Friday, May 1, 2009

Easy Valence

I love to make curtains! Many of the windows in our house have had two curtains in our almost seven years of marriage! With a little bit of fabric and a short time of sewing, you can easily freshen up a room with a new curtain. Curtains have none of that fussy fitting that can make garment sewing a challenge.

I made this simple valence for our kitchen window (I photographed it hanging on two chairs since the glare from the sunshine did not allow it to photograph properly.) I stole the idea from Nola. I love the tailored simplicity of this lined curtain.
If you want to copy the effect on your window, here is brief instructions. Cut your fabric one inch wider and twice as long as the desired curtain. Hem up the sides. Fold in half, right sides together and stitch the top seam. Turn right side out, press, and stitch the rod pocket. Cut a band out of contrasting fabric. ( I used the same fabric with the stripes running in the opposite direction.) Stitch the band to the bottom of the curtain. Add a simple bow, and hang your finished curtain!

1 comment :

  1. Cute Valence - I've made all our curtains too, we've been here 4 years and I've just started thinking, with Heather getting married and moving out, it's time to make some more changes maybe I'll move some rooms around and make some new curtains....good to hear I'm not the only one....but it will probably wait until fall.
    Take care and have a great week! Carolyn
    p.s. I love the baby sling too!


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