How to make a roman blind - complete novice here!

(12 Posts)
fossil971 Mon 29-Jul-13 21:47:29

Cascade blinds are where each fold is a bit longer than the one in front, so you see all the folds "cascading" neatly, but they are a pain to work out and don't fold up as small. All your folds will be equal.

chipmonkey Mon 29-Jul-13 21:47:04

Not just Romans, that tactic would work on most of the inhabitants of Italy.

Reastie Mon 29-Jul-13 21:14:14

x posted. I had to read your comment 4 times theknackered and then my whole post twice before working out what you were talking about blush blush

Reastie Mon 29-Jul-13 21:12:51

Goodgrief just read their roman blind cascade tool on mydecozo and feel thoroughly confused!

usualsuspect Mon 29-Jul-13 21:07:52

I so wanted to post that,grin

<snigger>

I made two for our bedroom from a kit from John Lewis. It was very simple and i would definitely count as a novice sewer!

CitrusyOne Mon 29-Jul-13 21:06:57

Me too knackered and widow just couldn't resists

Not helpful to op though.....sorry.......

WidowWadman Mon 29-Jul-13 21:04:53

I just wanted to say that knackered - glad I'm not alone in my silliness

TheKnackeredChef Mon 29-Jul-13 21:03:38

Poke him in the eye.

<Runs away giggling>

Reastie Mon 29-Jul-13 21:01:56

Thanks fossil that's all really useful. It's a dining room so no need to blackout, infact tbh no need for a blind, it's more of an aesthetic thing grin . Off to google Clarke and Clarke....

fossil971 Mon 29-Jul-13 20:03:59

Mydecozo has a lot of useful stuff including a video.

I have made quite a few Roman blinds just self taught from books.
It's not exactly hard but you need some space to work and lay it all out, measure and cut.

Recently I've found the Merrick and Day book here (library or buy) has brilliantly detailed instructions for hand and machine sewing, as well as measuring up and working out the pleats etc. You can get all the supplies (cord, rods etc) on ebay although the first ones I made with wooden batten and dowel from B&Q!

I'd definitely line and add a blackout layer if it's a bedroom.

Try googling Clarke and Clarke for some nice coastal fabrics.

Reastie Mon 29-Jul-13 16:02:17

According to google it's easy to make a roman blind hmm . Is it really?

I'm a self taught sewer and have done done embroidery, cross stitch, made curtains etc in the past (all hand sewn, not sewing machine) but made it up as I went along not really knowing how to do it properly.

Am thinking of embarking on making a roman blind but online instructions vary alot and I don't know the terminology to understand what to do. Does anyone know of any good websites or blogs giving instructions for dummies for a simple roman blind (don't want the sort with the plasticky frame, want the sort with a string pull IYKWIM) or any advice as to whether to do it or not? Also, is lining required? AM thinking of doing one to go with a bue/white/green costal type of room, so any recommendations for suitable material also gratefully received thanks

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