Making a Roman blind
1 Cut out main fabric and lining to size, plus allowances, and divide up into equal sections for the pleats.
2 On the lining, match pairs of lines for the ridges, wrong sides together, and stitch along the lines to form casings.
3 Position the lining centrally on the main fabric and stitch the two together as described. Then insert laths.
4 Trim off lining at the bottom edge and turn up main fabric to form casing and sew rings on. Insert the batten.
5 Fix blind to heading board. Attach screw eyes and thread up cord from bottom to top. Fix to the window.
Fix the heading batten to the window or to the wall using small brackets or fix it directly up into the recess of the window, then fit the cord cleat to the wall. The cleat needs careful positioning if it is too far forward the cords will catch on the blind and spoil it. Finally, thread the cords through the drop weight, cut them to the same length and knot them.
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This is only one style of Roman blind and many other variations are possible. The ridge pockets can be made separately from the lining and then sewn on after the lining has been attached to the front fabric. Alternatively, the Roman blind can be left unlined, in which case the pockets for wooden stiffening are made either from folds in the fabric, or separately, using other fabric which is sewn onto the back afterwards. The pockets can even be placed on the front of the blind, made either in the same material or in a contrasting one. Kits for making a soft-folded version of the Roman blind, made with tapes instead of laths, are available.
For a less bulky look, the wood stiffening at the bottom of the blind can be omitted, to leave a finished edge hanging down. Alternatively, only the ridge at the very bottom of the blind is stiffened to make the folds softer and more bunched up.
4 A lovely, crisp white and brown linen Roman blind filters the light from the window. An attractive contrasting border has been added to the edges of the blind and finished with neatly mitred corners. The bottom of the main part of the blind has been decorated with a simple embroidered capital ‘A’, inspired by the engravings of Albrecht Durer.
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