Sunday, February 21, 2010

Easy Valances

My rental windows needed a little help.
Color + cover mini blinds = velcro valances.

Here's my quick velcro valance tutorial...

1. Choose print fabric and cotton backing. I like bottom weights for the back because they are thicker and make the valance lie flat.

2. Measure your window width. Add one inch to the width for seams. I like an eight inch length, so I cut my fabric at 9 inches.

3. Lie your fabrics right side together, cut out desired size and pin around the valance.
4. Stitch around valance with 1/2 inch seam. Leave 3 inch opening on one side for reversing the fabric.
5. Check valance seams against your window opening before turning valance.
6. Turn valance inside out.
7. Use scissors to fully push out valance corners. Pin the opening closed.
8. Iron seams flat and straight. Iron body of the valance.
9. Stitch around valance with 1/4 inch seam.
10. Use industrial strength, sticky back velcro. Cut into 1 inch pieces. Adhere 4 pieces across the top of the valance, and one pieces at each bottom corner.
11. Remove velcro backing and press firmly on all four corners, and mid-valance.

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