Instructions for Making Roman Blinds
With their clean, sophisticated lines, Roman blinds, or Roman shades as they are sometimes known, are one of the most stylish ways to dress up a window.
They can be used as a standalone window treatment fitted outside the window or fitted inside the window recess and combined with curtains and top treatments for a layered look.
Roman blinds are best made from light to medium weight fabrics and are usually lined.
Strips of wooden or plastic dowelling, 1.25" (3 cms) less than the blind's width.
Small plastic rings, approximately 0.5" (12mm) in diameter.
Wooden or brass acorn.
Nylon cord, 3 x (twice the length of the blind + the width of blind).
Stick and sew Velcro enough for the width of the blind.
Wooden Batten approx 1” (2.5cms) x 1” (2.5 cms) x the width of the finished blind.
4 screw eyelets.
How to Measure and Estimate Fabric Quantities:
- Fix the blind track or wooden batten in the chosen position. If the blind is to hang inside the window recess, fix it to the underside of the window frame. If the blind is to hang outside of the recess, fix it to the top of the window frame or above it.
- Attach the adhesive side of the Velcro to the front edge of the wooden batten.
- To calculate the length of fabric required, measure from the top of the track or batten to the chosen length. Add the relevant hem allowances for the style of blind to be made. Allow extra length for pattern matching where necessary.
- The length of lining required will be the same as the fabric requirements minus any extra for pattern matching.
- To calculate the width of the fabric required, measure the length of the track or batten and add the relevant amount of seam allowance for the style of Roman blind to be made. Divide this number by the width of the fabric to be used and round up to the next whole number. This will be the number of widths of fabric required. Allow an extra 1" (2.5 cms) for each seam when joining widths together and make sure a full width is positioned in the centre with equal part widths added at each side.
- The number of widths of lining required will be the same as the number of widths of fabric.