Another Easy Valance

I recently finished curtain #3 of my Sister’s Christmas present.  Only two more to go and it’s already July.  Maybe I’ll have them all done by next Christmas.
Anyway, Curtain #3 is a valance for her laundry room.  I didn’t really use a pattern since I knew what I wanted the curtain to look like and it wasn’t too complicated.
I started with my fabric cut into the shape of a rectangle.  To figure out the width of the rectangle to cut, I used the following calculation.  “Rod” left and right are the wide the that rod sticks out from the wall.
DIY Valance Measurements

The length of the fabric was just how long I wanted the valance to hang down plus 1 inch (total) for the top and bottom seam allowances.  Once my fabric was cut I used it as a pattern to cut the lining the same size.

Cutting the fabric for a DIY Valance

With both the fabric and lining on top of one another, I folded it in half and cut an arch into the fabric.  I cut both pieces at the same time to they would be exactly the same size.  (If you were doing two valances, then I would recommend cutting all the pieces together so they would have the same arch.)

Cutting a DIY Valance without a pattern

Here’s what it looked like after I cut the arch out.

DIY Valance without a pattern
And the same piece once I unfolded it.  See how nice and smooth the arch is?


How to sew a DIY Valance without a pattern

I pinned the lining to the fabric (right sides together) and headed upstairs to my sewing machine.

Pinning a DIY Valance

Here’s what it looked like after sewing.  (NOTE:  To leave a space for the curtain rod, you can’t just sew around the whole thing.  Take a look at the diagram in my last valance tutorial for more info.)

DIY Valance after sewing

I gave it a good ironing and headed straight to my sister’s house to hang it.

Ironing the DIY Valance

And here’s one more look at the finished product!

Easy To Sew DIY Valance

This was a fun little valance to make and the whole project took less than an hour!

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