How to Make a Curtain Valance

Sometimes all you need for a window treatment is a valance. You may decide to make a valance to compliment the curtains that exist on the window. A valance also looks nice even if it is the only dressing on the window. Choose a color that matches the current curtains or go for something that pulls from other colors or patterns in the room. Whatever your choice, you will find that this is an inexpensive way to give a new look.

Step 1

Measure the width of your window. Double the window measurement to get the width of your fabric.You may choose to add to this measurement depending on the fullness you want for your valance.

Step 2

Measure 2 feet of fabric for the length. This measurement includes the fabric that you will need for the hem and pocket rod and a small ruffle at the top. You can add or decrease the length of the fabric for the look of the valance you want.

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Fold 1/2 inch and fold again and sew.

To make the side hem, measure ½-inch along the length of the fabric. Fold with wrong-sides facing each other and press with your iron. Fold this hem again and press with your iron. Sew the hem on your sewing machine. Do this on both ends of the fabric. You now have a neat side hem.

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Fold 1/4 inch and then fold 2 inches for bottom hem.

To make the bottom hem, measure ¼-inch and press with your iron. Now measure 2 inches from the bottom and fold with wrong-sides facing each other and press with your iron. Sew the hem on your sewing machine.

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Measure 4 inches from the top.

To make the top ruffle and rod pocket. Measure ¼- inch and fold with wrong-sides facing each other. Press with your iron. Measure 4 inches from the top and fold with wrong-sides facing each other. Press with your iron. Sew the hem on your sewing machine.

Step 6

Measure 2 inches from the top of the valance and machine stitch across the fabric. You now have a ruffle and a rod pocket.

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Insert your rod into the pocket and hang the rod on the curtain brackets.Arrange your valance so the fabric is distributed evenly.


Emma Lee

Emma Lee owns a photography website and also works as a freelance writer specializing in home improvement, animals and photography. Her work can be found on various websites. Lee attended Charles County Community College located in Maryland.