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
  • - Velcro Hook Tape
  • - Screw Eyes
  • - Acorn
  • - Cleat Hook
  • - Cord
  • - Staple Gun
  • or
  • - Headrail Kit
  • - Hacksaw
  • Step 3: Calculate Fabric Quantity
    Printable Worksheet
    Printable Worksheet

    To calculate the amount of fabric needed to make the blind you need to establish the number of Fabric Widths to be used and the Cut Drop

    of the fabric.

    NUMBER OF WIDTHS OF FABRIC REQUIRED

    To calculate the number of fabric widths required to make your blind you first find the cut width of fabric. *Note most fabric is approx 137cm wide, so any blind less than 127cm wide will only need one width of fabric.

    FABRIC CUT WIDTH

    This is equal to the finished blind width plus a 5cm turning allowance for each side.

    • Cut Width = finished blind width + 10cm (5cm turning allowance for each side).

    NO OF FABRIC WIDTHS

    The number of fabric widths required is found by dividing the Cut Width by the Fabrc Width and rounding up to the next whole number.

    • No of Fabric Widths = Cut Width divided by Fabric Width
    • Answer rounded up to next whole number

    FABRIC CUT DROP

    To calculate the Cut Drop

    of the fabric add a 5cm heading allowance and a 9cm hem allowance to the finished blind length.
    • Fabric Cut Drop
      = Finished Blind Length + 5cm heading allwnce + 9cm hem allwnce

    Now we can calculate the quantity of fabric required to make a blind. Note it is a different calculation depending on whether the fabric is plain or patterned.

    FABRIC QUANTITY REQUIRED (Plain Fabric)

    To calculate the amount of plain fabric required to make a blind:

    • Multiply the "Number of fabric widths" by (Cut Drop + 5cm trimming allowance).
    Note with a plain fabric we add 5cm to the cut drop to enable us to trim the fabric panel square.

    *If covering the batten in fabric there may be enough excess fabric. Otherwise you will need 30cm of fabric per width used.

    FABRIC QUANTITY REQUIRED (Patterned Fabric)

    This tutorial is based on a normal pattern repeat fabric, if your fabric has a half drop pattern repeat please read HERE and adjust the instructions accordingly.

    When the fabric has a pattern we also have to take into account where the pattern will start at the top of the blind, that the pattern will need to line up where we join fabric and the pattern will need to be in the same position on each blind if making more than one blind.

    To enable this we adjust the cut drop so we can get a cut drop starting at the same pattern position each time.

    NOTE you do not always need this adjusted cut drop:

    If you are making a SINGLE blind with NO JOINED WIDTHS from a patterned fabric you do not need an adjusted cut drop and the fabric required will be the same as for a plain fabric plus an extra pattern repeat to place the pattern where you want on the blind.

    If you are making a SINGLE blind and it requires JOINED WIDTHS you will need to use adjusted cut drops. Plus add an extra pattern repeat to the total fabric order to place the pattern.

    If you are making more than one blind for the room and want all the blinds to start at the same point in the pattern (something we do ) you will need to use adjusted cut drops regardless of whether the blinds have joined widths or not. Plus add an extra pattern repeat to the total fabric order to place the pattern.

    ADJUSTED CUT DROP

    To calculate the Adjusted cut drop:

    • Divide the Cut Drop by the Pattern Repeat
    • Round the result up to the nearest whole number
    • Multiply the whole number by the Pattern Repeat
    • You now have the Adjusted Cut Drop

    To calculate the amount of patterned fabric required to make a blind:

    • Multiply the "Number of fabric widths" by Adjusted Cut Drop.
    • Add one pattern repeat to your total fabric order (this allows you to choose where the pattern starts)

    *If covering the batten in fabric there may be enough excess fabric. Otherwise you will need 30cm of fabric per width used.

    Extra Help & Comments

    Sew Helpful
    Post your questions and comments here, we will reply so everyone can see the answer. 
    Holly Turner
    Hello, I am going to attempt to make a roman blind for our bay window. The central window is: 225cm finished width and 193cm finished drop whilst the two surrounding windows are 60 cm finished width and 193cm finished drop.

    This will be my first attempt at a blind and unfortunately I seem to have chosen a rather ambitious fabric to work with...It is 140cm wide so I will need two widths for the central window. However it is a geometric pattern which starts off larger on the one side of the fabric and then gets smaller to the other side. It also has a repeated pattern which is at a height of 63cm.

    For the central window, I believe I should have one width as a central panel and cut the other width into two, line up the pattern and sew it on to either side. Once this is done the pattern should flow from medium size, to large, to medium, to small then back to medium!!

