How to Make a Custom Window Valance

What You'll Need
Suitable fabric
Tape Measure
Fabric marker
Invisible tape

If you want a custom window valance but don't want to pay a heavy price at a shop, then you should consider making your very own. Valances can be expensive, but you can also make them yourself for a lot less. Depending upon where you want the valance to go, you can make styles that hang from the top of the ceiling or ones that only hang around the windows themselves. Follow the simple steps below to create your own window valances.

Step 1 - Choose a Good Fabric

Before you can start your valance, you need to find the fabric you will use. Try and find a color and material that suits other features of the room, like wall paint or furniture. Look for interesting designs or other features that might draw the eye to your valance, although you might want to avoid anything that is overly strong or that clashes with other pieces. Select enough of the right fabric to make a window valance.

Step 2 - Measure the Valance

Measure the entire width of the window you wish to cover, including any frame or molding. If you are going to add curtains or blinds to the window, don't forget to include this in your measurements. Add 2 inches to the width measurement you obtain, and then multiply this amount by 2 to 3 inches, depending upon how wide you want the valance to be. The heavier your fabric, the smaller the number by which you should multiply it.

Once you have completed this calculation, mark out this width of the valance. Take a measurement from the top of the window to the bottom, and then add 10 inches. This is the length of valance that you will need.

Step 3 - Construct the Valance.

Once you have done this, you can cut out the valance from your fabric. Mark out the lengths using the fabric marker, and then cut with scissors. You may find that you need to cut the fabric into several pieces. You can then use an invisible fabric tape to connect the pieces together to make one long piece of fabric.

Step 4 - Sew the Valance

When  you have the length of fabric, you can then proceed to start sew the valance together, Take your trim, and fold over half an inch of the fabric. Sew the trim as you hem the edges. You should use an iron to press the creases as you stitch in pleats or folds, depending upon how much fabric you have cut.

When this is completed, you can then thread the fabric into the valance rod, and tie up the ends as with a normal valance.