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
  • - Thread
  • - Velcro Loop Tape
  • - Cord
  • - Rods
  • - Bottom Bar
  • - Rings
  • Tools
  • - Sewing Machine
  • - Tape Measure
  • - Needles
  • - Scissors
  • - Set Square
  • - Straight Edge
  • - Invisible Marker
  • Options
  • - Invisible Marker/li>
  • - Velcro Hook Tape
  • - Screw Eyes
  • - Acorn
  • - Cleat Hook
  • - Cord
  • - Staple Gun
  • or
  • - Headrail Kit
  • - Hacksaw
  • Step 11: String & Hang
    Printable Worksheet
    Printable Worksheet

    PULL CORD SYSTEM

    • Fix the batten into place using screws or brackets if necessary.
    • Cut a length of cord for each column of rings approximately twice the length of the blind plus the blind width.)
    • Attach a cord to each bottom ring and thread up through the rings, through the eyelet of the batten directly above and then across through the eyelets along the batten to side the blind will be pulled from. (check if there is any applicable child safety legislation in your country, for example you may need a breakout system where the cord attached to the bottom ring may need to break away and release under pressure.)
    • See Diagram
    • Press the (velcro) blind loop fastening to the batten hook fastening to hold the blind in place.
    • The cords will now be hanging down to the side of the blind and of varying lengths.
    • Thread the Acorn onto the cords, pull the cords taught and then knot them off so the acorn is now held in place. Trim the loose ends. (check if there is any applicable child safety legislation in your country, for example some rules may require an unknotted acorn that breaks open under pressure breaking any cord loops.)
    • Fix a cleat at a convienient height at the side of the window. (check if there is any applicable child safety legislation in your country, for example some rules require that 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.)
    • Pull the blind up and secure in place by winding the cord around the cleat.

    if using ROD POCKET TAPE

    If you have used rod pocket tape rather than make traditional rod pockets, you may be threading the cords through the fabric loops on the tape rather than brass rings. Or you may have safety breakout that clip to the loops that you thread the cord through.

    This video shows you
    • How to string the blind.
    • How to hang the blind.

    CHAIN LINK SYSTEM

    • Fix the batten into place using screws or brackets if necessary.
    • Unwind the cord from the cord spools, so the cords hang down.
    • Thread each cord down through the appropriate column of rings on the back of the blind and secure the cord to the bottom ring with an adjustable toggle. (check if there is any applicable child safety legislation in your country, for example you may need a breakout system where the cord attached to the bottom ring may need to break away and realease under pressure.)
    • Fix the blind in place by pressing the (velcro) blind loop fastening to the batten hook fastening.
    • Wind the blind up with the chain link to take up the slack.
    • Just as the blind starts to pull, Stop.
    • Check all the cords on the back are pulled taught. If not adjust the toggles so they are taught and even.
    • Trim off any excess cord
    • With regard to the chain loop hanging down check if there is any applicable child safety legislation in your country. (for example some rules require that 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.)

    if using ROD POCKET TAPE

    If you have used rod pocket tape rather than make traditional rod pockets, you may be threading the cords through the fabric loops on the tape rather than brass rings. Or you may have safety breakout that clip to the loops that you thread the cord through.

    Your Questions & Comments

    Jules

    Hi there - as you mention in the red text, my blind kit comes with cord grips. Where would you suggest I attach these to the blind so they don’t show too much? Thanks!

    SewHelpful:

    I’m sorry I don’t understand what you mean by cord grips. If you mean toggles or breakouts they should be used in accordance with the instructions with the kit so they comply with child safety regulations.

    Chris

    Can you please tell me what thickness of blind cord you use?

    SewHelpful:

    We generally use 1.2mm blind cord.

    Julie

    I am making two blinds, side by side, to cover a window 240cm wide. I plan to have a chain system at the outside edge of each blind. Realistically how close can I expect the blinds to hang together?. I would like them ideally to butt up together for maximum heat retention.

    Is there another alternative ?

    SewHelpful:

    You can always adjust the position of the blinds on the Velcro of the mechanism to get them close together. A 0.5cm gap between usually works well so they do not catch on each other. It wont matter if the blind slightly overhangs the end of the mechanism on the velcro as long as it is wide enough to keep the mechanism covered at the other end.

    Helen

    My finished blinds look great, but the front fabric sags in the middle of the blind as it is not attached to the lining / rods. I have put a few stitches to join the main fabric to the lining to stop the sagging, but it has started to pull and the holes are opening up where I have stitched. Do you have any ideas please?

