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 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.
    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

    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.
    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

    Sue Douglas
    Thank you for your good clear instructions for making Roman Blinds. I have been through both sets of instructions hoping to find the section on using tape instead of pockets which you said you were adding later. Can't find it. Why not just add it as a section to your lined instructions where the user can select this as an aside when you get to the page on making pockets and then the user can revert back when done the application and later when doing the strings or narrow tape for pulls, this could also be another version. Mine also goes onto mechanisms at the top with a chain pull so clearer instructions about this would be a benefit too (again as a diversion).

    Also none of the calculation boxes had any text in them, I use Internet Explorer as my browser. It would be helpful if at the start as an aside you warn that payment will be needed to see the videos. Before payment the text was too small to read comfortably although I have it set at 150%. I went to the trouble of customising it to 300%.I had to revert back to read your payment instructions again restarting my computer. Only to find once I'd paid I could read the text. Wasted a lot of time.
    Sew Helpful
    Thanks for the feedback Sue. Comments from users help us improve the instructions.

    The blind tape info is not on the website yet, its is half written at the moment, we will post on our facebook page when we add tutorials etc to the website.

    There are instructions about the chain pull mechanism with a video on how to hang it. What did you think was unclear or neede extra info?

    Was the text too small on the paypal page or our website?

    What version of internet explorer are you using? The up to date versions of Internet Explorer render the text into the calculation boxes. If it is an old version that may be the problem.
    Firefox is always a good back up browser to have as it is Free, available on PC and MAC and tends to conform to most website code unlike Internet Explorer which is a pain for web designers.
    Sheelagh
    I am using your very helpful instructions to make three Roman blinds for a bay window. I would ask you to clarify 'stab stiches' 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
    Sew Helpful
    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.
    Anne McVey
    Ihave combined lining and interlining so don't see any instructions for this type. Would I just herringbone stitch the fabric then attach the lining to it by slipstitch? The only thing is that the edges will be less bulky than the rest of the blind. Can you help please?
    Sew Helpful
    As you say the edges will be less bulky than the rest. You are trying to make the blind with the wrong material.
    Anne McVey
    Sorry me again. You said I am using the wrong material. I should have said it is thermal lining. That being the case, I don't want to buy anything else but would appreciate your views on how to get round this.
    Best regards
    Sew Helpful
    The trouble is the interliner needs to go to the edge to make the blind uniformly thick. There are some images in Step 6 of the lined Roman blind tutorial that show how to get a blackout lining to the edge. You also need rod pocket tape then
    Joanna
    I am making my blinds with a blackout thermal lining and an interlining. I'm worried about the stab stitches allowing pin holes of light through the blackout. Will this be the case and is there a way to avoid it? Thank you.
    Sew Helpful
    You always get some pin holes from the stab stitches. We sandwich the blackout inside (like the interlining) and then put a normal cotton lining with the rod pockets on the back. That avoids the pinpricks of light all along the rod pocket stitching.

    A proper tutorial on making a blackout blind is in the plan.


    light pinpricks

    Angela
    Instead of using stab stitch could I machine sew through all layers. Would this be more secure and neater
    Sew Helpful
    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.
    Sew Helpful
    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.
    Linda
    Yes I didn’t put the blind under the machine arm. But I just found the bulk of the blind with the bar in was too awkward to manage. I just unstitch one mitre corner and slipped ou t the bar which made it much easier. This is my second blind and both times I have found getting the Velcro on the hardest part to do properly as I don’t have a walking foot. In the end I pinned the Velcro across rather than along and stitch both lines across the pins. That worked really well. I find your videos are great and so helpful. Thank you

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