Want a pretty, custom curtain that you can whip up in a jiffy? Well, I've got just the one for you! It's this sweet ribbon valance and, trust me, anyone can make it and you don't even need to know how to sew! I promise!
My daughter was begging for a more glamorous looking teen room, but I was not looking to spend a lot of time or money to get there, so I came up with this little valance and now we're both happy.
Now, don't let the sparkly fabric and the ribbons fool you. This style is as well suited for a baby girl's nursery as it is for your husband's office or little boy's baseball themed bedroom. The pattern can be adapted to use with any fabric and it will be your fabric that will dictate the personality of the drapes and ultimately the room.
If you're not into bows, no problem, you can knot the ribbon and hide it in the back. You will get the same look without the frill.
Either way, the directions will be the same.
Start by figuring out how much material you will need. I did not double the window width for this curtain as I wanted it to hang pretty flat and straight. I made sure I left enough for my rod projection (2") and a bit of gathering (2"). So my window was about 30", I cut my material to 36" wide. I cut the length to 30", as my valance is 14" long. I needed to double the fabric and leave enough for a seam. You can leave less, but I'm a sloppy seamstress.
The first thing I did was turn my fabric inside out and sew (or glue or iron tape) the sides up, stopping about an inch or inch and a half from the open end at the top. This creates the rod pocket, so make sure you measure your rod and adjust your opening accordingly. Next, I sewed across the top. I ended up with a rectangle that had two holes at the top corners. I turned it inside out and threaded it onto the rod.
To finish it off, I added the ribbon. I used two yards of ribbon, one for each bow. I literally looped the ribbon over the top of the rod and tied a bow, like I would tie my shoes...and I was done. I did not anchor the ribbon, it just hangs loosely over the rod.
I fluffed and primped the material a bit, to make sure that my ribbons were centered and I had the desired amount of gather. Then I was done. My machine actually behaved this time, so it took me less than a half an hour to create two of these little lovelies.
Super simple, yet simply stunning!
What do you think of my ribbons and bows?
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