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

Instructions

  • 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.
  • TIP: Marking your measurements with chalk, before cutting your fabric, will keep your valance accurately sized.
  • 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.
  • TIP: The fold should be at the bottom of the valance.
  • 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.
  • FACT: Did you know? The first thread specifically for sewing machines was developed in 1866.

You Will Need

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

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