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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Lined Valance Without A Pattern

Decide on finished size of your valance based upon your window measurements.

My Valance: 49 ¾ inches wide by 14 ¾ inches long

For the valance width I added the following:
  • 1/2 inch side right seam allowanc
  • 1/2 inch left side seam allowance
Cutting Width: 50 ¾ inches

For the valance length I added the following:
  • 1/2 inch top seam allowance
  • 2 ¼ inch header
  • 1/2 inch bottom seam allowance
  • 5 ¼ inch hem

Cutting Length: 23 ¼ inches

Valance Final Cutting Dimension: 50 ¾ inches wide by 23 ¼ inches long

These figures were based upon how long I wanted my valance and that was determined by the pattern repeat in the wildlife print fabric I used. I wanted to make the most out of an expensive fabric and didn’t want to waste or ruin any cuts I’d be making to the remaining unused fabric that I will be making cushions and pillows out of at a later date.

Valance Lining: Cut fabric 50 ¾ inches wide by 8 ¾ inches long

  • Due to the loose weave of the wildlife print I serged all the edges without taking any material off
  • Do the same on the lining edges
  • Right sides facing sew the lining and print together along one of the 50 ¾ inch edges.
  • Press the seam open and stitch down the pressed seam on the lining side only, ¼ inch away from pressed center seam (did this so rod doesn't get caught in seam).
  • On the other 50 ¾ inch edge turn under ½” and stitch down.
  • Your valance and lining are now all one piece
  • Hem edge: with right sides together fold up the hem 5 ¼”, baste edges. Do not turn right side out.
  • Header edge: With right sides together fold your valance so that the top (wildlife print) has 2 ¼ inches folded down and the lining is laying flat on top of the hem edge you just turned up. The lining should overlap over the turned up hem edge. Pin down
  • You will be stitching both side seam edges closed breaking at the 2 ¼ inch header mark and restarting the stitching 1 ½ inches down from the header. This will leave an opening to create your casing for your curtain rod.
  • Turn valance right side out tucking your lining under your hem. Press valance making sure you keep the 2 ¼ inch header and the 5 ¼ inch hem.
  • Hand stitch hem closed to lining.
  • Stitch in the ditch at 2 ¼” for top of your rod casing
  • Stich 1 ½” away for the bottom of your casing.
  • Valance is now complete and ready to hang


Back of Valance


Finished window with the valance and the roman shade.

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