    As if this wasnt complicated enough, I then feel that this should flow through to the windows either side! Do you think that this is even possible?! If it is, how much fabric should I order to ensure Ive made allowance for not only keeping the height of the repeat pattern at the same height across all 3 windows, but also trying to continue the pattern from large to small?! Im determined to do this myself but im a bit worried that I might have bitten off more than I can chew!!
    Sew Helpful
    Hi Holly

    I dont think you could have been much more ambitious, your 3 main challenges will be

    1. Making a large blind
    2. Matching Pattern repeats
    3. Fitting to a bay 

    When making a large blind we would strongly recommend using a geared chain mechanism due to the blinds weight. You will probably find a normal one wont actually work (check what you are buying)

    The fabric pattern sounds a bit strange and we are wondering if it is a half drop pattern repeat. There is a tutorial on the website explaining half drop pattern repeats (check with your fabric supplier what the pattern repeats are and if it is a half drop)

    We would also make the 3 blinds so the pattern flows continuously from blind to blind. Unfortunately we do not make peoples fabric calculations for them.

    When fitting to a bay we would fit the rails/battens first and then measure. Because the rails/battens sit out from the windows you would probably find you make the blinds slightly too wide if you measure directly from the window. Generally we would fit the rails with approx a 2cm gap between them where the blinds will butt up against each other and have the rails 1cm shorter than the finished width of the blind. This would give us 1cm sideways adjustment when fitting each blind without exposing the headrail, to make sure the blinds hang nicely alongside each other and dont knock on each other when pulling up. (note we fit blinds in a bay so the ends butt against each other not overlapping. The 1cm/2cm figures are general and we vary them a bit depending on the bay) 



    Barbara
    My window is 142 cms wide by 125 cms drop. The fabric I am working with has a very large pattern repeat of 64 cms. Would you advise me if I should position the start of the pattern at the top of the blind or at the hemline.
    Also do you think that this pattern size is too large for this size window.I have a large kitchen diner and I am making full length curtains in the same fabric for the other windows.
    Sew Helpful
    We would position the pattern at the top of the blind so it looks right when the blind is pulled up which is the position it will be in most of the time.

    There is no  problem with a large pattern repeat on a blind providing there is plenty going on within the pattern.
    Barbara
    Thank you so much for your advice regarding where to position the start of the pattern on the Roman blind.

    I will be hanging a full length door curtain next to this window should I position the start of the pattern at the heading rather than ending the pattern at the hemline?

    Also I will be hanging full length curtains from a pole in the dining room end (it's a kitchen diner) should I position the start of the pattern at the heading for this window as well or would it be better to finish the pattern at the hemline
    Sew Helpful
    Generally we would position the pattern in the best place at the bottom of a curtain. However when fitting to more than one curtain or blind to a room we would also consider placing patterns so they all line up at the same level around the room. This is basically a design decision that only you can make based on the pattern and your window layout in the room.
    Cathy morris
    I am going to attempt Roman blinds for my patio doors and windows either side. Do you think it will be possible to make them look right as the fabric for the door will be quite a bit longer? Also I prefer the look of cascade blinds, do you think this is an option or should I stick with standard?
    Many thanks.
    Sew Helpful
    Cascade or not is a personal design decision only you can make. Remember they can hang lower and block more light out also will you be able to open/walk through the door.

    We would generally make them so they are all the same size when pulled up ( something that will take some thought with cascades - for the bigger blind you would probably have to have the same cascade as the smaller windows and then pleat the excess level with the bottom of the cascade.)

    There is a picture on our Pinterest "What You've Made" board of a set of three blinds made by somebody. 2 short 1 long at a patio door.
    Barbara
    Hello. Thank you so much for such a brilliant tutorial. I would be grateful for some more advice.
    Although I only need 1 width of fabric I have decided to use the fabric horizontally simply because I can centralise the pattern to the window size and get a more balanced effect. I have enough fabric for the finished drop including the hem and heading allowance but ideally I would like to join on a small amount at the heading so that the top of the blind included a whole pattern. If I do this I would end up with a join in the fabric 6 cms down from the finished edge of the heading. The top of the window is fairly high so I don't think the join would show too much.
    I realise that this may not be the norm but do you think that in this case it would be acceptable to have join 6 cms down from the top.
    Sew Helpful
    We would never put a join there.
    Barbara Ridley
    I am making two roman blinds with a drop of 199cms. The pattern repeat is 35cms. I calculate the fabric cut drop to be 213cms. I divide the cut drop by the pattern repeat and the result is 6.0857. Do I really have to adjust this up to the nearest whole number ie7?
    Sew Helpful
    You dont have to but if you want the pattern to start at the same point on each blind so they are the same (and look professional) you need to cut the fabric in whole pattern repeats. You can either make the blind with 6 pattern repeats which will give you a cut drop of 210cm and try and make the blind with 3cm less fabric In the top and hem or round up to 7 pattern repeats as we suggest.
    Debs magney
    Hi hope you can help, first sorry cant do them cm :( i am going to make 3 roman blinds 47 inch drop x 93inch wide. 48 inch drop x 70 inch wide. Smallest 41 inch drop by 36 inch wide pattern is 8 inch wouldcyou be able to tell me how much fabric i would need please Debs
    Sew Helpful
    I'm sorry we don't have time to do calculations for people, all the information you need to work it out is written in the tutorials.
    Ali
    I have read the measuring tutorial above, thanks. I will not be making the blinds but need to order the fabric myself.
    I would like the blinds to sit outside the window so how much blind do you usually have overlapping the window on the finished blind. Do you add this and then add on hem allowance?
    Thanks
    Sew Helpful
    The answers to the width of the blind outside the recess are in step 1, As regards the length, if the sill protrudes outwards the blind will obviously finish on the sill. Otherwise the length is personal choice. 

