How Do You Make a Roman Blind?
The joke answer is to poke him in the eye.
The bathroom was redecorated at Christmas and we’ve kitted the boys out with new wardrobes to replace the drawers they had before. Those drawers had seen better days. Apparently they don’t recover well from small children climbing up them and pretending that they are fire engines.
We had a sheer curtain over the window that turned itself into rags a few years ago, and the poor window has been bald ever since.
So it was time for something new.
I had some lovely fabric but I didn’t have the bits and pieces to make a Roman blind. I went online to have a look and I found these kits on Amazon, complete with a fancy thingy to fix them to the window frame, but I didn’t want to spend £40!
So then I had a look on Minerva Crafts. They did have the bits and bobs, rods, tape, cord etc, but the rods were out of stock and I didn’t want to wait.
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So, as being creative usefully extends beyond my sewing machine, I decided to pop over the road to my local hardware store to see what they had that I could use.
I came back with some pea sticks and some little brass rings. Instead of tape, I used bias binding that I had already (although they sell that in the hardware store too!) and for the cord, I found some string apparently for tying up meat. I am not much of a cook and the string had been there for a while. It had been nowhere near a meat as far as I am aware. Instead of an acorn I used some wooden beads. The curtain pole is this extendable one from Amazon (affiliate link).
Here is how to make a Roman blind without poking anyone in the eye.
How to Make a Roman Blind
Fabric, ideally heavy, duck cotton or upholstery weight. If your fabric is lighter (mine was) you can use interfacing to give it some more weight.
Batons or rods. You can use the proper ones, or improvise with dowel or pea sticks. If your window is wider than the length of the sticks, you will need to stick some together. I used electrical tape.
Tape to hold the batons to the back of the blind. You can use the proper stuff or bias binding.
Rings, the proper ones, little curtain rings or even washers will do.
Cord. Either the real stuff, or you could use string.
An acorn or you could improvise with a bead.
A curtain pole if you don’t have one already. I got an extendable curtain pole from Amazon so that I wouldn’t have to do any drilling.
Making the Blind
1. Measure the window. It’s best to do this before you buy anything!
2. Cut your fabric so that it is the size of the window, plus a cm or so at each side and at the bottom for hemming. At the top, work out how much you will need to fold it over for the pole. Add as much as you will need to fold, plus an extra cm to for folding underneath when you sew the casing for the pole.
3. If you are using interfacing, cut it so that it is the size that you want the finished blind to be. I used fusible interfacing, but you could use the sew in kind.
5. Measure where you will put the casing for the rods. Bear in mind that when the blind is up, the pleated section will be half the distance between each rod.
9. Pop the rods into the casings and sew a few stitches at the ends of the casings so that the rods don’t slip out.
10. Identify the side that you will be operating the blind from. Starting at this side, thread a piece of string through all of the rings along the top, then down the rings on the furthest side. Tie the string to the bottom ring. Cut the string so that there is about 2 thirds of the length of the blind spare.
11. Take another piece of string and, starting in the same place, thread the string through the rings along the top until you get to the column of rings next to the furthest ones. Thread the string down through those rings, then tie the string to the bottom rings.
Repeat in this way until each column of rings has a piece of string attached to the bottom ring, then runs up the rings and along the top row of rings to the point where the blind will be operated from.
Heavy weight fabric works best, but if you have set your heart on some beautiful quilting cotton, you can make it heavier by adding interfacing.
You will probably need a rod along the top row of rings. I didn’t use one and when I tried to pull the blind up, although it worked, it did bunch up a bit. Adding an extra rod along the top would stop this from happening.
When threading the string through the rings, leave it on the roll, then cut it after you have tied the end to the bottom ring and measured the extra.
If you don’t want to drill a hole in your wall for a hook for the string when the blind is up, you could these Command hooks, which are what I used so that I could avoid drilling.
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