Saturday, February 25, 2012

Sewing Valance Curtains

As promised, here are the simple steps to making a valance curtain. I'm telling you, it's SO easy. I can't stand bare windows and I think curtains are such an easy way to make a house more homey.


So, I finally put my Christmas present to work, and I have a confession... I'm starting to actually like sewing. There's just something about creating something that makes you feel good. I've always hated sewing, so this is a BIG deal for me. I'm pretty much obsessed with my new curtains, and I think it's mainly because I made them.




Step 1: Measure the length of your window, double it, and that's how many yards of fabric to buy. However, if you want your curtain to be more ruffly you can do 2.5 times the length of your window and if you want it less ruffly do 1.5

Step 2: Fold your fabric based on the length you want your valance. I think 15 inches is a good amount, but if the window is smaller you might want something closer to 12 inches. Cut the fabric on the fold.

Step 3: Hem the short ends of the fabric. It's best to iron the hem and then pin it. Makes is SO much easier!

Step 4: Fold fabric together with the good side of the fabric on the inside. Pin the long edges together so they match up perfectly and then you're ready to go. When you're all done sewing, it will kind of look like a big tube.

Step 5: Turn the fabric right-side out and iron so the fabric has nice crisp edges. Don't mind my "ironing board" aka my kitchen counter with a towel... we don't iron much and actually I bought this iron specifically to make the curtains. Is it sad that we've been married for over two years and this is the first time I've ironed?

Step 6: Measure the length of your curtain rod and give yourself about 1/2 inch extra wiggle room... because if you're anything like me it's really hard to sew a straight line! :)


Step 7: Before you sew the pocket for your curtain rod, here's a trick my mother-in-law taught me: put a piece of tape on your sewing machine that will be your guide for sewing a straight line. Honestly, I didn't even look at the needle for this step...I just kept my eye on the tape and made sure the fabric was right on the line. I put the tape down the whole length of my sewing machine and it was like MAGIC. Worked like a charm.

And voila, you have a valance! See I told you, SO easy!

I love making our house into a home. Little by little it's starting to come together. It's really my favorite thing, making it ours.


It's really starting to feel like home.

**Update December 18, 2013** Wow, the popularity of this post is overwhelming! I wrote this post mostly to help myself remember how to sew a valence and also to show some friends how to as well. If you have any questions or have made a curtain from my instructions I would LOVE to hear from you! My email is hannah.richins at gmail dot com. Thank you!!!

4 comments:

  1. I am really going to be making some of these, so I hope you'll have your phone around because I may have to call you a million times to make sure I get it right! :) Good job, Hannah! These look great!

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  2. “I think curtains are such an easy way to make a house more homey.” - I believe so too, Hannah! You did such a good job with the valance; I hope you’ll make an entire curtain with the same pattern. Keep us posted, pretty please! ^__^

    Roxie Tenner

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  3. It’s nice that you have skills in sewing, huh? You don’t have to spend money on buying curtains because you can create one on your own. I like the valance you made, by the way. It looks adorable and blends well with your white Venetian curtain. Did you make other valances since this?

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  4. Hannah,
    Don't feel bad, I've been married twice (23yrs the first time and going on 6 now) and I NEVER iron (except when I sew...made bibs for my new granddaughter and ironed them on the pull out cutting board that I never use....got a new use for it now!!)

    Beautiful valance....keep it up!!

    xoxox,
    Lori

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