Making a Roman blind…part 2. Finished!

I am done. Finished. Complete. The Roman blind is up and not looking too shabby.

finished roman blind

My key mistake (and quite a fundamental one) was no dowel rods. So lots of hand sewing later, and I was able to attach the dowel rods to the blind, re-string and hang. Yey!

So I thought I’d recap for my own benefit, and anyone who may find this on the internet desperately trawling for ‘How to make  Roman blind’ instructions on Google, like me. Oh and for my lovely friend Jane who is currently in hospital, bored and wanting something to do… Read on friend.

Materials list:

  • Blind fabric, the length and width of your window plus 20 cm for seam allowance
  • Lining fabric, the same size plus seam allowance
  • Roman blind tape, cut to the width of your window x however many dowel rods/folds you want
  • Dowel rods, cut to the width of your blind x however many folds you want
  • Baton for the bottom of the blind
  • Wider, thicker baton for the top of the blind, to attach the blind to the wall
  • Strong, sticky velcro cut to the width of your blind
  • Clear, plastic eyelets
  • Screw eyes
  • Polyester cord
  • An acorn (not from an oak tree)
  • Air erasable fabric pen
  • A cleat

Step 1:

Measure your window. Work out how many folds you’d like in your blind and draw yourself a handy little picture with all of your measurements on. I found this INVALUABLE!

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I used these links to help me work out how many folds etc  http://www.channel4.com/4homes/how-to/decorating/how-to-make-a-roman-blind and http://lucylovesya.com/?p=4641.

Step 2:

Cut your blind fabric to size and set to one side. Cut your lining fabric to size. Cut your blind tape to width. Carefully measure where you’d like your dowel rods to go and pin the blind tape. I found a metal metre rule was perfect for this job, to help the lines stay straight. Using the sewing machine, stitch the blind tape to the lining fabric.

Step 3:

Place the lining fabric and the blind fabric right sides together and pin. Using the sewing machine, sew together, leaving a little pocket to turn inside out. Turn inside out, and give the fabric a good press with a hot iron.

Step 4:

Cut the thinner wooden baton to length and place inside the bottom of the blind. Hand stitch the opening closed.

Step 5:

Turn the fabric over, so the lining fabric with blind tape is facing up and insert the dowel rods into the blind tape pockets. Using the metre rule, measure out where your eyelets need to go, marking with the air erasable pen.  I had three rows of five eyelets, evenly spaced at 30cms apart, across the blind. Ideally, place one in the middle, one about 2cm from either end and then fill the gaps in between, evenly, if you have a wide blind like me. You many only need three eyelets if your blind isn’t too wide. Hand stitch the eyelets in place and secure tightly.

Step 6:

Now, this is the bit where you might need a bit of help. Not to say that us girls can’t use a drill or saw but I can’t so this is the bit where my husband makes an appearance. He cut the wider baton to length and screwed into the wall, at the appropriate height above the window. Before that, he measured and drilled holes for the screw eyes which were exactly the same distance apart as the eyelets. We also had an additional screw eye at the end of the baton, to feed all the cord through. This needs to be at the end where you will be pulling the blind up and down. Thanks husband.

Step 7:

Using the sticky velcro, stick one side to the baton on the wall and the other to the top of the blind. I draw another line with my metre rule, just to make sure the velcro was on super straight. I also machine stitched the velcro onto the blind to give it some added strength.

Step 8:

Stick your blind to the baton. Then start threading.Don’t cut the cord, just thread through and only cut once it’s travelled through all of the eyelets and screw eyes. You’ll be surprised how much you need.  Starting from the line of eyelets furthest away from the pully side, tie the cord onto the bottom eyelet, thread up through the other eyelets, through all the screw eyes along the top baton and down. Leave a long cord hanging down at this point and cut. Do the same for all the other eyelets.

Step 9:

Pull! Your blind should pull up nice and neatly into shape! Hooray! I twisted all the cords together and then threaded my little wooden acorn onto the end. Tie the blind off onto the cleat (also drilled into the wall by Husband. Thanks again Husband) and spend a little time primping and preening the folds to make sure they are lying how you need them too. You may need to use a little steam from the iron to encourage them into place. Ideally leave the blind folded up in position for a few days to help the fabric memorise the fold.

Step 10:

Put the kettle on. Put your feet up. You’ve just made a Roman blind!

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