Curtain valences is a décor item that you can easily create on your own. Usually used in place of longer curtains, they cover the top of the window, are less invasive, and allow you to bring more light into your house while dressing up your window. Even though they are readily available at the store, nothing is like making them custom with your own hands. Creating your own custom décor tends to bring more value to the finished design than it would if you were to just buy them from the store. In today’s post, I will show you how to make your own curtain valances from scratch. So, without further ado, let’s get started on making our own curtain valances.
To complete this project, we will need the following items;
- Home Décor Fabric
- Sewing machine and thread
- Iron and Ironing Board
- Liquid Stitch
- Ruler and Marker
Prepare the Fabric. Before you start cutting and measuring the fabric, determine if you would like to wash or iron the material beforehand. Washing the fabric will make sure that any extra dyes will be removed, and depending on the textile type, once you clean the fabric, it may shrink a bit.
Measure the Valances. Typically, valances are about 45 inches wide and about 14 to 16 inches long when they are finished. When measuring, make sure that you add about two inches to all sides for the double folded hem (i.e., 49 inches wide and 20 inches long). In my case, what I’m using is a precut fabric that I had designated for another project, so my valances won’t be the standard measurements. Instead of using two or three valances per rod, I will probably have to bump it up to four because of my material’s length. As I used my ruler to measure the fabric, I made sure that I marked the area vertically and horizontally and drew a line to make sure that all the valances were about the same size and that I left enough extra fabric to create the hems.
Cut the Fabric. My fabric only had a few creases in it due to previously folding it, but it was minimal enough to cut and iron it afterward when creating the hems
Mark the Hems. In this next step, we will use a ruler and marker to pre-mark the hems to make it easier to follow when we iron. Considering that I’m using dark fabric, I used a permanent marker on the inside of the material to see the marks. For measurements, we will create two lines (from the hem) with ¾ inch spaces on the bottom, the left, and right side and one 2 inch space and ¾ inch space for the top for the rod to go through. This will allow us to create double folds that will give the valance a clean look.
Iron the Fabric and Fold the Hems. Since I decided not to iron my fabric beforehand, I would use this time to iron the material and the fold for the hems. When you iron the fabric, you want to make sure that you get as many wrinkles out as possible.
Sewing the Hems. Before you sew, you want to get a thread close to your fabric’s color. Then, you want to make sure that you so between 5/8th and 7/8th inches on the sewing machine plate because you want to make sure that the thread is close to the edge but not to the point that it will slip off or not hold the hem. To sew the hems, double fold the ironed hems and sew both sides first, then the bottom. When you are sewing the sides, make sure that as you reach the top of the hem on both sides, you unfold the top hem first or you will end up sewing the rod opening closed. Once it is time to sew the top, fold the 3/4th hem first, sew that, fold the 2-inch fold, and sew the bottom of the hem. Once I folded the 2 inch hem, I only sewed the bottom and left the sides open so that there would be a place for the rod to fit in. (Alternative Liquid Stitch: For those that don’t have a sewing machine, another way to finish the hems is by using something called Liquid Stitch. Liquid Stitch is a fabric adhesive that allows you to attach two fabric pieces together without using a thread or needle. This is a good alternative, but please keep in mind that liquid stitch takes about 30 minutes to an hour to dry.)
Cleaning Up the Edges. After I got done sewing, I used my scissors to cut all the extra thread from around the hems, and voilà, you have curtain valances and hung them up for display!
I hope you enjoyed the step by step and found it to be a straightforward process. Now you have a handmade project that you created on display for all visitors to see :-). Next, we will complete the cording on the dining room chairs and paint the dining room table.
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