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 9: Insert Rods & Attach Rings
    • Cut the fibreglass rods approx 10mm shorter than the rod pocket lengths.
    • Insert the fibreglass rods into the pocket using end caps if you have them. Then hand sew the ends of the rod pockets closed.
    • Hand sew brass or plastic rings onto the positions marked on the back of the rod pockets. (check if there is any applicable child safety legislation in your country, for example some rules require break out devices instead of the rings.)
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    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
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    • - How to achieve a professional finish
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    Your Questions & Comments

    Beth Rope

    I am making a blind measuring 152cm wide x 206cm long and just want to check whether you think that 4mm wide fibre glass rods are good enough for the job? The blind will be interlined and the fabric is on the heavy side. Thanks, Beth

    SewHelpful:

    Yes 4mm fibre glass rods are good enough we have used them on blinds up to 260cm wide. However things to bear in mind with this heaveir wider blind are

    1. Space your cord rings no more than 35cm apart across the blind to spread the weight.

    2. You will probably need a geared mechanism not a standard one, if using a chain pull to lift that weight blind.

    3. On a wide blind sometimes a long aluminium bottom bar can warp (particularly if the blind is above a radiator)



    Elizabeth

    My blind is 75cm width. I am using a blind kit, not sure what distance to allow between each ring widthways - would you advise 2 rings or 3 across.

    Many thanks.

    SewHelpful:

    We would usually use 2 cords for this width. However Kits in the UK should now be compliant with EU safety legislation and have break outs at the end of each cord. The fewer cords you have the more likely the break out is likely to release under the weight of the blind (interlined blinds are heavier than lined). So there could be an argument for using the number of cords supplied in the kit as these new breakouts will be design to only take a certain weight.

    More info is written in the instructions in Step 8. 

    Kathy King

    I have been told that when sewing on the rings you need to sew through liniing interlining and material (only very slightly) is this true?

    SewHelpful:

    Thats not how we sew the rings on. Our technique is shown fully in the videos.

    Brona

    What tool do you use to trim fibre glass rods? I made the mistake of attacking it with scissors and got some nasty splinters!

    Also I am getting a table made up to make blinds and curtains as orders from friends and family are coming in! Can you advise on dimensions? Thank you

    SewHelpful:

    We use cable cutters from Screwfix





    Our table is approx 270cm x 160cm,  big is best but you need to be able to reach into the middle.

    Vicky

    Hi

    I'm making a blind with a join in.

    I can't get the rods through the join in the rod pocket as it keeps catching on the overlap of the join.

    How do I join it so the rod goes through the joins please?

    SewHelpful:

    This is an eternal problem. we tack the seam open before sewing the rod pockets.

    If you cant get it through, unpick the seam at the pocket, get the rod through, then slip stitch it closed. 

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