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How to Make Your Own Valance

When we bought our home, one of the most exciting parts for me was being able to decorate.  So when it came time to start working on the kids room, I knew I had to go with frogs.  

However, buying all the bedding, curtains, rugs and wall decor would cost a fortune, that we didn't have.  


Instead, I decided to make many of the decorations myself.  And let me say it is much easier than you think to make your own valance for windows.



Make your own curtains for your window with this simple step by step sewing tutorial. You'll have the perfect valances for your home


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For this project, I busted out my Easy Curtains 101 eBook.  That way I knew exactly how to calculate how much fabric I would need to make my window coverings.


How to Make Your Own Valances

I knew I wanted valances and would be making a casing for the curtain rod.  These are really simple to make and the eBook really helps me keep my measurements accurate.


You'll have brand new valances for your windows in no time at all.  Here's how I put mine together.


How to Make Your Own Valances



Materials Needed


  • 18” x 45” pieces of fabric -You’ll need between 2 and 3 of these depending on the size of your window
  • Curtain Rod
  • Matching thread

Make Your Own Valances
Step 1
Press fabric towards the wrong side ¼” and press another 1/4"  Stitch across.





Make Your Own Valances
Step 2
Fold the top of your curtain down about 5” towards the wrong side.  Sew across the line you already made.  

You are making a casing that will hold the curtain rod and create the ruffled look at the top of the valance.





Make Your Own Valances
Step 3
Sew another line about 1 ½” above this first line through the casing you just made.  This will be where you curtain rod goes.  

You may need to measure your rod first to make sure it will fit through this slot.








 Make Your Own Valances
Step 5
Press the casing.  Repeat step 1-5 for as many valance sections you need for your window size.






Make Your Own Valances

Step 6
Insert the rod through the casing and through each additional valance.  Hang curtain rod.



See how easy that was?!  Now I can start working on the windows in our living room.  They are huge and I want some really nice but sheer drapes.