How to Make a Valance – a Sewing Project

28 June


Super Simple Valance

I have made most of the window treatments in our home.  I made a few valances for our kitchen windows, and here’s the how-to.  It is super simple – it’s just a rectangle.  A long rectangle makes a fuller valance, with the fabric draping quite a bit, while a shorter rectangle gives a more tailored and crisp look.  I really like how this is easily adjustable to the look you want.

The maroon set I made doesn’t have much fullness to it: about 1.5 times the window width.  But the yellow striped valance has a 2.5 fullness, giving it more body.  The fabrics I used were a heavier home decorating fabric, but you could easily use cotton prints.  For the maroon valance, I used a white drapery lining.  And for the striped valance I lined with unbleached muslin.

My 13 year old son Chandler shot some video of me installing the striped set this morning.  He filmed with my iPhone 4S and I published it using iMovie.  Easy!  Chandler just might be my cameraman-in-training 🙂


If you’d like to make your own, grab the free Super Simple Valance PDF and have fun!

And don’t forget to link up your project online – I’d love to see what you make!

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4 Responses to “How to Make a Valance – a Sewing Project”

  1. HokieKate 12/15/2012 at 10:33 am #

    That is a really neat technique. Thank you for posting this, and the video really helps.

    • Angela 12/15/2012 at 11:17 am #

      Thank you, glad you enjoyed it!

  2. Vanessa 06/29/2013 at 7:23 am #

    So, so smart! And a very clear tutorial. I don’t sew but am trying to make my own window treatments. I believe I could totally do this with fusible tape. Thanks for making it simple! -V

    • Angela 06/29/2013 at 4:38 pm #

      Thanks Vanessa! I strive for simplicity 🙂

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