    You decide the finished width and finished length of your blind in Step 1 when measuring the window.  You calculate your lining and fabric quantities in steps 3 and 4 adding the approriate hem allowances.
    Ali
    Sorry, also can you have curtains with blinds that sit outside the window?
    Sew Helpful
    Yes you can provided the curtain pole holds the curtains far enough out from the blind so they do not snag on each other.
    Ann Savage
    Hello - simple question...does the fabric for a Roman blind, cover the mechanism at the end of the fixing or do I make the fabric marginally narrower ?
    Sew Helpful
    You'll find the answer to this in Step 10. You make the blind to the width required for the window. Then you cut down the mechanism or make the batten 1cm shorter than the width of the blind. This enables you to slightly adjust the position of the blind without exposing the batten/ mechanism at the end.

    Note the blind only attaches to the face of the batten/mechanism it does not attach to the sides of the end. 
    Louise
    Hi. I am making a roman blind. I have a window 171cm wide & am using a fabric 145cm wide. I believe I need two separate 145cm widths of fabric, placing a whole piece centrally & then cutting the 2nd panel in half, & joining the two halves vertically to either side of the central piece. Is that correct? Having 2 vertical seams? It just seems strange to me to have 2 vertical seams on a roman blind. Am I misunderstanding the information I've been given?
    Sew Helpful
    No you are understanding it right. You can make your blind with a seam down the middle if you like, there are no set rules. The reason we choose not to is that your eye is drawn to the centre of the blind and the first thing you will notice is the seam straight down the middle. In our opinion with the 2 seams to each side it looks more asthetically pleasing and balanced.
    Nicolette
    Hi, my window is 145cm wide and the Fabric 150cm. Will it work to just make a 2.5cm hem on either side. Exstra stitching, but dont know what else to do.
    Sew Helpful
    We make blinds with a 5cm side turn on each side. We haven't made one reducing it down to 2.5cm so can't advise. If you decide to reduce down to 2.5cm to avoid joining fabric, you will need to increase the width of the lining panel accordingly.
    georgina clinton
    I am making two blinds @52.5inches drop. What size of spaces would recommend for that drop approx .thanks georgia
    Sew Helpful
    The spacing determines the size of the blind when it is pulled up which is a design decision you have to make taking into account the room and the window.
    Benjamin Finks
    Try the free calculator on here, you can keep changing the fold size, and it tells you what you need to know
    Cynd
    Hello
    I have a bay window width of 258cm. As the windows are 4 panes I was considering making 2 roman blinds across the bay - ie 129.5 wide each - each one to cover 2 panes. Is this something you would advise against? I am thinking about doing two floor length curtains to cover the side bay windows.
    Sew Helpful
    We think 2 blinds that size in the middle is better than making one big one. We are not sure about the curtains at the sides though. Firstly where would the curtain track/poe finish in relation to the top of the blind. Secondly looking along the top of the windows with the curtains pulled back and the blinds up, you would have the 2 blinds hanging in the middle then a gap either side. You may have to fixed head the curtains and tie them back (which would block out light) to make it look right. Otherwise a pelmet around the bay would work covering the pulled up blinds and the gaps.
    wendy
    My finished blind will be 174cm wide. I will have a vertical seam either side of the main panel joining the fabric widths together. The fabric width is 139cm so do I only use 17cm (+seams)either side or should I split it more equally?
    Sew Helpful
    If you think it would look better no problem. We probably wouldn't because we find you tend to get a better fabric join at the selvedge edge. 
    Sara
    Hi there,
    I had two things to ask about, one more technical relating one-bend bay window and another to ask your opinion about fabric choices.

    This will be my first time making blinds so am a little jittery about what to do.

    I have a one-bend 90 degree bay window which is set back into a recess with no space above the window for fixing the brackets, so will have to be ceiling fixed and inside recess blinds. It measures approx. 65cm for the small window on one side of bay, and 242cm for the large window. The larger window is made up of 61cm - 120cm - 61cm, so I'm thinking to do 3 x blinds instead of 1 x 242cm blind.
    I see from previous replies that you normally leave a gap of 1-2cm between each batten so they butt up to each other (which I guess I will do for the large window), but in regards to battens that meet in the corner, would I need to deduct the projection of the ceiling bracket from the length of each corner blind?

