Scrunched Window Valence
Want a little something different for your window treatment? Here's how to make a scrunched valence, like this one:
This window valence is
pretty simple... it's just a regular valence with a twist (or
rather, some scrunching).
Fabric cut to the 2-3 times the width of your window
*Optional: bias tape or other trim
You may either start by making a Simple Pocket Valence (instructions HERE)... OR... a Roman Valence (instructions HERE). The one shown in the picture on this page is a Roman Valence. (The only difference is that it has the little hangy ties, and the Simple Pocket Valence does not.) Follow the basic construction instructions on the page of the valence you want, but change the measurement of your fabric piece so that it will hang down to about 2/3 or so the length of your window. What worked well for me was to use the full width that my fabric came in from the bolt as the hanging length of the valence, and just to buy the length of my fabric to equal 2-3 times the width of my window.
When you hang your valence, it should hang to approximately 2/3 the length of your window, like this...
If you made a Roman
Valence, then tie the little ties to the height you
desire. If you made a Simple Pocket Valence, skip this
Pull each corner up and
behind the valence, about 1/3 of the way over (to your
ties if you made a Roman Valence), and use a clothespin
to pin it in place.
Now just start grabbing
and scrunching the fabric every which way, pinning it in
place using clothespins on the back side.
Just scrunch & pin,
scrunch & pin, then stand back and see what it looks
like to adjust accordingly. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat a lot
until you get it looking how you want it. Once you get
it how you like it, you can remove the curtain bar (with
curtain on it) from the wall, lay it out on your couch,
and then replace each clothes pin with a safety pin. Ta
da! Now there's a window treatment you don't see every
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.