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 8: Make the Heading
    Printable Worksheet
    Printable Worksheet

    If you are using 2cm deep velcro and/or don't have buckram please read the EXTRA INSTRUCTIONS at the bottom of the page before proceeding.

    INSERT THE BUCKRAM

    1. Cut a length of buckram 5cm deep and 14cm longer than the width of the blind.
    2. Lay the blind fabric side down, lining up.
    3. At the top, cut the lining and fabric so they extend 2cm above the top of the velcro (5cm if you are using 2cm velcro and 5cm buckram).
    4. Lay the buckram on the lining, along the bottom of the velcro.
    5. Leave 7cm of buckram protruding each side of the blind.
    6. Fold in the protruding buckram at each side of the blind.(trim ends square and fold in 3mm from fabric side)
    7. Fold the fabric and lining over the top of the buckram to encase it
    8. Tuck the excess lining and fabric under the buckram and pin.

    PRO TIP: Don't use your best fabric scissors for cutting the buckram.

    Included in this video
    • What buckram we like to use.

    STITCH THE HEADING

    1. Ladder stitch the end closed.
    2. Slip stitch the bottom of the heading to the lining.
    3. Ladder stitch the other end closed.
    Included in this video
    • Hiding the thread end starting the ladder stitch
    • What thread to use.

    CUT THE HEADRAIL TO SIZE

    1. Cut the headrail 0.5cm narrower than the width of the blind.
    Included in this video
    • How to avoid bending the metal axle when cutting.
    • The best tool for cutting the headrail.

      EXTRA INSTRUCTIONS

    NO BUCKRAM

    If you do not have any buckram to insert into the header:

    • Lay the blind fabric side down, lining up.
    • At the top, cut the lining and fabric so they extend 2cm above the top of the velcro .
    • Fold the fabric and lining over the top along the bottom line of the velcro.
    • Tuck the excess lining and fabric under the velcro and pin in place along the width of the heading.

    Then ladder stitch the ends and slip stitch the bottom as in the instructions above.

    If you have used 2cm velcro rather than 5cm velcro you will have 5cm of fabric above the velcro.

    USING 2CM VELCRO WITH 5CM BUCKRAM

    Follow the tutorial instructions. You will have 2cm of velcro and 3cm of fabric on the header on the back of the blind when the header is formed.

    USING 2CM VELCRO NO BUCKRAM

    • Lay the blind fabric side down, lining up.
    • At the top, cut the lining and fabric so they extend 2cm above the top of the velcro .
    • Fold the fabric and lining over the top along the bottom line of the velcro.
    • Tuck the excess lining and fabric under the velcro and pin in place along the width of the heading.

    Then ladder stitch the ends and slip stitch the bottom as in the instructions above.

    Included in this video
    • What the header of the blind will look like using 2cm Velcro-With Buckram.
    • What the header of the blind will look like using 2cm Velcro-No Buckram.

    TRADITIONAL WOODEN BATTEN - PULL CORD

    • Cut the wooden batten 1cm to 0.5cm shorter than the finished width of the blind.
    • Cover the batten with lining or fabric depending on whether the batten will be seen when the blind is mounted and fix with staples.
    • Attach the adhesive hook tape (velcro) to the front of the batten along it's whole length. Also staple the tape on for extra strength.
    • Screw the brass eyelets into the base of the batten.
      • One at the end you wish to pull the blind cord from.
      • One 10cm from each end of the batten, then evenly across the batten at no more than 35cm intervals.
    Included in this video
    • How to cover a wooden batten.

    Your Questions & Comments

    Sarah

    Is there a reason that you use Velcro at the top rather than just stapling the fabric to the top batten?

    SewHelpful:
    Everyone makes roman blinds differently. We no longer use batons in the professional workshop due to EU regs on child blind safety so always use a mechanism - the blind cannot be stapled to it.
    There is no reason why you can’t staple to the baton though if you prefer - you will need to make it longer and staple it to the top of the baton. We do not do this as feel it does not give a professional finish and makes batons difficult to attach particularly if fitted within the recess.
    Anne Richardson

    Thank you so much for this excellent tutorial. I can't believe how good my blind is looking. I am currently stitching the velcro by hand as shown in the last tutorial but its hard going on my fingers. I'm using a self threading needle size 9. Can I ask what needle you use or would recommend?

    SewHelpful:

    Are you watching the videos? We don't stitch through the velcro, we stitch to the fabric just below it. As for the needle it's personal preference but we like using long darning needle.


    Buckram Needle

    Lynne

    Ive been following your instructions -blind looking great so far!

    Please can you tell me do the stab stitches go through both the lining and the fabric ?

    Many thanks

    SewHelpful:

    Yes they do to hold the blind together. The video fully explains and demonstrates how to stab stitch the blind.

    Sheelagh

    I am using your very helpful instructions to make three Roman blinds for a bay window. I would ask you to clarify 'stab stitches' I assume this attaches the blind material to the lining at the rod pockets and goes through all layers. I just want to check that I have it right! Many thanks

    SewHelpful:

    Yes the stab stitch goes all the way through to the face fabric but you try to make it show as little as possible. The video shows you in detail how to stitch it and how little of the stitch you want to show.

    Sarah Davies

    I have bought your video and found it great for making my first blind, I couldn't do your rod pickets as I had thermal lining so made my own little pockets out of a different lining and stitched them on, I didn't get them quite as straight as I wanted to and my top rod pocket is about 5ml wider than the rest, I have tried to correct it as best as possible. When I come to stitch on my rings should I put them where the rod pocket should be on the top rod pocket or keep it 5ml out ? Also is 3 strings ok for a 117cm width blind ?

