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 7: Join Fabric Panel to Lining
    Printable Worksheet
    Printable Worksheet
    • Put the fabric right side down and clamp the bottom onto the table.
    • Smooth the fabric out then place the lining on top (lining right side up). There should be a 2cm margin of fabric down each side of the blind.
    • Smooth the lining out and adjust it so the bottom rod pocket is the correct distance up from the bottom of the fabric.
    • Fold the double hem up with the lining and fabric together, check the bottom rod pocket is the correct distance up from the bottom of the blind. (adjust lining if necessary)
    • Pin the lining to the fabric and check the rod pockets are square to the fabric sides and all the correct distance from the bottom.
    • Sew the lining in with a slip stitch down each side. Stop the slip stitch approx 1cm below where the top of the blind will be on each side. (note you will have excess fabric at the top at this stage)
    • Sew the top of the hem into place along the top with a slip stitch (not through to the front). Leave the sides open so the bottom bar can be inserted later.
    This video shows you
    • How to align the fabric and lining.
    • How to check the position of the rod pockets.
    • How we pin the lining and fabric together .
    • How to slip stitch.
    • How to start and finish your stitches.
    • How and why we slip stitch in sections rather than one continuos length.

    Your Questions & Comments

    Ros

    Is the slip stitch done by hand or on the machine?

    Thanks!

    SewHelpful:

    Hi Ros

    The slip stitch is done by hand, be careful not to stitch through to the face of the blind. The stitching is shown in detail in the videos.

    Sue

    hi im not good hand stitching can i machine lining to fabric with right sides together then turn and press

    SewHelpful:

    If you try this you will stitch the rod pocket ends up and will not be able to get the rods in.

    Sue

    if i am using rod pocket tape can the lining and fabric be machine stitched together

    SewHelpful:

    Sounds like it should work, but we have never made a blind that way so can not really advise you on how to do it.

    Of course there are many ways to make a blind and we wish you well if you choose to adapt our instructions. If you decide to sew the rod pockets on afterwards through to the face fabric take great care they are square on and you sew a straight line.

    Margaret Alexander

    I would prefer to join top fabric and lining right sides together And then turn right side out. That way the stitches dont show, then apply rod pocket tape. The only thing is. I dont know how much wider the top fabric should be and how much of a seam allowance so that the width us correct. Do you have any suggestions. Thank you

    SewHelpful:

    Hi Margaret 
    The advice and help we offer is based on our tutorials and the tried and tested methods we use on a daily basis. The bag method you are using is not a way we make blinds for many reasons and as such we do not have any advice  to offer on techniques or seam allowances.

    Tricia

    I have laid the face fabric right side down and then placed the lining right side up, on top. The edge of the face fabric matches the lining on one side, but on the other, I have a 4 cm overlap. Could you please confirm whether or not the 2cm margin is referring to the lining (explaining why I have the 4cm overlap), or if it refers to the 2cm hem we placed on the lining earlier? Many thanks.

    SewHelpful:

    The lining panel is 4cm narrower than the fabric panel. It is positioned in the middle so there is 2cm of fabric showing down each side. The video shows you how to position it.

    Judy

    when i have made blinds before, I have attached the lining to the blind just underneath each rod pocket (machine stitched) which i have found really difficult! is there an effective way of doing this by hand, or is it really necessary at all??

    SewHelpful:

    Yes we stab stitch a which is explained in the next step.

    Annette

    Hello

    Am about to join face and lining fabrics..... is there a reason why you couldn't sew them wrong sides together, and so 'sandwich/hide' the rod pockets between the 2 fabrics?

    Thanks

    SewHelpful:

    There is more than one way to make a roman blind. Our method is a tried and tested hand stitched method that we believe gives the best finish. If you sandwich the rod pockets inside the blind how are you going to put the rods in later?

    Kate

    When attaching the lining to the fabric do you lay the lining over the blind fabric and slip stich the bottom of the lining hem to the bottom edge of the fabric. Or do you fold it all up together to create the pocket for the bottom bar, (lining inside the fabric hem)?

