Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Ribbon-tie valance

I'm finally sharing this really easy valance with you! I made this a couple of months ago for the window in our master bathroom. To be perfectly honest, I hate the wall color in this room, but this fabric I had on hand complimented it really well, so I decided to just go with it until we can repaint.

In retrospect, I wish that I made just a plain white valance, but oh well! This tutorial will work for any fabric and ribbon combo you can think of! I might just make a white one after we repaint the bathroom. For now, let's get on to the tutorial!

You'll need:

  • Fabric of your choice
  • Coordinating ribbon
  • Thread
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors

First, measure your window. You want the valance to be wide enough to cover the window, with an extra inch or so on each end, so that you get just a slight gathering on the curtain rod. I cut mine 39" wide for my window. As for the length, you'll want it to be about 32" long.

Once your fabric is cut, begin by folding down the edge on what will be the bottom of your valance. Iron it down and pin it. 


Repeat this for each side of the valance.

For the top of your valance, you're going to create a rod pocket that will accommodate your rod. I made mine an inch and a half wide (after seam allowance).

Now the basic valance is done, and you just need to add the ribbon. Cut 2 strips of ribbon that are about 72" long each. I used almost 2 full spools for this valance.

For the ribbon placement, I measured in 9" from each end of the valance and attached my ribbon there. If your valance is a different size than mine, just make sure you have an equal amount of space on each side of the ribbon.

Drape the ribbon over the top of the valance and be sure you have an even amount of ribbon draping down the front and back of the valance.

Pin the ribbon in place and sew. Follow along the seam that you already made for the rod pocket so that they line up nicely.

Now, hang your valance up.

Gather your fabric upward right underneath the ribbon. Grab each end of the ribbon and tie it up to hold the fabric you've just gathered.

There you have it! If you're thinking this fabric looks familiar, you're right. You've seen it on my bench cushion. Since I obviously already had this fabric on hand, I only had to buy the ribbon for this project which was about $7 total. This is definitely a very inexpensive window treatment you could make for any room in your house! And like I said before, the fabric and ribbon combinations are endless. 

PS-We do have blinds on this window too! I just rolled them up to let more light in for the pictures. Window coverings are a must when your neighbors are this close!

I hope you are all having a great day! Is anyone else feeling like this summer is just flying by?!


  1. Thanks for the tips...I always find whenever you can do it yourself it's best so I like to get as many techniques and tips as possible, well my wife makes me ha!

  2. Great DIY Rachel! I've made this type of curtain several times, but usually with sheer white fabric. ;-)

  3. Thanks Mary Ann! I wish I made this from sheer white fabric! That would be so cute!

  4. Just made the valance ,so easy looks really nice

  5. Really nice. What type of fabric did you use?


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