How to make -
Interlined Roman Blind
WORKROOM METHOD
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
  • - Buckram (optional)
  • - Rods
  • - Bottom Bar
  • - Rings or Breakouts
  • Tools
  • - Sewing Machine
  • - Tape Measure
  • - Needles
  • - Scissors
  • - Set Square
  • - Straight Edge
  • - Invisible Marker
  • Headrail
  • - Wooden Batten
  • - Velcro Hook Tape
  • - Screw Eyes
  • - Acorn
  • - Cleat Hook
  • - Cord
  • - Staple Gun
  • or
  • - Headrail Kit
  • - Hacksaw
  • Step 8: Make the Heading

    If you are using 2cm deep velcro and/or don't have buckram please read the EXTRA INSTRUCTIONS at the bottom of the page before proceeding.

    INSERT THE BUCKRAM

    1. Cut a length of buckram 5cm deep and 14cm longer than the width of the blind.
    2. Lay the blind fabric side down, lining up.
    3. At the top, cut the lining and fabric so they extend 2cm above the top of the velcro (5cm if you are using 2cm velcro and 5cm buckram).
    4. Lay the buckram on the lining, along the bottom of the velcro.
    5. Leave 7cm of buckram protruding each side of the blind.
    6. Fold in the protruding buckram at each side of the blind.(trim ends square and fold in 3mm from fabric side)
    7. Fold the fabric and lining over the top of the buckram to encase it
    8. Tuck the excess lining and fabric under the buckram and pin.

    PRO TIP: Don't use your best fabric scissors for cutting the buckram.

    Included in this video
    • What buckram we like to use.

    STITCH THE HEADING

    1. Ladder stitch the end closed.
    2. Slip stitch the bottom of the heading to the lining.
    3. Ladder stitch the other end closed.
    Included in this video
    • Hiding the thread end starting the ladder stitch
    • What thread to use.

    CUT THE HEADRAIL TO SIZE

    1. Cut the headrail 0.5cm narrower than the width of the blind.
    Included in this video
    • How to avoid bending the metal axle when cutting.
    • The best tool for cutting the headrail.

      EXTRA INSTRUCTIONS

    NO BUCKRAM

    If you do not have any buckram to insert into the header:

    • Lay the blind fabric side down, lining up.
    • At the top, cut the lining and fabric so they extend 2cm above the top of the velcro .
    • Fold the fabric and lining over the top along the bottom line of the velcro.
    • Tuck the excess lining and fabric under the velcro and pin in place along the width of the heading.

    Then ladder stitch the ends and slip stitch the bottom as in the instructions above.

    If you have used 2cm velcro rather than 5cm velcro you will have 5cm of fabric above the velcro.

    USING 2CM VELCRO WITH 5CM BUCKRAM

    Follow the tutorial instructions. You will have 2cm of velcro and 3cm of fabric on the header on the back of the blind when the header is formed.

    USING 2CM VELCRO NO BUCKRAM

    • Lay the blind fabric side down, lining up.
    • At the top, cut the lining and fabric so they extend 2cm above the top of the velcro .
    • Fold the fabric and lining over the top along the bottom line of the velcro.
    • Tuck the excess lining and fabric under the velcro and pin in place along the width of the heading.

    Then ladder stitch the ends and slip stitch the bottom as in the instructions above.

    Included in this video
    • What the header of the blind will look like using 2cm Velcro-With Buckram.
    • What the header of the blind will look like using 2cm Velcro-No Buckram.

    TRADITIONAL WOODEN BATTEN - PULL CORD

    • Cut the wooden batten 1cm to 0.5cm shorter than the finished width of the blind.
    • Cover the batten with lining or fabric depending on whether the batten will be seen when the blind is mounted and fix with staples.
    • Attach the adhesive hook tape (velcro) to the front of the batten along it's whole length. Also staple the tape on for extra strength.
    • Screw the brass eyelets into the base of the batten.
      • One at the end you wish to pull the blind cord from.
      • One 10cm from each end of the batten, then evenly across the batten at no more than 35cm intervals.
    Included in this video
    • How to cover a wooden batten.

    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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