How to make a Roman blind

Follow Country Homes and Interiors’ step-by-step instructions to sewing a Roman blind

Our design uses lining fabric, rings, eyelets and dowelling for a neat professional look at your window

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You will need

  • 2.5cm-square wooden batten the width of the blind
  • Length of self-adhesive hook and sew-on lop fastener the width of the batten
  • Main fabric (we used Up the Garden Path, ref 48, col Dove, £46 a metre, Vanessa Arbuthnott)
  • Lining fabric
  • Matching thread
  • Lengths of narrow wooden dowelling, the width of the finished blind minus 3cm
  • Decorative trim or braid (we used Westerley Suede braid, col Smoke, £41.30 a metre, New House Textiles)
  • 12mm plastic rings
  • 4 screw-in eyelets
  • Wooden blind pull, painted if preferred (we used Luna blind pull, £20.75, New House Textiles, painted in Light Gold, £35.50 for 2.5 litres of Intelligent matt emulsion, Little Greene)
  • 3 lengths of cord, each the width of the finished blind plus twice the length
  • Wall cleat

Step 1) Fix the batten above the window frame and press the self-adhesive hook fastener along the front of the batten.

Step 2) To work out the size of your blind,
measure from the top of the batten to your required finished drop,
adding 2.5cm each for the top and bottom hems. For the width, measure
the length of the batten and add 2.5cm for each side seam. Cut out your
main and lining fabrics to these measurements.

Step 3) Right side up, lay out your main fabric on a flat surface. Place the lining fabric on top, matching raw edges all round. Pin all round then stitch the side and bottom edges, taking a 2.5cm seam. Remove pins.

Step 4)
To create a dowel pocket along the bottom edge, stitch a second line of
stitching 6mm from the raw edge. Insert dowel. Trim seam allowances and
turn through and press.

Step 5) To create the pleats, lay the blind
lining side up and measure 5cm from the top of the blind. Mark with a
pencil line across the width of the blind. Divide the remaining length
of the blind into 20cm to 30cm pleats, finishing with a half pleat at
the bottom. Mark each section with a pencil mark as before.

Step 6)
To make pockets to hold the dowels at each of the pleats, cut 8cm
strips of lining fabric to the width of the blind for each of the marked
pencil lines. Fold each strip in half along the length and stitch the
long raw edge and one end, taking a 1cm seam. Turn through and press.

Step 7) Centre the pockets along the marked pencil lines and pin and tack in place. Machine stitch each long edge, through all thicknesses, being careful not to pucker the fabric (see illustration).

Step 8) Slide the dowels into the pockets, turning under the
remaining raw edges on the pockets and slip stitching to hold dowels in

Step 9) On each pocket mark the centre point of the blind and slip stitch a plastic ring in place. Repeat 5cm in from each side edge of the blind on each pocket (see illustration).

Step 10) To make the top hem, turn the raw edges of the main fabric
and lining fabric to the back of the blind by 2.5cm, press and tack.
Stitch the sew-on loop fastener in place, close to the fold.

Step 11)
Cut a length of decorative trim or braid to the width of the blind and
slip stitch in place along the bottom edge. Hang the blind from the

Step 12) Screw three eyelets to the underside of the batten so that each aligns with each row of plastic rings on the blind. Screw a fourth eyelet to the edge of the batten where the cords will fall and where the blind will be operated from.

Step 13)
Tie each length of cord to each of the three rings on the lowest pleat.
Then thread each length of cord through each of the rings above it, and
through the eyelets, finishing on the working side of the batten (see
illustration). Trim the cords to a suitable length and attach the blind
pull (painted in a complementary colour if you prefer). Fix a cleat in
place on the wall and use to secure the cords.

Illustration Michael A Hill

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