    With regards to the fabric, I am a bit lost. All the walls in the room are of a soft subtle cream/white colour and there is a feature wall of a cream coloured wallpaper with A gold flock pattern design. Looking at the window, the feature wall is to the right of the 242cm window - in your opinion, would you go for a plain style fabric or a patterned one? I am not sure if a similar flock pattern material would be overkill, or if something like flowers or stripes would be a clash. I know its a design choice and really my decision but just wanted to know if you use a general rule for this kind of thing?
    Sew Helpful
    242cm is a "big blind" especially if it is your first time making roman blinds. We wouldn't go for the big blind. It is hard to comment on the number and split of blinds without seeing the room and window (its a design decision on what you think looks best). If you are making blinds for the bay fit the battens first with the approriate gaps between, then measure for the size of the blinds from faces of the fitted battens.

    Generally it is best to have worked out your wallpaper, paint and fabric scheme at the start all in one go before you do anything. It can be tricky to match and tie your fabric in later when you have  already picked the wallpaper and paint. This is really a personal decision, without seeing the room, windows, colours and sizes of the potential pattern blocks on the walls and windows relative to the plains it is impossible to say. (thats where a good interior designer earns their money). We just did a room with a large feature wall in Farrow and Ball wallpaper, Farrow and Ball matching paint and a large Plain fabric curtain that colour matched nicely. That did look good.

    As you are new to making blinds and going around a bay a plain is definateley an easier option as you do not have to match the pattern all the way around the bay across the blinds. If you want a little more than a plain you can always contrast trim along the edge or bottom to try and tie in some other colours. 
    marian
    I have completed 2 blinds using your tutorial which I have found to be very helpful. For the third blind, the finished width is 145cm but my fabric is 145cm wide so I will need to join two panels. Would you add 1 narrow strip on each side, or make up the width by using 3 equal panels?
    Sew Helpful
    With Patterned Fabric

    1. We would go for 2 edge strips.

    With Plain Fabric

    1. We would see if we could use the fabric horizontally if it looked ok and the drop could be contained within the fabric width to avoid joining.
    2. Consider a contrast border fabric.
    3. Go for edge strips rather than 3 panels.
    Saying that there are no rules if you think 3 panels look better go for that.

     
    Sally
    Hi there please can you help mr calculate fabrics required for a 187 drop for roman blinds width are 3 blinds are 86cm width 187 drop. 2 blinds 54cm width 187 drop pattern fabric.
    Sew Helpful
    I'm sorry we do not calculate quantities for people, there wouldn't be enough hours in the day if we started doing that. There are Free written tutorials on this website that explain fully how to calculate fabric quantities. We offer extra help to people following the tutorial.
    Victoria
    Hi,

    Really looking forward to making my blinds. Just a quick questions, my finished blind will measure 105.2cm in height and 158.7 in width. Is it possible to turn the fabric on it's side so I only need one piece of fabric? I'll use a plain coloured fabric.

    Thank in advance for your help.
    Sew Helpful
    Yes that will work, you'll avoid making any joins and require less fabric provided it is a standard width of approx 137cm.
    Victoria
    Yup, it's 150cm width. Thanks so much for your help.
    Philippa
    I've confused myself so much i have no idea and i'm getting annoyed with myself- please help :)!!
    My window measurements are 174cm (width) and 100cm (length, I was intending to add 10cm to the width (making it 184cm) and 30 cm to the length (making it 130cm). The material width is 144cm and a repeat pattern v:46.0cm (its a striped pattern which i would want to go horizontally across the window) I know there will be a join in the material so i'd like the blind made in to 3 sections (so that there isnt just one join down the middle if that makes sence!)incase that makes any difference. Any measurement help would be very much appeciated. Thank you in advanced
    Sew Helpful
    Your finished blind width is 184cm and finished blind drop is 130cm  to make the blind you will need a fabric panel 144cm drop and 194cm wide.

    Your question is a bit unclear when you talk about using the stripe horizontally. Is it a vertical stripe where you are you trying to use the fabric sideways to make it a horizontal  stripe so the width is fine and propose joining the fabric with horizontal joins rather than vertical? You talk about fabric width and vertical pattern repeat which would suggest the fabric has a horizontal stripe already though so we are not sure what you actually have and are wanting to do.
    rachel Jones
    Hello, I am trying to decide on a window dressing. I have a curved bay window and a rectangular one. Both have a window seat in them. The seat in the round bay window is used for a dining table so will be used when window dressings are closed. I worried curtains will be too bulky when drawn. can I make curtains that when pulled are quite flat, or do you think this would look odd ??
    Sew Helpful
    Blinds, pencil pleat and small double pleated lined curtains are your best options for reduced bulk. Interlined curtains would certainly be more bulky. It's not really something we can go into any detail on without looking at the room, window seats and windows. 
    Rachel Graham
    I have a plastic curtain rail with hooks, which did have a ruched blind fastened on to it. Can I adapt this to fit a Roman blind as I do not want to have to take this off leaving unsightly holes?
    Sew Helpful
    I don't know without seeing it. It will need hook velcro on the face and fixed eyelets at the bottom for the cord to pass through like this

