Thank you for the very instructive videos. I am currently stitching the lining to the main fabric. I am using pocket rod tape. Could you advise me as to what to do with the open end of the tape? Do I tuck the end in or leave open? I can slide the rods in as the tape has openings along it. Many thanks
This is covered in STEP 10 after you have inserted the rods
I would love a set square like yours with the extra marking and your rectangular ruler too. I have searched the internet and can't find them. What are they called or where can I get them? Thanks
There are links to buy the set square and ruler in the tools guide near the start of the tutorial. Here are the links
I'm really finding the videos very useful. This is my first roman blind and I'm being ambitious and using interlining. I was told to do so because the front fabric is linen and the lining is a reversible heavy cotton. I've seen elsewhere guidance to loosely slipstich the interlining to the back of the fabric first. Can I do this and then continue with step 7 - joining fabric to lining?
You can do that if you like there is more than one technique to make a blind.
Further to my previous message I have just found another tutorial of yours which includes interlining instructions. I've bought the wrong tutorial but would appreciate any instruction you can give me as a novice.
Hi, I am making a lined roman blind with a velvet face fabric. I am finding that the velvet looks to have puckering parks along the sides, i have pulled it apart 3 times now and they're still there!! Do you have any thoughts as to why they are there and how I can get rid of them? Thank you!
Can you post a picture
I am going to make my first blinds for two windows in a bedroom. The blinds will be outside of the recess and need to be 134 cm wide to cover the windowsills. I have a third window in the bedroom that I am going to make the same blind for. This window will need a blind 78cm wide to cover the windowsill. To avoid joining lengths of fabric (which is 137cm wide) can I use 1.5cm seam allowances on the 134cm wide blinds and have the fabric and lining join exactly on the sides or could I use the excess material from the third blind to simply add narrow edging strips to the 134cm blinds? These strips would only be visible from the back of the blind, the ends of which will be hidden by the walls they hang down, and so pattern matching won't matter. I would be very grateful for your thoughts. I am trying to avoid having to buy double the amount of material.
This is a really good question. If I was making these blinds for a customer I would make them wider than 134 cm (as outside the recess so you have some flexibility with width) and join a strip down each side. Alternatively I would offer the option of having a contrast border down each side which you can make to your desired width to make the panel up to 134 cm plus side turns. However, I understand that these blinds are for yourself and you want to avoid buying extra fabric. In this instance I would definitely not reduce the side turns to 1.5cm. Your second option of joining a strip down each side to create your side fold would be preferable but not something I would want to do as you will see the join on the side. Like I say, these blinds are for personal use so it boils down to how worried you will be by the finished look not being quite right. In my experience, sometimes you have to make a compromise but best to avoid if possible for a satisfactory and professional finish. Let us know which option you went for and we'd love to see the finished blinds. Good luck!
I’ve stitch the sides together do I still need to stitch along where the rod pockets are will the right side sag if I don’t. Thankypu
You stab stitch the lining to the fabric later in the making process to hold the layers together.
Is the slip stitch done by hand or on the machine?
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.
hi im not good hand stitching can i machine lining to fabric with right sides together then turn and press
If you try this you will stitch the rod pocket ends up and will not be able to get the rods in.
if i am using rod pocket tape can the lining and fabric be machine stitched together
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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??
Yes we stab stitch a which is explained in the next step.
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?
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?
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)?
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
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
when you're slip stiching...are you actually taking a tiny bit of the face fabric which faces out - as well as obviously taking some of the face fabric which faces inside?
The slip stitching is shown in detail in the videos.
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?
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
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?
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).
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 ?
You dont stitch the pocket ends closed at this stage. Have you watched the videos?
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...?
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.
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!
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)
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?
Undo and remake.
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
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.