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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