    SewHelpful:

    Hi Helen

    Did you sew in all the Stab Stitches in step 8. They hold the lining and fabric together and stop the problem you are describing. 

    Helen

    Oh no, I missed that bit. I will give that a go. Thanks very much.

    Rachel

    Hi, and thanks for sharing your instructions. I am about to make a blind for my brother and will follow your videos, as it's a long time since I made one of these! My main concern at the moment is safety, because there are small children in his house. I know that shop-bought blinds all come with safety devices to meet the new regulations. So my question is: would a blind made like this meet the safety requirements? And if not, could any modifications be made to make the cords safer? Thanks.

    SewHelpful:

    You will find some information on blind safety here. 

    http://www.rospa.com/homesafety/info/blind-cord-safety.pdf

    http://www.makeitsafe.org.uk

    To make a blind compliant with the safety regulations you would need to use a blind kit that has been tested and approved, has the correct safety labling, incorporates cord breakouts, chain breakers or safety clips and has the correct chain/cord length in accordance with the regulations. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO CHECK WHAT THE REGULATIONS ARE IN YOUR COUNTRY AND FIND OUT WHAT YOU NEED TO COMPLY WITH.

    There are compliant blind kits on the market. 

    Sue

    I have made a roman blind which is 6 feet wide so I have used 9 lengths of cord, is there a device I can put all the cord ends into that will attach to an acorn as all 9 cords will not go through an acorn hole

    SewHelpful:

    Not that we use. The size of the holes in acorns does vary and with a wooden one there is some scope to drill a bigger hole. We would use a chain pull cassette system on a blind that wide due to its weight, which would negate the problem.

    Catherine Muller

    How does one remove the blind for washing? Must all the cords be undone & re-done afterwards?

    SewHelpful:

    We do not wash blinds. In our experience there will be some shrinkage and mostly likely at a different rate between the fabric and the lining causing it to pucker, and it will also probably end up smaller. If you were  to wash it you would need to remove the rods, bottom bar and cords which will probably involve unstitching and restitching the ends of the pockets.

    Fern

    Can you.hang a Roman blind from a ceiling fixing. I have no wall space above the window in the recess.

    SewHelpful:

    Yes provided you can get a strong fixing. Most blind rail brackets can be ceiling fixed.

    Michelle

    Hi

    I have followed you tutorial to make a Roman blind.

    However on hanging , the middle is sagging.

    I have reinforced the poles as the blind is quite wide and made from good quality material however this has made no difference.

    Is this to do with the cords or rings?

    Thanks

    SewHelpful:

    A few ideas

    Do you have the correct spacing between cords?
    Have you put in ALL the  stab stitches as per the tutorial?
    Did you watch the video on how to stab stitch properly?
    Did you use the videos to see our techniques to get the blind square?

    The wider the blind the more amplified any errors are. 

    Emma

    Hi, I've made the blinds with your tutorial and the folds don't form when the blind is pulled up. I wonder whether I've made a mistake? Did I'd need to stitch the liner to the fabric or did I need more rods???

    SewHelpful:

    Did you watch the videos?

    Did you insert all the stab stitches correctly in STEP 8?

    Sandy

    Are the roman shades machine washable?

    SewHelpful:

    We NEVER wash roman blinds. Different shrinkage rates between the fabric and the lining is likely to cause puckering and pulling on stitches. In our opinion it is very likely they will not be exactly the same size and not look good if you wash them.

    Fiona

    I have just finished making two large interlined Roman blinds following your excellent instructions, I am so pleased with how they look. Thank you for making these instructions available and so clear and easy to follow.

    I am using a mechanised headrail with a metal chain which was a bit too short as the window is very tall. I have extended the chain length with a connector but now it will only pull up half way. Do I need to replace the whole chain or just the position of the connector? I just can't seem to work it out! Thank you

    SewHelpful:

    The chain joiner will not go through the mechanism gear, so the most movement you will get is the length of the chain even if you position the joiner. Large blinds generally need geared mechanisms to lift the weight so I suspect you are going to need a new longer complete chain.

    You can buy chain joining tools to avoid the joining link but these are pricey for a one off job.

    Anne C

    I am making some blinds for a friend and the fabric they have chosen is semi-transparent. The shop she bought it from advised her to use blackout lining show the fabric off better. The blind will require two widths of fabric and I normally put a whole panel in the centre and extra fabric on either side. So how can I avoid seeing the fabric and lining joins that would normally be inside the blind?

    SewHelpful:

    It's a transparent fabric so you cant. `The only way to avoid joins would be to use the fabric and lining sideways (if it is plain and looks ok sideways and the width would be sufficient for the drop without a join). If you can find it double width blackout would help.

