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Making and Installing a Valance Instructions

  • Making and Installing a Valance

    Valances add a nice touch to windows that you do not want to cover completely, but that your also do not want to leave bare. Bare windows can appear cold, but adding a valance will beautify your room and create a homey feel without blocking much light from entering the room. There are many different styles of valance that you can put up in your home, but this tutorial discusses making a single rod valance, which requires a 2 1//2” flat curtain rod. Although this valance is intended to be poufed, it can be left as a flat valance for a more traditional look.

  • Overview

    To make your valance, you will need to follow these basics steps. First, decide how wide the valance will be in relation to the window. Next, make the appropriate measurements and cut the materials. Then you will need to sew the materials together. And finally, put up and pouf the valance.

  • Determine Width

    Begin by determining where you want to install the hardware for the valance. You can either install the rod on the frame of the window or 1-2” on either side of the frame. If you are installing the valance over window blinds or curtains you will need to install the valance hardware on either side of the window frame so that the valance clears the existing window dressing. Where you install the hardware will effect the width of the fabric so this decision must be made before you purchase fabric.

  • Determine Material Cut Length

    Measure the finished height of the valance. Begin the measurement at the top of the rod and measure to where you want the valance to end. Traditionally, a valance is 1/6th of the total length of the window. So this is what will look probably most natural in your home. Use the finished length and doubling it so that the valance can be poufed. Now add 10” to that number to allow for 3” of heading and hems. Your calculated result is the “cut length”, or the length of material that you will need to have cut at the store.

  • Determine Number of Widths of Material

    Measure the width depending on where you are planning to place the rod hardware as discussed in the previous slide. Triple the width of the valance to provide adequate fullness to the valance. Divide that number by the width of the material that you are using. This is the number of widths of material you will need to purchase.

  • Cut and Sew

    If you have a bolt of material, measure out the cut length of the fabric and cut it at the cut length. You will most likely have to join widths of fabric to adequately cover your window. Lay the pieces of fabric to be joined on top of one another with the pattern side facing in – be sure that the pattern is such that it matches. Stitch a seam 1/2” from the edge along the side of the pieces to be joined. Fold the side edges over 1/2” and press so that it is a clean fold. Then fold 1/2” of fabric over again and press it. After you have folded the material over twice and pressed it tight, stitch the hem. You should do this for both sides of the fabric so that the valance has a finished, professional appearance.

  • Make Tube Valance

    Because this valance is a pouf valance, you will need to create the tube that will be poufed. Fold the fabric in half from top to bottom, so that it is inside out and the pattern is on the inside of the fold. Sew the fabric together to form a tube. Turn the fabric right side in. Keep the seam that you just sewed 1/2” from the top and press a crease in the fabric that is 1/2” from the crease. Be careful that the crease is an even distance from the seam all the way across your valance. This is the top of the header on your valance.

  • Finish Valance

    Now you will need to make the pocket that the rod goes through. Measure three inch from top of the header and sew across the entire width of the fabric. This will give you a three in header, you can adjust the measurements and sewing to make a smaller or larger header. Finally, measure 2 1/2 - 3” down from the new seam and again sew across the entire width of the fabric. You have just made the rod pocket. To finish the valance, stuff the tube will fill material such as plastic or newspaper so that the tube appears full. Slide the rod into the rod pocket and place the rod on the hooks.


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