    wooden Batten
    sharon
    Hi My material is patterned, 48 inches wide and my window is approx 6 ft. Would you only recommend using plain material horizontally?
    Sew Helpful
    The answer is further on in the tutorial in STEP 6. We always have a central panel with a strip joined each side.
    Lesley
    Hi
    I'm making a roman blind finished width 98cm 10 cm added on for side turnings.
    finished length is 89cm I have added 5cm for heading & 10cm on for the hem.
    the fabric is 131.5 cm.
    I have worked out I will need 1.04mt of fabric.is this correct, also do I have to worry about pattern repeatif I don't have to join widths.
    Sew Helpful
    Hi Lesley

    1.03m is the minimum fabric you would need to make the blind as you only need 9cm for the hem rather than 10cm. We would probably order a little extra  though as your fabric may not be cut straight and may need trimming square.

    Your question about not worrying about pattern repeat if not joining widths does raise a few points though (I will rewrite and clarify the instructions for the patterned fabric - good question).

    If you are making a single blind with no joined widths from a patterned fabric you do not need an adjusted cut drop and the fabric required will be the same as for a plain fabric*.

    If you are making only one blind and it requires joined widths you will need to use adjusted cut drops*. 

    If you are making more than one blind for the room and want all the blinds to start at the same point in the pattern (something we do ) you will need to use adjusted cut drops regardless of whether the blinds have joined widths or not*.

    *However if you want to place the pattern on the blind or blinds (usually so it falls nicely when the blind is in the up postion- something we do) You will need to add an extra vertical pattern repeat length of fabric to the fabric order to position the pattern. - Note only 1 pattern repeat NOT 1 per blind.




    Sheila Paul
    Hi, my fabric is 137cm but the window is 173cm, do I make two joinings on either side or just on one side? Hope to hear from you soon. Sheila.
    Sew Helpful
    We always make a balanced blind with a strip either side. This is covered in STEP 6 when you make up the fabric panel.

    Sheila Paul
    Thank you for your reply and advice, it's helped a lot. I have found yor site to be really 'helpful' working out the measurements for the roman blind I'm making. Thanks again. Sheila.
    sarah ness
    Silly question but looking to put up roman blinds in conservatory with no plans of actually having them down, therefore would I need enough material so they could be down or could I buy a smaller length so they are not too bulky but would be for a decorative effect only?
    Sew Helpful
    Yes you can make decorative blinds that do not function and reduce the number of folds to what you think will look right and therefore reduce your fabric requirements. You will also save by not needing mechanisms.
    Lynda
    I can't find any reference as to how many cords I need to pull up Roman blinds. I have a fabric width of 140cm - should there be a cord down each side and 2 or 3 spaced evenly across the width? Look forward to your reply so that I can get sewing!
    Sew Helpful
    You'll find the info in STEP 8 when you mark the positions of the rings. If you are using a blind kit I would use the number of cords supplied with the kit as each cord nowadays will  only take so much weight before the break outs release for child safety reasons.
    Sarah
    I am a little confused I have chosen a fabric for some roman blinds and they tell me the vertical repeat is 135cm? am I right in thinking I will only require 1 fabric width (fabric is 135 wide)as my window is 105cm wide by 125cm drop and a fabric drop of 139cm? therefore I would have to order 2m of fabric?
    Sew Helpful
    one width is fine, 139cm length is the minimum fabric you will need to make your blind if the finished length is 125cm. Any extra fabric would be used to position the pattern on the blind. Whether you would want to buy an extra 1.35m (full pattern repeat) to position the pattern depends on the style and pattern of the fabric.
    Anne
    Hi, I had some Roman Blinds made and the first fold seems quite big. When I have hung them they are making the room dark as they are so low. Is there an easy way to pull the blind higher??
    Many thanks
    Anne
    Sew Helpful
    I'm afraid we do not comment on blinds made by other retailers. You will need to go back to the company that made them.
    Anne
    Hi, I had some Roman Blinds made and the first fold seems quite big. When I have hung them they are making the room dark as they are so low. Is there an easy way to pull the blind higher??
    Many thanks
    Anne
    joy sherriff
    I am making 2 roman blinds for a wall window, each blind is 175cm wide. As I will need to join them would it be best to do it like a pair of curtains and put the join for the left blind on the left side of the main width and the join for the right blind on the right side as they will be hanging side by side.
    Sew Helpful
    Making 2 wide blinds hanging side by side is not something we would usually do. We make all our blinds with balanced joins either side (as in instructions) as they will look odd with the joins in unsymmetrical places when hanging individually.

