How to Sew a Swag Valance

What You'll Need
Sewing machine
Measuring tape
Chalk line

A window valance can add character to any window and any room. However, a valance can be expensive and may not always properly fit the decor or design of your window or room. It is always better to create your own. With that in mind, here's a handy how-to guide that will show you how to sew your own swag valance:

Step 1 - Measuring for Your Valance

First, you'll need to carefully measure the width of your window opening or curtain rods. Depending on the type of material you will be using you will need to adjust your measurements. If you're using a particularly thick type of material for your valances, double the measurements to allow for fullness in appearance and design of your valance. On the other hand, if you're using a particularly light type of fabric, you should triple your measurements for a more gathered or elegant look.

Step 2- Measuring Your Fabric

After you know the measurements of your window opening or curtain rods, you can now accurately determine the length you'll need for your fabric pieces. In order to do this, simply measure from the top of the window opening or curtain rod down to the bottom most part of your desired length for the swag valance. Then, add an additional 1 inch for seams and another few inches for your desired heading height above the top of the window opening or curtain rod. This height will be up to you; however popular heading heights are between 2 and 4 inches. Also, make sure to include about 1 1/2 times the diameter of your curtain rod for your rod pocket lengths.

Step 3 - Cutting the Fabric

Next, you will simply cut your fabric according to the measurements that you took for the fabric lengths, header heights and rod pocket lengths.

Step 4 - Preparing the Fabric for Sewing

Now that you have all of your fabric pieces cut, you'll need to start preparing the fabric. Make sure to keep the right sides of the fabric facing together. Next, use your measuring tape or measuring tape to measure the heading height from the top edge of your fabric. Then add an additional one half-inch and mark the seams with your chalk. Next, mark your length for your measurements for your rod pockets make this chalk line mark directly under your header height mark.

Step 5 - Sewing the Fabric

Using your sewing machine, begin to stitch a one half-inch seam from the top corner of the fabric to the top of the right pocket. Then, sew a seam from the bottom of the rod pockets to the bottom of the fabric. Be sure not to stitch the rod pocket itself as this will not allow your rod to pass through. Repeat the process for the other side.

Next, use your sewing machine to stitch a one half-inch seam across the bottom of your valance piece. After that, turn the material inside out and press the seams with an iron. Make sure to turn the edges under about one half an inch for raw edges and then press them with a hot iron also. Next, place the top edges of the lining of fabric together and top stitch with your sewing machine.

That said, you've now sewn a beautiful swag valance that will add character to your windows and be a conversation piece for years to come.