Saturday, January 19, 2013

Kitchen Valance Tutorial

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 Changing your valance in the kitchen periodically is a great way to liven things up.  I saw a picture of this fabric on Pinterest and repinned it to my "Crafty Inspirations" board.  The pin was from " and I luuved it!  The Damask pattern is really popular now.   After the holidays, I gave it a whirl and ordered the material from "Warehouse Fabrics Inc. on the internet in the Black/White as I have black accents in my kitchen. I already had a black rod at the window, so I decided to try and use it.  The molding on my upper cabinet is somewhat in the way of my window, but I tried to make it fit and look like a pulled up roman shade.
Found this adorable hand towel from Kirkland's.

You can see a little wall space on the side, but from the front, it looks just fine.
I could fix that if I made the valance with the wood and L-brackets, but was a little lazy daisy you might say.

Here is a quick tutorial on how I made this.

  1. Measure the top of your rod across from end to end right where you want the material to hang (before the bracket) and add 2" on each side for seams.  (Fold and pin your side seams and hold up the material on rod to make sure it is accurate before sewing.  (Want it to hang flat and straight).
  2. Then measure how long you would like the valance.  Take a measuring tape and measure from the top of your rod down to about 40" + 4" for top rod pocket + 2-3" for bottom hem.   (My rod is about 3-4" above the molding also)  
  3. Measure and measure again and then cut out your material.  Sew side seams first, then sew the top pocket for rod.  I made a 4" pocket.  It depends on how large your rod is, adjust accordingly. Sew bottom hem.
  4. After the valance is made and hanging on the rod, you will be folding up/under about 6" of material from the center to pin and make a faux pleat.  (Just take a finger under the material on each side, lift up about 6" or so and pin on each side (underneath) and one pin in the middle (underneath) so it doesn't show.
  5. Wha-la!  It sounds hard, but it's not.  If you can sew a hem on your sewing machine, you can do this.  Good Luck!
Please let me know if you have any questions.  Hopefully, I dind't leave anything out.  

P.S.   I almost forgot, you can use the iron on strips for hemming if you do not sew and the total cost for 1 yard of material was about $10.00!  The material is nice; thick and silky.  Didn't even have to sew a backing or iron it.  Whoo-Hoo!!

Til Then,

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