Window treatments not only provides privacy and light control but also enhances the decor of any room. Valances are an important element in window treatments and they add style and elegance to a room. Many people forgo the use of valances, as they think that it is too cumbersome to come up with a design that matches their window treatment. But if you give it some thought and consideration, you will have no trouble finding a valance design that matches your décor style. Valances are generally made with some form of fabric, either soft and flowy or of a stiffer variety. But they can be made of many other unconventional materials like leather or canvas. Valances can be hung on its own in windows where privacy is not a concern like a kitchen window, or it can be used in conjunction with some other window treatment like curtains and blinds. Although valances are purely for decorative purposes, it can help in camouflaging curtain fixtures. If you are keen on making your own valances for decorating your home, you can easily do so if you have the right fabric and other sewing supplies. Some valance ideas and designs are fairly simple and you need to know only basic sewing techniques to make them.
How to make a Tasseled Valance
- Sheer polyester fabric (in a floral pattern)
- Dark-colored piping
- Fabric marker
- Card paper
- Decorative tassels (in colors match piping)
To make the tasseled valance, first you need to measure the length and width of the window. Once you have the measurements, you can determine how much fabric will be required to make the valance. To make this particular valance, you will need fabric that is about 1½ times the width of the window and at least ⅓ the length of the window. Fold the fabric in half and place it aside.
To make the pattern for the valance, place the card paper on top of your workstation. To determine the width of the valance, mark the card paper at a distance of 1½ times the width of the window. Draw the side edges straight and bottom edge into two or three triangles, with the apex of the triangles pointing downwards. Once you are satisfied with the pattern of the valance, transfer the pattern on the fabric. Cut the fabric, with the pattern as your reference, making sure that the pattern is placed on the folded edge of the fabric. Hem the edges of the fabric valance and sew the dark-colored piping on the side and bottom edges of the valance. Sew a tassel at the apex of each triangle of the valance.
Cut three 12”X1” long pieces of fabric from the leftover fabric and fold them into half. Sew the fabric pieces by folding them half lengthwise. This will form the tiebacks for attaching the valance to the window casement. Attach the tasseled valance on the tiebacks and your tasseled valance is ready.
How to Make a Scarf Valance
- Silk scarf (in a color and pattern of your choice)
Making a scarf valance is one of the easiest projects and is ideal for people who are novice at sewing. A scarf valance is a great option for single windows like a kitchen window or a bathroom window. To make a scarf valance, first you need to measure the width and length of the window. Once you have determined the dimensions, find a silk scarf whose length is greater than the width of the window. The scarf valance should cover at most ⅓ the length of the window. If the scarf is longer than this, then you need to trim the scarf with a pair of sharp scissors and hem the edges. Once this is done, stitch two hooks on the top edge of the scarf to hang it from the two corners of the window bracket. The trailing fabric on the sides of the window from the scarf valance will give the window treatment a soft and casual look.
Making valances for windows is not very difficult and it is in fact easier than sewing full lengthy curtains. By using contrasting colors and beautiful patterns of valances, you can give your window treatment a stylish and chic look.
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