Roman Window Valence
This is a fancy looking valence that's pretty easy to make...
White eyelet fabric cut to 1 1/3 times the width of your window
Green (or other color) fabric cut to 1 1/3 times the width of your window the eyelet
Purple (or other color) fabric for top (Just enough to make a long strip the 2 2/3 times the width of your window)
Purple (or other color) trim 4 times the height of your valence
***Note that for simplicity's sake in giving directions, I'll just be referring to the fabrics as the color shown in the pictures. You can of course substitute other color combinations.
Cut the white eyelet fabric in half along the fold, so you have two pieces that are about 22" long and 1 1/3 times the width of your window wide. Sew them together, so you have one piece that's about 22" long and 2 2/3 times the width of your window wide.
Repeat previous step on your green fabric.
Cut your purple fabric
into 2 1/2" wide strips, and sew them together until you
have one long strip that is 2 1/2 " by the width of your
valence (2 2/3 times the width of your window).
Iron your purple fabric strip in half, so it's 1 1/4" instead of 2 1/2".
Cut your purple trim into two pieces. Each piece should be at least 22" long.
Serge or hem 3 edges (two short and one long) of your green fabric. These will be the sides and bottom edge. I used white thread on mine.
Serge or hem 3 edges
(two short and one long) of your white fabric. These
will be the sides and bottom edge. I used purple thread
Now you only have two seams left to sew. Lay out your green fabric, then lay your white eyelet fabric on top of it. Fold each purple trim piece in half, and place them at the 1/3 and 2/3 points of the width of your fabric.... but instead of laying them on top of the white fabric, have each trim piece straddle the white fabric, so that when the valence hangs, it has the purple trim behind and in front of the white eyelet fabric. Lastly, place your purple fabric strip on top, with all raw edges facing the same direction. It should look something like this...
With your layers pinned
securely in place, sew or serge them together.
Your last step is to
top stitch a line 1 1/2 to 3" below the seam you just
sewed/serged. This will create a pocket for the rod to
go through. Just be sure to make it big enough for your
rod to easily slide through.
Now the assembly is
complete! Hang it on your curtain rod, scrunching the
top evenly and making sure the two purple trims are
hanging at about 1/3 and 2/3 points over the window.
Last, just scrunch up the white eyelet with your hands,
and use the purple trim in front of and behind it to tie
a little bow. Afterwards, just make sure the two bows
are hanging evenly and the fabric looks somewhat
symmetrical in how it's scrunched and hanging.
Optional Variations: This can
also be done as a full length window shade. Just adjust
your fabric measurements so that the length of the
fabric will cover the length of your window, the width
of your fabric is 2-3 times the width of your window,
and the trim/ties will hang the full length of your
Last, if you decided to
do this project yourself, please send me a photo of it
with your name and what state you're from! I've recently
decided to start featuring my readers' finished results.