    The design decision is yours though. 
    Amy
    Hello! I'm making a long blind 130x240 using plain fabric which is 147 wide. Is there anything that I should be aware of if I use the fabric horizontally and not vertically to avoid joins. Thank you kindly :-)
    Sew Helpful
    No, if you are happy with the grain and the way the fabric looks hanging horizontally it will work and save you 2 joins and some fabric.
    Nicola
    Just wondering what is the best type of fabric to use. Should a choose a curtain fabric or can I use 100% cotton?
    Sew Helpful
    We tend to use natural fabrics (linens and cottons) rather than synthetic to make up blinds. 
    Caroline
    Hi, I'm making 2 roman blinds and 1 pair of curtains which will go in the same room on adjacent walls. Should I place the pole for the curtains at the same height as the top of the roman blinds and therefore have the top of the fabric on the curtains hanging lower than the top of the fabric for the romans (still keeping the pattern in line) or should I have all the fabric at the same height which means the curtain pole would be higher than the top of the romans. What would you do ? many thanks Caroline
    Sew Helpful
    There are lots of factors when deciding what to do. There are no rules , we just try to work out what we think will look best, which we couldn't do unless we were in the room and got a feel for it.

    Factors to consider.
    Are the window heights the same?
    How much room do you have above each window to the ceiling?

    We normally place a blind 10cm above the recess (for an outside the recess blind), We normally but poles half way between the recess and the ceiling (where recess to ceiling is about 30cm). 

    We would look to get the top of the curtain in line with the top of the blinds (ie pole slightly higher) and if possible the vertical pattern on the blinds and curtains the same height around the room. But not at the expense of placing the pole or blind at an odd height.
     
    Chloe
    Hi, I’m attempting to make a roman blind for my bedroom, my window is 180cm wide x 120cm drop. The fabric that I want to use has is 140cm wide and has a pattern repeat of 62cm. I think I will need 310cm of fabric. Is this correct?

    Thanks Chloe
    Sew Helpful
    Hi Chloe

    I'm afraid we don't make calculations for people. We would just turn into a 24hr calculation service.

    3.10m is not right though it doesn't look like you are calculating an adjusted cut drop, which you need because you have fabric joins in your blind .

    In your example you are going to need 2 drops of fabric. Because the fabric has a pattern they need to be Adjusted Cut Drops (ACDs). So as per the instructions First work out what your normal "Fabric Cut Drop" is

     Fabric Cut Drop = Blind length + 5cm Heading allowance + 9cm Hem allowance

    then increase the " Fabric Cut Drop" figure up to the next number of whole pattern repeats to get your "Adjusted Cut Drop". eg 2 pattern repeats would be 124cm 3 pattern repeats 186cm etc. That is effectively what the method above to calculate the Adjusted Cut Drop is doing.

    So you will need 2 Adjusted Cut Drops (that would be the absolute minimum amount of fabric to make the blind). However we also add in 1 pattern repeat extra (62cm in your case) to position the pattern on the blind.


    Abi
    So does that mean in this example

    Fabric cut drop = 120cm Blind Length + 5cm Heading + 9cm Hem =134cm

    Adjusted Cut drop = 186cm (3 pattern repeats)

    Fabric total = 2 Adjusted cut drops + 1 Pattern repeat
                     = 186 +186 + 62
                     = 434cm
    Sew Helpful
    Yes!!!
    Jane Openshaw
    Hi I am making three blinds for a bay window. For the central, wider blind the fabric width is 8cm narrower than I would prefer because I would like the blinds to hang side by side with very little gap between them due to draught issues. For this to be possible I should really add 4cm to each side of the central blind.
    Will this side addition cause the blind to hang/fold badly?
    Should I re-position the vertical seams closer to the middle of the blind?
    Should I hang the three blinds with gaps between them and narrow those gaps by widening the two side blinds?
    Many thanks
    Jane
    Sew Helpful
    We would add the 4cm to each side, the blind will fold and hang normally. You can't reposition the seams closer to the middle as you need to join the fabric selvedge to selvedge. 

    If the fabric is a plain can you use it sideways on all the blinds, so you don't need any joins? If the drop is too much you won't be able to do this.

    Should I hang the three blinds with gaps between them and narrow those gaps by widening the two side blinds? - This is a design decision that can only be made by looking at the window and making a judgement. 
    HELEN
    Thank you for all your helpful iformation- however I am being hopeless and stil cant work out how much fabric I need for 2 Roman blinds. The fabric is 137 cm wide and the pattern repeat is 45cm. The windows are 160cm wide and 145cm long and 117cm wide and 168cm long. I would be so grateful if you could help. Many thanks.
    Sew Helpful
    Im sorry Helen we don't make calculations for people. We would sit here all day doing it if we did. We've made a new roman blind fabric calculator that is nearly ready but not fully released yet. You can see if that helps.

