Roman blinds can add a warm, sophisticated and luxurious feel to any room as well as practically provide you with privacy and prevent any unwanted daylight!! Follow the guide below to customise and make your own blind with your own choice of fabric (blackout lining recommended).
2. Add 9cm (3.5in) to the width and 15cm (6in) to the length to allow for hemming the fabric.
3. Cut out the main fabric (recommend ironing).
4. Cut out the lining to the same measurements, less 12cm (4.75in) from the width side only. *(You will need enough of the lining fabric left over for the dowel casings).
5. Pin the main fabric and lining together (right sides facing), and sew a 1.5cm seam down the left & right sides and bottom. (Let the lining fall central to the main fabric when sewing).
7. Using the extra lining fabric, cut out pieces of the same width as the final blind width and 5cm (2in) high. (You will need a dowel every 20-25cm (8-10in) along the length of the blind).
8. Mark the position of each casing on the back of the blind, leave an even gap at the top and bottom.
9. Evenly place 3 blind rings along the row (keep this a consistent distance on all strips).
10. Fold and press 1cm on all sides of each casing. Marking the centre fold on each.
11. Pin & stitch in place, onto the marked positions, along the centre line, stopping when you approach the blind rings and
sewing around these (as close as possible to them without damaging the needle).
12. Fold in half and stitch (again stopping as you approach the blind rings).
13. Slide a wooden dowel into each casing as you stitch into tube, and secure at ends.
14. Fold the top edge over 4.5cm (1.75in) and staple gun to the wooden batten.
15. Place a screw-eye on the back of the batten above each column of rings.
16. Cut the blind cord into equal lengths (times the blind length by two and add the distance between the columns).
17. Tie each piece of cord to the ring at the bottom of a column and thread through the rings and the screw-eye at the top of the column, and then also through the screw-eye at the side where the cord will hang.
19. Screw the batten to the wall/window recess where the blind will sit.
20. Place a cleat at the side of the window and wind the cord around to rest whilst blind raised.