    SewHelpful:

    At the moment there are instructions written in red in the tutorial that tell you how to make the blind with rod pocket tape rather than traditional integral pockets. (They drop down if you click on them).

    You attach the tape with one line of stitching NOT 2  lines, as the blind is pulled up on the stitch line of the pocket. With rod pocket tape you would usually have canvas loops in it for attaching breakout rings or threading the cord. With your homemade tape attach the rings/breakouts as we do in the tutorial.

    As for things being 5mm out and adjusting the ring position, we would remake to make sure it is not 5mm out and everything is consistent rather than start moving things around. ( so have no experience of that to offer- but it sounds like it might work). 

    As as for the number of cords, this is covered in STEP 8 (stab stitching & attaching rings). We recommend the number of rings/cords there and their spacing. If you are using a Blind kit mechanism, use the number of cords provided and space accordingly (as in many countries now they have breakouts and each cord will only be able to pull so much weight before breaking away.)

    Annette

    Hi....2 queries please!

    1. I'm assuming the Velcro tape is machined onto face fabric only, and not thru to lining?

    2. My blind is 57cm wide....not sure whether to do 2 or 3 cord drops?

    Loving the instructions, many thanks!

    SewHelpful:

    You could probably get away with 2 cord drops on a traditional blind, but if you have a chain headrail go for the number of drops it was supplied with as it will probably have breakouts and each cord will only be able to take so much weight.

    All the stitching and construction is shown in great detail in the videos.

    Angela

    When slip stitching the heading to the blind, should the stiches go all the way through to the front of the fabric or just stitched to the lining?

    Thank you

    SewHelpful:

    Full details of the construction method and stitches are shown in detail in the videos.

    Marianne

    am now ready to put in stab stitches and rings. The blind is 114 cm wide. If I follow your instructions I will have a ring at 10cm from edge, either side, then 2 more in between and 31.3cm apart. That means I will end up with 4 strings to hold the blind up. Is that ok or a bit excessive? Thanks for your help

    SewHelpful:

    That is the number we recommend and would use, especially if you have break outs that can only take so much tension on each cord. Most 120cm blind kits come with 4 cords. (with a mechanism we would use the number of cords supplied with it.)

    Of course you can make it with less if you like, but  the blinds are stiffer to pull up if you put too much weight on a cord. It will depend on the weight of your fabric/blind friction of the cords/eyelets you use etc.

    Kathy King

    Hi -

    when you attach the rings do you attach just to the rod pocket? or how do you do this? I understand the stab stitches in between the rings but confused as to how to attach rings and stab stitch at same time (with rod pocket in the way)

    SewHelpful:

    You Stab stitch first, insert the rods then sew the rings onto the rod pockets after. All the stitches are demonstrated in detail in the videos.

    Julia Savory

    As a more or less complete beginner, I find these instructions informative, clear and easy to follow. The only thing I wish you'd show is how you handle blinds that are too big for your table. I'm using the floor but finding it all very painful on my back!

    SewHelpful:

    In the early days we bought a board and covered it with lining and put it on top of the dining room table to give us enough surface to work with at a more comfortable height. (I appreciate that is not possible for everyone)

    Jayne

    Thank you for your invaluable, detailed tutorial. I have used rod pocket tape so do I lift the tape up to put my stab stitches underneath the tape or do I put the stab stitches above the tape please?

    SewHelpful:

    We stitch through the tape on the stitch line you attached the rod pocket to the lining. This is the point the cords will be pulling on the blind as it is pulled up.

    Linda

    Will i get the best by stab stitching with my material flat on the table or hanging the material of a frame

    SewHelpful:

    We stab stitch on the table, all details are in the videos.

    Ruth Walton

    Hi

    I have nearly finished making my lined blind. I have used rod pocket tape but this is only stitched on to the lining. Should this row of stitching holding it on go right through to the front fabric? The kit has little clips for the cord so these don't even go through any fabric.

    SewHelpful:

    With our method we dont stitch through to the face fabric with the rod pockets. We stab stitch the layers together, which is the last job on this page of the tutorial.

    Amanda

    Hi

    I have been following your videos making a lined blind with rod pockets. I have purchased a metal mechanism rail with which has 5 cord drops. My blind is 128cm long, spacing out the rings would make stab stitches req for rings at 10, 37, 64, 91 and 118 cm. This leaves 27cm gaps, would you add stab stitches in between - at 13.5 cm intervals which is less than you minimum, but if I don't the gaps will be greater than your maximum gap.

    Thanks for any advice you can give me.

    SewHelpful:

    Yes always stab stitch more rather than less, we would stab stitch inbetween the rings.

    Sharon

    Hi

    I am using rod pocket tape, could you tell me do I stab stitch above, below or underneath the rod pocket tape? Also should I stab stitch every 10cm across as I don't need to use rings?

    Finally, should I stab stitch along the fold line? Great videos and instructions, blind looking good so far. Many thanks

    SewHelpful:

    Stab stitch on the stitch line in the places specified in the instructions. As you are not sewing on rings, stab stitch at the points where there would have been rings.

    Sheila

    Hi

    Great tutorial! Found it most helpful as I have never made a roman blind before. Just one query, do I I need to stab stitch underneath the heading.?

    Many thanks.

    SewHelpful:

    No

    Joanna

    Hello......I have made many roman blinds and like using your instructions and calculators.

    One problem I always seem to have is that the velcro always seems to pull the top of the blind in so that the blind ends up a few mm narrower at the top....any ideas?

    SewHelpful:

    Walking foot on the machine will help with that.

    Joanna

    Thanks for tip of walking foot, hunted mine out having never used it and it's awesome, also for sewing rod pockets, used to find these stretched out of shape before. Thanks so much!

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