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 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.)
    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

    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
    Sew Helpful
    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.
    Sew Helpful
    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. 
    Phil
    I have bought a 260cm wide roman blind rail kit but it didn't come with rods. What can i use instead i live in ireland and could not get the rail her. It cost me 45€ for delivery of the rail.
    Sew Helpful
    Your best bet is the internet to try and find some sets, we buy in England in bulk 3m lengths from a wholesaler and cut to size. Wooden dowels used to be used in blinds but we dont use them and i'm not sure if they come in 2.6m lengths.
    Denise
    I am using roman blind tape instead of forming rod pockets from the lining, should I sew both long edges of tape to the lining or just one. I'm not sure how to finish the tape to prevent it fraying. When it comes to attaching the cord to the bottom tape should I tie it on?
    Sew Helpful
    With tape you just sew one edge of the tape to the lining so the blind is only pulled along one line. There is some written information on how to deal with Rod pocket tape in the Lined Roman Blind tutorial. Note though that the lining on this interlined blind tutorial is shorter and attaches differently to the blind at the bottom.

    Afetr inserting the rods into the tape you fold the excess tape over and sew closed.

    With regard to how you attach the cord, if a breakout is legally required you will have to attach it with an approriate, tested breakout system. Otherwise toggles are better than tying as they allow you to adjust the length of the cords.
    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?
    Sew Helpful
    Thats not how we sew the rings on. Our technique is shown fully in the videos.
    caroline
    Do you use a thicker thread to sew on the rings?
    Sew Helpful
    No we just use standard thread. The way we stitch the rings on is shown in the videos.
    chris
    I could not see all the video because the advert kept coming up and I can't get it off
    Sew Helpful
    That is not an advert, it is the payment screen to unlock the tutorial 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
    Sew Helpful

    You can get a Fibreglass Rod Cutter  to cut the rods, it is quite expensive though (about £78) the splinters are not nice gloves should be used, alternatively we hold them in a vice and use a hacksaw. 

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

    Ladysewful
    Hi there,

    With some materials the fabric hangs a bit funny around the stab stitching sort of pulling even though I have smoothed the fabric etc. Is there any way of avoiding that?

    Thanks you
    Sew Helpful
    This kind of problem usually comes from not smoothing the layers flat when laying them together during the making process.

    When you say some materials, what kind of materials are they? 
    Ladysewful
    Quite light weight cotton ticking. I am doing my second blind with this fabric and the same thing happened with the first. I was pretty sure I flattened the fabrics out but maybe not.
    Sew Helpful
    Did you pin when stab stitching as in the videos?
    Ladysewful
    I'm pinning. And Ive made loads of blinds before but this is just not cooperating at all! I will take another look at the videos. Just bought them for the month actually lets see how that goes.
    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?
    Sew Helpful
    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. 

    Your Question or Comment

    Is it true or false that green is a number?
    blank
    Enter answer:
    blank
    blank
    Powered by Commentics