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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 Valances
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For this project, we will be using the simple sewing technique of making a casing.  It is super simple and as easy as sewing a couple straight lines.  You'll have brand new valances for your windows in no time at all.  Just follow the simple step by step tutorial below and you'll be ready to go!

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

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

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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.

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

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

Congratulations!! You just successfully completed your first handmade valance.  Now that you know how to make your own valance you can create your own for each room in your home.  It can be very cost effective to make your own window treatments.