    Blind Fabric Calculator
    wendy
    I am attempting a sheer (voile) roman blind for the first time. I will make the rod pockets out of the voile as per your instructions. Do I just need to hand sew the side seams with a stab stitch and do the bottom hem as normal?
    Sew Helpful
    Sorry we can't help here these instructions are for a lined Roman blind not a unlined voile blind.
    Gilly
    Hi I am making roman blind for bay 250 cm wide and 128cm drop. Could I use material horizontally instead of joining two drops?
    Sew Helpful
    You can use fabric horizontally and we have done it many times with plain fabric on blinds. Check you are happy with the way the grain and weave looks when sideways.

    The width of your fabric will need to be wider than the cut drop of the fabric. Remember that is blind drop plus the hem and heading allowances. that will be 128 + 5 + 9 =142cm.

    You are going to have to check the width of the fabric, most fabric is usually 137cm wide (which wouldn't be enough). 
    Gilly
    Hi I am making roman blind for bay 250 cm wide and 128cm drop. Could I use material horizontally instead of joining two drops?
    Mary
    Hi
    I am making a roman blind for my rustic Spanish property. It is a large window 6ft by 6ft. Adjacent to it I have a single paned door - the pane to cover is 2ft x 5ft. Does a Roman blind work on a door or do you have any other suggestion.

    Secondly, as the window gets a good deal of intense sunlight what would you recommend as a lining fabric.
    Sew Helpful
    You can put blinds over doors but consider the following.

    Where do you intend to fix the roman blind?
    Will your door be able to open and close without hitting the mechanism?
    Will a blind when up restrict head height when you walk through the door?
    Will it comply with child safety regulations? 

    We use 100% cotton and blackout linings and have had no trouble with sunlight damage. But that is in the UK, we dont have experience with the Spanish sun. 
    Vina Patel
    I would like to make cascading roman blind and trying to work out number of folds. actual drop is 160cm finished length
    Sew Helpful
    Have you tried using the "Roman Blind Cascading Folds Calculator" on the website?
    Fiona
    I made a small Roman blind last year following your tutorials which were excellent. I was really delighted with it. I'm now going to make one which is 160cm wide. I know I will need to join a panel on either side of the main panel. Should I cut each side panel to the required with (including seam allowances) before joining or should I join panels and then trim to get the required cut width of fabric? Thank you.
    Sew Helpful
    Definately join first then trim down to size afterwards.
    Heather
    Hi, I am making 2 Roman blinds. I require 158 cm of fabric for each blind and am 10cm short of the fabric I have. Would it be possible to make the top and bottom hems slightly shorter on each to save buying another length of fabric? Why does the bottom hem have to be 9cm rather than 5cm like the top? Thanks
    Sew Helpful
    The bottom hem is a double fold to enclose the bottom bar that is why it is 9cm. 

    If you dont want to buy new fabric and make it the way we do in the workshop, you may get away with attaching some lining to the bottom to form the bottom hem (assuming you are 5cm short for each blind not 10cm). This will not be as good as doing it properly and leave a join on the back, but you wont see it from the front. (note you will lose some length joining so make sure you have enough fabric to get the join on the back not the face of the blind.)
    John Stewarts
    Hello, thanks for this tutorial, I have made a plain blind using it and it's been really helpful. I am now challenging myself to make two other blinds with a patterned fabric. The fabric pattern has a vertical repeat of 31.1 cm and a horizontal repeat of 15.24 cm. I am slightly confused as to what repeat to use for the fabric calculations... does that depend on the orientation of the fabric that I will chose? Ideally I would like to use the vertical repeat, but considering that the finished blinds measurements are 164Wx130L and 133Wx132L centimetres, how much fabric do you think I should order? I have come up with 7 Metres in total. Thanks in advance for any tip!
    Sew Helpful
    You use the vertical pattern repeat assuming you are hanging the fabric vertically.

    I'm afraid we do not make calculations for people. (we would be flooded with requests) 
    linda frost
    Which size blinds would work out the best:-
    2 blinds 127 cm wide by 205cm drop or 4 blinds 73.5 cm wide by 205 cm drop. Just a little concerned that 2 blinds made of a firm weight good quality cotton with cotton linings might be difficult to operate with the weight?
    Sew Helpful
    The number of blinds depends on the design of the window. (design choice),

    Generally with 2 panels go with 2, 3 panels go with 3 etc.

    As for the weight, a good quality headrail mechanism should work, You may need a geared mechanism, they should advise what weight they can pull up.
    Jane Barnett-Roberts
    Hi, I am attempting to make roman blinds following this site. I have been warned that roman blinds on a big sash window with a 160 drop will block out a lot of light when pulled up. Is this something I should worry about?!
    Jane
    Sew Helpful
    We've made blinds in that size window before and the customer was happy. I suppose it depends on your preferences. You can always have more rod pockets and a smaller top section when pulled up. Look at our online calculator to see what kind of top section depth you can get. Then decide if that is blocking out too much light for you. 

