Window valances can add interest and style to any tired or plain window settings. It is easy to make your own unique valances, even if you are not an expert seamstress. Follow this step-by-step guide to create your own window valances.
Step 1 – Determine the Size of Your Valance
Measure the width of your window opening or curtain rods and make a note. Then decide how long your valance will be. Starting at the top of the window opening or curtain rod, the valance should be between about 12 and 18 inches deep (in most cases around 15 inches). You can make it as long as you like so long as it fits your window.
Step 2 - Cut the Fabric
Lay the fabric out on a flat surface with the front of the fabric facing down. Measure the desired width of the valance onto the fabric and mark it with chalk. Valances can be hung straight on your curtain rods or gathered. If you're planning a gathered type of valance, double or triple the measurement of your window openings so that they gather the will look natural and uniform.
Add 2 to 3 inches to the width of each panel for the seams, and then cut the fabric.
Next, mark your desired depth for the valance on your fabric then double it, as this fabric will eventually be folded in half. Add 2 more inches for the seams and cut. While making sure that the fabric remains face down, measure a 1-inch seam from inside the material and place pins down the length.
Step 3 – Sewi the Valance
Stitch the seam on both sides with your sewing machine. Remove the pins and seal their seams.
Fold the fabric over so that the seams face down. Fold the bottom of the fabric up to the top of the fabric so that edges meet, uniform and even. Measure a 1-inch seam from the top and insert pins. Sew the seams to secure them.
Next, turn the fabric inside-out so that all of the seams face inside. Measure another 1½ inches from the line that you just sewed. This is the rod pocket, where a standard-sized rod should fit. If you're using a bigger or smaller rod, adjust the size of the seam accordingly. Place pins across the width of the material and sew.
Now, you can test the accuracy of your measurements and seams by sliding in the curtain rod. There should be no obstructions so that it slides freely and easily.