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Roman Blinds - Idiot`s Guide please

sewingj

Roman Blinds - Idiot`s Guide please
« on: September 10, 2017, 09:51:23 AM »
I`ve got to make 2 Roman blinds - I made some years ago but can`t remember the details (except that I had to go to a builder`s merchants to find bits of wood to put in them!).

  These are for a cottage that is going to be rented out so I don`t want to spend a lot and ideally I would rather not line them.  Both windows are on the small side

Links to a tutorial and/or video would be great

Greybird

Re: Roman Blinds - Idiot`s Guide please
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2017, 10:36:20 AM »
These are Rufflette's own instructions using their products:

http://www.gbinteriors.co.uk/acatalog/romanBlindTapeInstructions.pdf

It isn't really worth not lining them, because it's so easy to do - at it's simplest you only have to sew a bag. They will look and hang so much better, block out more light and last longer.

There are fairly recent safety regulations about  the pull cords - you will need to make sure you use the right components in order to comply - especially as it's for a rental.

Vegegrow

"The only place where housework comes before needlework is in the dictionary." ~Mary Kurtz

sewingj

Re: Roman Blinds - Idiot`s Guide please
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2017, 12:14:57 PM »
Thanks both - I was really enjoying the video until I realised it is all hand sewn! There must be an easier way?
The Rufflette instructions seem to be ok but they aren`t for a lined blind.

I had no idea you can get Roman Blind kits these days  - I was intending to just use a wooden batten but am very tempted by a kit now - any thoughts?

Thanks for the comments about safety - that hadn`t occurred to me

Greybird

Re: Roman Blinds - Idiot`s Guide please
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2017, 12:35:04 PM »
The Rufflette instructions will work for a lined blind. Once you have turned and pressed the fabric on the right side, just treat it as if it were one piece.

Edit: If you look at Merrick and Day's website, they sell both kits and components.
« Last Edit: September 10, 2017, 12:37:01 PM by Greybird »

toileandtrouble

Re: Roman Blinds - Idiot`s Guide please
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2017, 14:19:19 PM »
You can get complete kits  from Terry's Fabrics online. They have everything except the fabric (and they sell that too) and the kit includes all the safety fittings and full instructions.  Really easy.  I have even replaced the fabric on one, but it is better to change the cords if you ever do that. That's easy to source.

sewingj

Re: Roman Blinds - Idiot`s Guide please
« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2017, 14:44:42 PM »
Thanks T&T - I had spotted those kits on Terry`s Fabrics and wondered if they were ok as they seem a good price

BrendaP

Re: Roman Blinds - Idiot`s Guide please
« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2017, 16:30:28 PM »

There are fairly recent safety regulations about  the pull cords - you will need to make sure you use the right components in order to comply - especially as it's for a rental.

Info about the cord safety is here.
Brenda.  My machines are: Caroline a Singer 201K-3 born 1940, Thirza a Featherweight 221K born 1949, Azilia a Singer 201K born 1957 and Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy about 20 years old. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitcher.
http://paternoster.orpheusweb.co.uk/

SheSparkles

Re: Roman Blinds - Idiot`s Guide please
« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2017, 22:25:08 PM »
If you don't want to hand sew, the easiest way is to machine round 3 of the 4 sides, turn the right way out, press in the seam allowance on the open edge, and machine the Velcro onto that. As long as you press the seams carefully you can get a good finish this way, if you want to get the job done quickly. Machine on the tapes and job's a goodun'

Lizzy777

Re: Roman Blinds - Idiot`s Guide please
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2017, 14:40:12 PM »
This is a good one if you need clear step by step instructions and can see someone else making it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VWojBKyawk

Can't go wrong really and it isn't all hand sewing either.