correctly and square thanks to you.

    I know you have a blackout lining tutorial in the pipeline but when I stab stitch my blackout lined blinds do I still pin before I stab or is there a way to avoid those extra holes but still hold everything together.

    Many thanks

    Gill

    SewHelpful:

    Yes pin before you stab.

    Sheelagh

    I am using your very helpful instructions to make three Roman blinds for a bay window. I would ask you to clarify 'stab stitches' I assume this attaches the blind material to the lining at the rod pockets and goes through all layers. I just want to check that I have it right! Many thanks

    SewHelpful:

    Yes the stab stitch goes all the way through to the face fabric but you try to make it show as little as possible. The video shows you in detail how to stitch it and how little of the stitch you want to show.

    Angela

    Instead of using stab stitch could I machine sew through all layers. Would this be more secure and neater

    SewHelpful:

    We would never do that and it would certainly not be neater. If you stab stitch properly they are secure and virtually invisible.

    Maria Dragon

    Thank you for the videos, they are so helpful, the instructions are clear and precise. I have successfully made 5 blinds!

    Linda

    I am making a blind 178cm wide and 108 deep. Following the tutorial I inserted the bottom bar before adding the lining. However I find that it will now be impossible to get the blind Under the machine to apply the Velcro heading. I am having to unstitch the corner of my blind to do this. I think on a wider blind it may be better to leave one corner of the bottom hem and lining open to allow for insertion of the bottom bar at the end.

    SewHelpful:

    Hi Linda have you watched the videos?

    You will see in the videos we do not put the blind under the machine arm when sewing the tape on.

    Ruth

    I’ve just made a very large blind 215cm wide, so had to join lining panels, this made it very difficult to get the baton through the rod pocket where the lining joined, any advice please?

    SewHelpful:

    Tack the seams flat when you join the lining where the rod pockets will be. This will stop the flaps catching on the rods when you insert them. Once the rods are in you can then remove the tacking stitches.

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