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    • fforsythuk
    • By fforsythuk 6th Mar 18, 9:40 AM
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    How to make a Roman blind
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    How to make a Roman blind 6th Mar 18 at 9:40 AM
    Hi everyone,

    Does anyone have any instructions or know of any websites on how to make roman blinds to fit the recess of a window??

    Ive never made one before so would need some detailed instructions with pictures ideally. Just worked out the cost of buying them ready made and it has shocked me!! So thought Id give it a go and make them myself..:

    Thanks x
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    • onomatopoeia99
    • By onomatopoeia99 6th Mar 18, 9:48 AM
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    Are you of an age for the U3A? They might run a soft furnishings class locally. That's how my mum learned to make them.
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    • jackieblack
    • By jackieblack 6th Mar 18, 9:48 AM
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    I've always thought the answer to how to make a Roman blind, was to poke them in the eye with a stick
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    • Pollycat
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    I've always thought the answer to how to make a Roman blind, was to poke them in the eye with a stick
    Originally posted by jackieblack
    Damn! You beat me to it.

    OP - I think this might be better asked on the Old-Style board or possibly Crafting.

    Have you Googled it? I'd be surprised if there wasn't something on YouTube.

    ETA - a quick Google shows there is.
    • seashore22
    • By seashore22 6th Mar 18, 10:16 AM
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    • 6th Mar 18, 10:16 AM
    Have you tried Google? I know tutorials for making Roman blinds are out there because I've considered making one myself and had a look.

    No idea if this is any good or not, but it looks promising:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VWojBKyawk

    There are other videos on there too.

    I do lots of needle crafts and youtube is the place I head to first.

    Also how wide is your window? If you need more than one fabric width across then you may need to learn how to join and match fabrics which makes it slightly more complicated, but is still doable.
    Last edited by seashore22; 06-03-2018 at 10:18 AM.
    • fforsythuk
    • By fforsythuk 6th Mar 18, 10:17 AM
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    • 6th Mar 18, 10:17 AM
    Thanks all

    I!!!8217;ve already done a google search but I can!!!8217;t always follow their instructions. I!!!8217;m a complete novice so would need an !!!8216;idiot!!!8217; type of guide.

    I!!!8217;ve thought about going on a course but I!!!8217;m a stay at home mum so unless my other half takes time off work my only option is to learn from home...

    Are there any books that anyone can recommended??

    The best website I!!!8217;ve come across is this one:

    http://www.christinemartin.co.uk/how-to-make-a-roman-blind/

    It talks about !!!8220;banding fabric!!!8221;...does anyone know what this is, what it looks like and what it!!!8217;s used for??

    Thanks xx
    • suejb2
    • By suejb2 6th Mar 18, 10:29 AM
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    I've always thought the answer to how to make a Roman blind, was to poke them in the eye with a stick
    Originally posted by jackieblack

    You beat me to it also. So can you can have this one . " How do you make a Swiss Roll?" ...........push him down a hill Bdum Tsh
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    • jackieblack
    • By jackieblack 6th Mar 18, 10:31 AM
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    You beat me to it also. So can you can have this one . " How do you make a Swiss Roll?" ...........push him down a hill Bdum Tsh
    Originally posted by suejb2
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    • fforsythuk
    • By fforsythuk 6th Mar 18, 10:43 AM
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    the max width of the window is 180cm. Hadn!!!8217;t considered that I would need to join fabrics together.

    My plan was to start small though and make a blind for the downstairs toilet...
    • Spider In The Bath
    • By Spider In The Bath 6th Mar 18, 11:15 AM
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    I made one years ago. I did it using book from the library about making blinds.

    Not sure how well the blind would still fold if you are piecing together material. Could you make two instead?
    • fforsythuk
    • By fforsythuk 6th Mar 18, 12:03 PM
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    Seashore22

    Have watched the video on YouTube...thanks for posting. Makes it look so easy so will give this a try!!!
    • marcus ohreallius
    • By marcus ohreallius 6th Mar 18, 12:42 PM
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    I've always thought the answer to how to make a Roman blind, was to poke them in the eye with a stick
    Originally posted by jackieblack
    Those Romans were a bunch of thugs, on the quiet
    • seashore22
    • By seashore22 6th Mar 18, 1:30 PM
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    Have watched the video on YouTube...thanks for posting. Makes it look so easy so will give this a try!!!
    Originally posted by fforsythuk
    Pleased that you liked it. I'm a visual learner and if you're anything like me Youtube is the place to go. I find a list of instructions just swirl around the page and much prefer to watch someone actually making the thing I want to make.

    I'm a fairly experienced sewer and I've never heard of banding fabric either. I might look it up.

    Edit - apparently it's something to do with how you finish your edges. Maybe.

    For a beginner I'm sure that there are simpler ways to make a Roman blind. Other than a poke in the eye of course.
    Last edited by seashore22; 06-03-2018 at 1:35 PM.
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