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    I am working on three romans at the moment and would like to try using the all in one method of lining + pockets. Each time I've made romans before I've tried to do this but have always ended up cutting individual pockets out of lining as I just can't get my head round the spacing.

    What foxes me is:-

    E.G. When adding four rods ( 4mm) Should the first pocket seam allowance be 1cm. and the remaining three 2cms. ?

    If so, does that mean that you should add on an extra 8cm. to length calculations ?

    Cat C.
    Kind regards

    Cat

  • #2
    Re: Rod Pockets ??

    Hi Cat C

    Have have read through this and see how you get on.

    The quickest and smartest way by far to construct roman blinds, is rod pockets sewn into the linings. When calculating the drop of your lining fabric you will need to allow extra on the un-finished length for the rod pockets. I allow 1cm for the first rod pocket (bottom of blind), and 2cm's for every one thereafter.

    (what you are doing in actual fact is adding a 1cm seam allowance to the fold.. 3 rod pockets = 7 folds but the seam allowance in added at the pocket and I have based this on 4mm rods)

    People tend to cut everything to the perfect size, piece by piece - This isn't necessary, all I do is cut and fold my main fabric to the correct size, the linings I fold in to the required width, square off at the bottom and leave the top, this can be cut to size after attaching to the main fabric.

    The easiest way is to get a length of lining, fold the sides to you required width and leave the length. On a piece of paper work out you spacings - Finished drop, minus track/headrail allowance (deepest point) - Divide remaining by an odd number to work out the required number of pockets.. Once you're happy with the spaces inbetween the rods add you pocket allowance...

    eg.-

    Roman blind 99cms drop, headrail at the deepest point is 7cms

    99 - 7 = 92

    92 / 7 = 13.1

    (Add the headrail depth which is 7cm's to the first pocket calculation which is 13 - This figure will tell you the length of the blind when fully pulled up - In this case the blind will pull up to 20cm's)

    Mark your first line at 14 cms (extra 1cm seam allowance for the first rod)

    Double the measurement and mark your second and third line at 28 (seam allowance included)

    I mark my linings face down using a straight edge and a very fine crochet hook - Using the crochet hook with a small amount of pressure across the lining to score the fabric. I then use the score line as my folding guide.

    Fold the scored line, crease with your thumb nail, take to your sewing machine and machine each rod pocket with a 1cm allowance. Sew all pockets at 1cm to form the pocket.

    If you fold the blind and put a soft fold line in between each rod pocket you will see either a rod pocket or soft fold line every 13cms. .. You will have your bottom rod pocket at 13cms - fold line at 26cm's - rod pocket at 39cms - fold line at 52cms - final rod pocket at 65 - fold line at 78 - head rail.

    You will have either a rod pocket or fold line every 13cms forming a ladder-like look to your lining.

    Attach the lining to the main fabric and stab stitch under each pocket to secure the fabrics together - Maintain the same tension - I usually stab stitch every 15 cms unless the fabric pattern or rings and cording dictates otherwise.

    Hope this makes sense.. If not, drop me a line.
    MyDecozo Admin

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    • #3
      Re: Rod Pockets ??

      Thank you Philip, I have infact read 'thru these instructions before but I just couldn't get my head round it......until today!! I've got it, a real lighbulb moment.

      I also had a look at pictures of a previous post where you were showing how to mark the rod pockets with a fine crochet hook. I tried that and it works a treat.

      However, I noticed that for measuring you were using a clear grid plastic ruler, are they readily available to buy? It looks perfect for the job of marking folds accurately.

      Cat C.
      Kind regards

      Cat

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      • #4
        Re: Rod Pockets ??

        They are Fiskars patchwork rulers - Every workroom should have them! They come in different sizes and can be purchased from John Lewis, and eBay.
        Have you registered your business yet?

        http://www.ukcurtainmakers.co.uk


        A MyDecozo Directory

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        • #5
          Re: Rod Pockets ??

          Also try patchwork suppliers for the rulers, such as thecottonpatch.co.uk.
          Kind regards
          Pen Harrison
          Colly Brook Fine Furnishings

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          • #6
            Re: Rod Pockets ??

            Thank you, Philip and Pen. I will search around the various sites you gave and check out price etc.

            Cat
            Kind regards

            Cat

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