How to Make Sewless Window Valances

Learning how to make sewless window valances is a great way to brighten any room in your home. All you need is some creativity to get you started. Here are 7 ideas to try. 

1.  Aprons

Aprons can be found on auction sites or thrift stores. Tie the aprons across your rod securing them with the ties that go around your waist. This looks best if the aprons are within the same color palette and length. If you have some that are longer, hang them in a manner where they will have a swooping effect.

2.  Fabric placemats

Turn the placemats sideways, or oblong. Take the seam apart just enough to allow the rod to slip through. They can all match for a uniformed look, or you can alternate every other one for more color and pattern. Placements come in any color and pattern, with some having embroidery or other embellishments.

3.  Kitchen hooks

If you don’t have any of these around, go to your local hardware store and purchase hooks that you use to hang tea towels and dish towels. You’ll need about 6 of them. Attach them above your window. Take a piece of fabric and hang across your window allowing it to cascade between each hook. If you want them to be more secure, tie the fabric around each hook with a piece of ribbon.

4.  Rope and baby clothes

This is a charming valance for a baby’s room or laundry room. Place nails on each side of your window. Firmly tie clothesline rope across. With clothespins, hang baby clothes across the rope. This is an interesting way to repurpose clothes that your baby can no longer wear.

5.  Vintage doilies

Doilies are frilly lace accessories that were used to protect tabletops. You can find these at thrift stores or online. Starch the doilies to make them stiff. Next take a piece of wood carpet strip, which you can find at a home improvement store, and cut the width of your window. Nail it to the wall with the small nails of the carpet strip facing out. Hang the doilies on these nails across the strip. The nails in the strip will hold them securely in place.

6.  Flower picks

Flower picks are a cluster of flowers already attached together by the manufacturer. You can find them at any craft store, and in any color you can imagine. Place small nails across the top of your window, close enough that your flower picks will touch. Hang the picks upside down on each nail. You can add as many as you need to make it full.

7.  Pillowcases

Taking the closed end of pillowcases, remove the seam on each side to allow the rod to slip through. Scrunch several together across the rod. The open of the end of the pillowcase having seams, give a finished look to the bottom of the valance.

All of these methods can be embellished with trim such as ribbon, stencils or buttons using fabric glue. Just use your imagination to create a simple, one of a kind valance with no sewing necessary!