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Piped and Frilled Festoon Blinds

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You will need fabric for the blind frill, and piping, lining fabric, piping cord, festoon-blind tape, pull-up cords, cleat, and the basic sewing kit.

Fix a hanging system, and measure up as for an Austrian blind. For the ruches, multiply the finished length by up to three for sheer and fine fabrics or one-and-a-half for heavier materials.

Add 4 cm for the heading tape. Cut the lining to the same size as the blind fabric. For the piping, measure the length of the blind fabric, multiply by two, and add the width.

Cut a bias strip and make up the piping. Multiply the piping length by two to give the frill length. Cut fabric for the frill to this length by twice the width of frill required, plus 3 cm.

Join fabric with plain flat seams. Press the seams open. Turn each end of the frill 1.5 cm to the wrong side. Press, then fold in half lengthways. Sew across each end 2 mm from the edges.

1. Attaching Piping Lay the blind fabric right side up on a flat surface. Pin and tack the piping to the blind fabric along the two side edges and the lower edge.

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2. Tacking Frill Gather the frill at the raw edges. Pin and tack the frill to the blind right sides together along the piping seam line. Start and finish the frill 4 cm from the top edge of the blind.

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3. Pinning Lining Lay the lining and blind fabrics right sides together. Pin, tack and machine sew them together along the piping and frill seam, using a zip foot. Leave the heading end open. Turn right sides out and press.

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4. Turning Heading Edge Turn the allowance at the heading edge 4 cm to the wrong side, and press.

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5. Attaching Heading Tape Apply the chosen heading tape to the wrong side of the top edge of the blind.

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6. Positioning Tape Lay the blind out flat with the lining side up. Mark positions for the tape strips, starting at 3 cm from the side edges. When the blind has been made to two-and-a-half times the width of the window, the tape strips will need to be positioned two-and-a-half times the required finished ruche width apart from each other. Cut the number of tape strips required to the length of the blind, less the heading, allowing 1.5 cm at each end for turning under raw edges.

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7. Pinning Tape Pin, tack and sew tape strips in position with a line of stitching down each side, turning under raw edges. Make sure that the loops (or rings) are aligned horizontally by measuring up and marking loop positions from the blinds lower edge.

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8. Securing Tape Ends Sew across the bottom edge of each tape strip to secure the ends of the gathering cords. When all the tape strips have been sewn in place, draw the gathering cords until the blind measures the required length.

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9. Securing Cords Tie ends of gathering cords to themselves and roll spare cord neatly. (do not cut the ends, since it will be necessary to ease out the gathers for cleaning.) Cut a length of pull-up cord for each tape strip to twice the finished blind length, plus the necessary blind width.

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10. Attaching Cords Tie the end of each pull-up cord securely to each bottom loop of the tape strips. Thread each of the pull-up cords vertically through each row of loops.

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11. Tying Drawstrings Gather the heading tape. Do not cut the drawstrings. You can neaten them by winding them onto a cord tidy. Insert the curtain hooks and hang the blind on the track.

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12. Attaching Track Decide on which side of the track the pull-up cords will hang. Following the manufacturers instructions, position slots on the track to align with the top of each tape strip. Thread the cords through the slots, then to the sides towards the edge where the cords will be. Attach the track to its brackets. Fix the cord cleat.

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Basic Safety

This is a basic reminder for people who are just starting on their sewing journey, that all the tools and equipment must be handled with care and any machine must be used according to the manufactures manual. As a lot of sewing projects require a lot of time, it is necessary to allocate plenty of workspace and schedule your projects prior to any other time-consuming task.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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