How to Make Bay Window Valances

What You'll Need
Decorative valance/curtain rod
18 by 60 inch fabric for each valance (3 for bay windows)
Basic sewing skills

There are so many different bay window valances to select from for your home décor. They range from being simple to being elaborate and are inexpensive to purchase or make. When choosing your valance for a bay window, the theme of the room and the color scheme need to be considered. A valance can be as elegant as ever, but if it does not match the room colors or theme it will look odd and out of place. The size of the bay window will need to be considered also. If there is little space, a fluffy valance will not look right. If the window is large, a flat valance will not look right. Box valances or basic cloth valances can both be suitable for a bay window. Bay windows are the room’s focal point and their dimensions should be taken advantage of. To make a bay window valance, use the tools and steps below.

Step 1 – Measure Window and Purchase Fabric

Measure the bay window sections. Purchase a fabric pattern of your choice that is 60 inches in width. Usually the valance is twice the window width. If the window is 35 inches wide, then 60 inches will do for one section. To ensure you have the right fabric size and a straight fabric cut, have the clerk cut you a half of a yard for each valance piece (in this case 3 pieces).

Step 2 – Hemming the Fabric Edges

Hem the fabric ends two inches using the Heat N Bond. Heat-N-Bond comes in light weight up to super weight. Depending on the thickness of the fabric, you will know which weight to buy. Fold one end of the fabric 2 inches down and iron it all the way across. Unroll the Heat-N-Bond one strip at a time about 3 to 4 inches. Start at one end of the fabric and fix the edge of the hem so a curtain rod will be able to fit in it. Hold the iron over the Heat-N-Bond you placed in the fabric fold, on a high setting for about 10 seconds in one place. Repeat this step until you have the whole length hemmed.

Step 3 – Hemming the Bottom

Fold the bottom end in 2 inches. Since a curtain rod will not go in the bottom of the valance, you can place the Heat-N-Bond anywhere in the fold.

Step 4 – Adding the Finishing Touches to the Bay Window Valance

When you are done hemming the bay window valance, you can add things such as decorative tassels by using a needle and thread. Optionally, you can leave them plan with no tassels. Any curtain or valance rod of your choice can be hung. If the valances are too long, cut off about 2 inches.