    On some windows you can mount the  blind outside the recess so it starts higher up and blocks out less light as well. As usual these are design decisions you need to make at the start and be happy they will look right for the window.

    When you have worked out what size your blind will be when pulled up you can always hang a panel that size up at the window and see if you will be happy with it. 
    Karen Procter
    Hi
    Got everything to make my blind apart from a set square & I can't seem to find one anywhere!!!

    Found a company on ebay but they've let me down.

    Please can you advise me.
    Thanks
    Karen
    Sew Helpful
    try merrick and day online
    Sandra Barnes
    Got mine from Eastman Staples on line.
    Helen
    Hello, thanks for all the wealth of information on these pages and in the videos.
    My daughter has bought fabric that she fell in love with for me to make her a lined Roman blind, but it's only the finished blind width plus 4cm, instead of the 8cm I need (I'm using blackout lining). It's too expensive to buy the same amount again. Can I join a 2cm binding tape (bias binding?) to each side of the face fabric and then slipstitch the other edge of the tape to the lining?
    Sew Helpful
    In the workroom we would

    a. Purchase the correct amount of fabric. Or
    b. Add a contrast border to each side.

    if neither option is possible you can add lining to each side as it will be folded behind the blind.

    Sandra Barnes
    My window measures 175cm wide x 150 drop. Can you suggest the most cost efficient way to to join the fabric please? I realise there will have to be joins down either side. I can turn the fabric round so that I buy 2 metres for the 175+10cm width but still have the problem of the 150 cm drop +9cm+5cm, where the join will come across the bottom. Hope this makes sense.
    Thank you.
    wendy younane
    Hi, I am making a blind to match two others in a bedroom. I am short of fabric (plain) and need to run the fabric horizontally with a join. Please can you let me know if there are any problems with doing this? thank you
    Sew Helpful
    We would not make a blind that way in the workshop.
    Sarah
    When calculating the drop, do you need to allow extra fabric for the rod pockets?
    Sew Helpful
    No the rod pockest are made from the lining or with rod pocket tape attached to the lining. That is covered later when you calculate lining quantities in the next STEP.
    Hannah
    I need to make a waterfall roman blind with a 10" border - I would like the 10" border to be visible when the blind is up - how do I calculate where to place the rod pockets to achieve this - is there a formula
    Sew Helpful
    Try using our cascading roman blind calculator on the website.

    https://www.sew-helpful.com/cascading_blind_calculator.php 
    Elizabeth
    Roman blind width 212cm and drop 112cm. Is it ok to place lining across the way as its width is more than the finished drop of my fabric - would save joining and also save on amount of lining needed - just not sure if you can place two materials together with different grains...
    Sew Helpful
    If the width of the lining is less than the required lining  cut drop, using it sideways (railroading) would avoid joins. We have done this many times with the linings we use.
    Mimi
    I want to make a roman blind for a bedroom window using material from curtains from another bedroom. They would need to have a join as the curtain length is shorter than the window where the roman blind is needed.Is it possible to make a join across the blind to add length?
    Sew Helpful
    It can be done but we would never do that.
    nik
    hi, is the 5cm heading allowance you mention to add the same thing as the 7.9cm headrail allowance im going to be using?
    ty
    Sew Helpful
    No

    The heading allowance is the extra fabric or lining you need to fold over at the top of the blind when you make it.

    The Headrail allowance is a figure you need when calculating the spacing of the folds. It is the extra space you need at the top of the blind so the rings don't hit the rail when the blind is pulled up. There is a BLOG article that explains headrail allowance in detail.
    Sarah W
    I want to make roman blinds for my kitchen, outside the window recess. The drop is 100cm I and wonder how high I can reasonably site the blinds above the window to give me maximum light, (there is only 23cm between the top of the window recess and the coving). I noted in one of the responses that I could insert more rods to make the folds smaller and if I did so, how many would you suggest?
    Sew Helpful
    This is a design decision and you really have to just decide what you think will look best.

    There is a blog post (Placing the pattern on a blind) in our BLOG that has a video where Cindy talks through the placing and sizing of the blind relative to the pattern.

    There is some good information there about the thought process for deciding the blinds placement and top section sizing that is just as relevant for a plain fabric.
    Catherine Horn
    Hello, really great instructions. I am trying to use some fabric that I already have for this project however my width is 4cm too short. Can I get away with 3cm side hems?
    Thank you
    Sew Helpful
    You can (not best practice), You will probably be better off maing the lining wider (only 1cm gap down each side)
    serena longhurst
    Where can i buy blind tape from? for pockets..
    Sew Helpful
    Try Merrick and Day
    Sarah Rooke
    Hi, thanks for the calculation help. I'm making 3 blinds 110x200cm (big windows!). Do you think I'm ok with standard velcro baton/mechanism? Thanks
    Sew Helpful
    We have made them that size with velcro baten before no problem. Nowadays though we would use a mechanism with child breakouts due to new safety rules.

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