How to make a tailored valance

I finally put the tutorial together on how to make the tailored valance I did here.  My “assistant” Brady came over one day and took pictures and video of the process.  He hasn’t finished the video, but I will post that when he gets it done.  I didn’t take pictures when I actually made my valances, so I had to do a mock up version for this tutorial.

With this type of valance you can get away with not lining your fabric.  The majority of the valance is against the upper part of the wall above the window, very little is in the actual window.  Whenever you can see a valance or drapery from the outside looking in, always line the fabric to give your windows uniformity from the outside view.   Also, make sure the type of fabric you are using is not a thin cotton, otherwise you might have to line it to give it more visual weight and to lay properly.

Here are the supplies you will need:

  • 1″ x 4″ pine board {make sure it is straight} the length of your window plus 4″
  • White fabric to cover the board
  • Fabric for your valance {quantity depends on the size of your window}
  • Sewing machine {this tailored valance can be made into a “no sew version” by using iron on sewing tape rather than the sewing machine}
  • Iron
  • Staple gun
  • “L” brackets

Tailored Valance Tutorial

{You might think this next step is unnecessary since the board will be covered in your valance fabric. The reason for this is, if you put this valance say in a window above a couch, and someone is to look up they won’t see raw wood behind the valance.  It gives it a more finished look}

Tailored Valance Tutorial

How to make a tailored valance{Clarification as to why you need the extra 7″. This is the total for the two sides of the board which are each 3 1/2″ wide}

Tailored Valance TutorialTailored Valance TutorialThis is where I forgot to take a picture of  how I placed the board on the fabric and how I lined it up.  Contact me if you have any questions on this stepTailored Valance TutorialHow to make a tailored valanceHow to hang a valanceYou should use at least two “L” brackets to hang your valance, three if your window is super long.  Once you get your “L” brackets up, slide your valance on to the top of the bracket centering the valance to the window.

Your finished window should look like this

Flat panel done in Platueau/lemon

Doing tutorials are always tough for me, so if you have any questions please feel free to contact me.  But I hope I covered it enough that you will be able to make your own.  If you do, I would love to see pictures!

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Comments

  1. I don’t plan to make any, but I know how to make them now! Great tutorial stephanie!!  I can’t wait to see the video. :)
    gail

  2. That looks beautiful! I love it! Maybe I’ll make some for our guest bedroom…

  3. This is outstanding Stephanie! Your tutorial was very helpful. Me thinks I will be making some very soon : )

  4. Erin @ How to Nest for Less says:

    Stephanie, I LOVE THIS!!! I’m getting ready to redo my Great Room and this will definitely come in handy :)

  5. Silviajceballos@yahoo.com says:

    Omg where did you get the fabric it is so perfect for my living room!

  6. Thanks for the tutorial. Love your fabric choice to0! If I have a window that butts up to a wall, how do I determine the width of the board and fabric? I think I need to subtract 2″ for board width, but what about for the fabric? thanks for your help!

  7. I love this! I just made one for the window over my sink. I can’t hang it up yet though because I’m in the middle of painting, but I’m making two more for the other windows in my kitchen too!

  8. I used your instructions to make a beautiful valance for a set of windows >10 feet long. It looks amazing!! Thanks for your help. :)

  9. great detailed instructions. i have the vision to make mine.

  10. Brytani says:

    Do you know if these would work on a vaulted ceiling? Our ceiling is vaulted so it’s not a 90 degree angle about the window…does that make sense? Would it still work, or would it probably look weird because of the gap?

  11. Stephanie, I’m really new to Pinterest but if tutorials are tough for you, you certainly make them easy for me!

  12. I followed your fantastic tutorial and now I have a beautiful valence in my kitchen! Thank you so much! After I hung it I realized it was a bit too long so we took it down, I unstapled the fabric and re – hemmed it about 3 inches shorter. Then the bottom looked kind of unfinished so I sewed on some trim from Hobby Lobby. It is up again and looks great! Thank you!

  13. This is such a great tutorial!!! I’m going to usenet to make a valence for my baby’s nursery! Love it!!!!

    • Oh how wonderful! It really is an easy project and dresses up a window so nicely. Thank you for appreciating my tutorial, they are hard work, but when someone takes the time to leave a comment, it makes it all worth it :)

  14. I don’t understand when measuring to have your board cut why you need to add four inches, two on each side. Your finished valances look like they end and return right at the end of the window frame.

  15. Thank you for the tutorial! Question about measurements. You said to add 7″ to width, 3 1/2″ to length. If I use a 1×4″ board wouldn’t I need to add 8″ width (4″x2) and 4″ length? Also, your video says you fold and iron 1/2″ then fold, iron and sew another 1/2″. Written tutorial says to fold and iron 1/2″ then fold… 1″. Will both work?

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