    SewHelpful:

    Re-read the instructions above you may have missed a bit. You'll see you don't "slip stitch the bottom of the lining hem to the bottom edge of the fabric"

    you basically

    1. Fold the double hem up with the lining and fabric together. yes (lining inside the fabric hem)
    2. Sew the lining in with a slip stitch down each side.
    3. Sew the top of the hem into place along the top with a slip stitch

    All shown in detail in the videos

    Marianne

    Hi, I am making roman blinds for the first time and I am finding your video and instructions very useful, thank you! I am now ready to join the lining to the fabric but both lining and fabric match exactly; I don't have 2cm spare either side, does that matter?

    SewHelpful:

    You have gone wrong somewhere following the instructions. We would remake the lining to the correct width rather than try and sew it on the back. 

    Katie

    Hi, Thanks for the awesome instructions. Just getting everything sorted in my head before I start. I am cutting blind fabric to finished width + 10cm and cutting lining to width. This would leave 5cm on each side rather than 2cm...am I missing a step?

    SewHelpful:

    The fabric and lining are folded in different amounts.

    Step 5 - fold the lining sides in 2cm (the lining panel is then 4cm narrower than the blind width)
    Step 6 - fold the fabric sides in 5cm (the fabric panel will then be the width of the blind).
     

    Lesley

    i have made the rod pockets out of the lining as described, when i hand stitch the lining to the fabric how will i get the rods in if sides stitched down ?

    SewHelpful:

    You dont stitch the pocket ends closed at this stage. Have you watched the videos?

    Julia Savory

    Thanks for the great tutorial. Getting a nice crisp finish!

    Can you tell me where you get your clamps from. Thanks.

    SewHelpful:

    You should be able to find them on ebay.

    Karen Long

    Hi,

    I’ve made a few blinds now following your instructions which are great thank you! However, I’m a bit puzzled over one step. I cut the width of the lining to the width of the finished blind. When joining the fabric to the lining your instructions state that there should be a 2cm margin of fabric...I always have 5cm each side as that is the turn allowance for each side...?...am I doing my measurements wrong...?

    SewHelpful:

    The comment is referring to the fabric showing after the lining has been laid onto the fabric.

    The fabric is the width of the blind after 5cm is turned in on each side. The lining panel (with it's 2cm side turns) is 4cm narrower than the fabric. When you lay the lining on the fabric there will be a 2cm border of fabric showing on each side.

    The video shows the checking of 2cm on each side when positioning the lining on the fabric.

    Shelby

    I have made the lining and pressed the main fabric, but the lining is just a smidgen smaller than the main fabric. Do I repress the main fabric with wider allowances so that the two will match up? I think the width will still be ok, as I allowed for a little extra. I am not sure how this happened!

    SewHelpful:

    The width of the fabric being the width of the blind is the most important thing. The lining should not be the same width as the fabric when the side turns are folded in,  there should be a 2cm gap down each side. (See step 2 on this page)

    Daphne

    Hello,

    My first time at making a blind and your instructions are brilliantly detailed and helpful. I've just spotted an error in my work though and wonder if you could help. Lining and face all make, rod pockets sewn on and slip stitched sides. However I've just realised the hem at the bottom is very small, more or less the same size as the bottom bar and there is loads of spare fabric at the top. Is there any way around this or do I need to undo the slip stitch at the side and move the whole lining up along the face fabric?

    Thanks

    Daphne

    SewHelpful:

    Undo and remake.

    Jay

    I have my main fabric and lining fabric cut and squared off, all seams ironed in etc. I have sewn 3 rod pockets into the lining (on the right side of the lining) I turned in the side hems and hand sewed the lining and main fabric together as instructed.....as I was doing this it became apparent that the rod pockets will be sewn downwards.....PLUS into the side seams, So ive definitely gone wrong somewhere? Im sure i dont need to split the rod pockets to insert the rods as this would look messy. Im using this method as appears cheaper than my old method of buying rod tape. But im stumped and have reread the instructions and cant see where ive gone wrong ;-( thank you

    SewHelpful:

    It sounds like you have

    a) done it in the wrong order, If you look at the instructions you fold in the side turns and hem of the lining, THEN sew in the rod pockets,

    Or I suspect more likely

    b) when you have sewn the lining on to the fabric you have sewn the end of the rod pockets to the fabric. It sounds like you have done this  as you say  (it became apparent that the rod pockets will be sewn downwards) which is WRONG! that is not in the instructions. You do not sew the ends of the rod pockets.

    Have you watched the videos they show everything in great detail.

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