    Alison Heath

    Brilliant , very easy to follow, put up my blind, no problem

    Carole James

    I have made blinds for a bay window. The cord is catching on the edge of the blind when pulling it up. How can I stop this? T

    SewHelpful:

    If you are not pulling the cord down it can rub. Try moving the eyelet ring to the edge of the batten.

    Caroline Richardson

    Do you iron the folds in before hanging or do you just let them fall? Thanks.

    SewHelpful:

    We definately do NOT iron the folds in. We let them fall.

    Millie

    Hi, I am using 4 pull cords as it is a wide blind. Do I use 4 separate pieces of cord or can I link 2 pulls together, if you see what I mean? Many thanks

    SewHelpful:
    In the example all the cords are separate.

    There are systems available now though that join the cords together at the side then you only have one cord hanging down to pull. This makes the blind safer for children as there are no loops in the pull cord that could hang down.
    Kris

    Hi, Ai tried to make lined roman blind using this tutorial which is 215cms wide and 166cms long. It sags from middle and doesn't look that good. Is it because of width? I used 4mm fibre rods. Any suggestions please to make it look better. What is the maximum width I should go for with a roman blind?

    SewHelpful:

    A smaller blind is easier to make well and is best for beginners. Wider blinds are harder to make, they are  not easy to get straight and square - any small errors are amplified. They do require a lot of care when making up. Quite often the long bars in the bottom warp as well with heat.

    The fabric you use can be a factor as well, stiffer fabrics make up better. Also when you press you need to take care. Shrinkage can be a problem when pressing after made as there is such a large area of fabric and the fabric can shrink unevenly in places if you havent been careful, creating puckering.

    When making

    Did you make it using the techniques in the videos to get it square?
    Did you press the fabric before measuring and cutting it?
    Are all your stab stitches in place and done the way we showed in the video?
    When you stitched did you make sure all your stitching was in the same direction (as in the videos) and you weren’t stitching in from each end.

    It could be a hanging problem.

    Send us some photos to help@sew-helpful.com  and we will see if there is anything you may be able to tweak.

    Wide blinds are difficult, It can be done though here is a picture of one someone made using the tutorial. (see more on our Your Makes Page)

    wide blind

    Roseanne

    Thank you for your brilliant tutorials- I'm now on my 3rd blind and your instructions are excellent. I have a problem with my latest blind - the folds hang slightly to the left when the blind is raised. I would appreciate any suggestion to rectify this.thank you.

    SewHelpful:

    Is the cord on that side the correct length it sounds slightly too long. Do you have a toggle end so you can adjust it.

    Bev

    My completed blinds appear to dip down in the middle of the blind and the folds are not straight. I gave positioned the cords 10 cm in at each side, and one in the centre of the blind. Any ideas what might be causing the folds not to be completely level?

    SewHelpful:

    Did you follow the techniques in the videos? Can you post a photo?

    Bev

    Thanks, I've played around with the tension on my cords and it appears to have helped to get the folds level and straight.

    Sharon

    I have made 7 roman blinds and put them on to an open cassette rail , when I pull them up the pleats are slightly pulling to one side on all of them ,no matter what I have tried to do to fix this problem is cannot figure out what is causing this to happen

    SewHelpful:

    It could be numerous reasons, here are a few things to check

    1.Are the cords inline with the rings on the blind.

    2.Are the spools all the same and all pulling up together at the same rate ( check you dont have an odd one that winds down before it starts winding up?)

    3.Are you testing the blinds on the same cassette rail and does this happen if you use a different one.

    4.Are your cord lengths all set exactly right on the blinds.

    Hannah

    I've made a Roman blind using quite thick fabric, it looks great down but I can't get it to pull up correctly and cannot work out what I have done wrong, it has 4 batons in it, I have attached the string to the end Baton and threaded up and then down to the acorn. When I pull it up the fabric just bunches, is this because I have not stitched the lining to the front fabric?

    SewHelpful:

    Did you use this tutorial to make the blind and if so did you stab stitch in STEP 8.

    Nicolette

    Hi, Ive made a roman blind that is outside recess and know how to fasten it to wall. This may be a dumb question, but how do you do it if you make it inside the recess. Where do you fasten it, and do you still use the wooden piece at the top?

    SewHelpful:

    It depends on where you can get a good fixing. Generally it is a v bad idea to screw into plastic window frames and sometimes the walls and ceiling in the recess can be very hollow plasterboard. You can ceiling and wall fix a wooden baten and a metal chain cassette.

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