The style of this valance is probably one of my favorites. I like the overall look of the deep droops, the large rings and the contrasting fabrics.
Today I’m going to break down this style and give you a few tips on duplicating this look for yourself.
To achieve this look you’ll need fabric 2 times the width of your window/curtain rod.
Example: A 50″ wide window needs a 100″ wide valance = 2 widths of 54″ wide fabric.
Measurements: The above valance is 20″ long with the rings sewn approximately 14″ apart on the valance. You can also use clip rings if you prefer. The 2″ rings are spaced approximately 7″ apart on the rod.
The beaded trim is 4″ long as well as the contrasting turquoise fabric along the lower edge.
Allow 3″-5″ of the contrast fabric to show below the main fabric. Here the beads & contrast fabric are the same length but if the trim is shorter, allow about 1″ to show below the trim.
The spacing for the rings will differ depending on the final width of each valance but allow 12″ to 15″ between rings if possible.
For this look, it’s better to go wider than narrower for the finished valance width. If you’re trying to decide whether to go ahead an buy the extra fabric needed for a certain width or make do with less…buy the extra fabric.
A secret about this valance…which is not always noticeable at first…is the way it’s made.
Above you can see that the crinkle fabric that appears at the bottom of the valance is also the lining/back side of the valance.
The fold above (shown before it was stitched in place) is the lower hem that is seen from the front of the valance just behind the beaded trim. The stitch line, 2″ above where the two fabrics overlap, is hidden by the main valance fabric.
TIP: Consider which direction your window is facing before choosing a contrast lining. You might not want to see a turquoise lining along the front of your house OR if your window receives direct sunlight the lining may fade quickly.
While this valance is open between the two fabrics you can also achieve a similar look by sewing a band along the lower edge and topping the seam with trim. I’ve made many valances this way but the open technique give the valance a different, looser feel which I like.
The droop valance portion of this kitchen window treatment combination was sewn using the open method.
I’m almost positive this valance was made by sewing the navy band and the main fabric together. It’s really hard to tell in photos and even harder to remember! 🙂
For the top of the curtain, the two fabrics were sewn right sides together with 1/2″ seam allowance. After turning right side out, the turquoise crinkle didn’t want to lay as flat as I wanted it to so I topstitched the two fabrics together along the upper seam. You won’t always need to do this.
I love seeing the contrast fabric peeking out between each droop as well as repeated along the bottom. A look that’s prefect for any room in your home.
Fabrics were purchased at Fabrics Unlimited in OKC.
Trim – Ribbon Ball Black – fabricresource.com