How to Make Your Own Window Valance

A well-dressed window can pull together the look of any room. Dress up your windows with an easy-to-make valance

You will need

  • A tape measure
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Thread
  • Chalk (optional)

Step 1 Measure the width Measure the width of the window using a tape measure.

Step 2 Lay the fabric down and measure Lay the fabric face down. Measure a section that is two and a half times the width of the window, plus two inches for seam allowance.

Step 3 Measure the length Measure how long you want the valance to be. Double that measurement, add 3 inches for seam allowance, and cut the fabric.

Step 4 Measure a hem Measure a 1-inch hem on both sides of the valance, pin the fabric, and then sew it in place, removing the pins as you sew.

Step 5 Fold in half Fold the valance in half lengthwise, right sides facing out.

Step 6 Measure and sew a one-inch hem Measure a 1-inch hem from the top of the valance, pin, and sew in place, removing the pins as you sew.

Step 7 Measure and stitch Measure 2 inches below the stitched hem line you just sewed, and mark it with chalk. Sew along the chalk line, creating a pocket for a curtain rod.