Easy Piece-y Valance Tutorial

September 17, 2013 in Projects

Totally Stitchin': Pieced Valanced Tutorial

I am re-doing my daughter’s “big girl” room and really excited with how it is all turning out! Follow along with my next several tutorials in the coming weeks because I am going to show you how to make a complete bedroom set. We’ll be making a valance, curtains, a comforter blanket, bed skirt, a pillow sham or 2, some throw pillows, and a pillowcase. I am looking forward to this sewing journey; hope you are too! (Also, P.S., you could totally do the valance, curtains, comforter, and pillowcase with boy fabric for a boys room too)!

Let’s start with the valance! This valance fits one standard window; it’s length is 70″ and it gathers a little; it can have a header or not. (Wall art displayed below from Hobby Lobby).

Totally Stitchin': Pieced Valanced Tutorial

Supply List 

*First length for fabric is if you don’t want to do any piecing, second measurement conserves fabric, but piecing is involved…I just go the full length, so, no piecing because I figured I could use any extra for my comforter or throw pillows

Fabric A (my blue/butterfly fabric) 2 yds or 27″ (see above note)

Fabric B (my green fabric) 2 yds or 13″

Fabric C (my sparkly stripe fabric) 2 yds or 20″

Lining Fabric (can just be extra fabric…I pieced 2 strips of satin together) 20″ (cut 2 – 10″ strips and piece together)

Thread

Baby Lock Sewing Machine

Serger optional

Instructions

1. Cut strips. If you have the full length, cut all fabrics’ length at 71″ by these widths: Fabric A 13″, Fabric B 6″, and Fabric C 4.5″. If you don’t have the full length and just got enough fabric to piece them together, then, cut the widths as specified and cut the length to combine to make 71″ (don’t forget a 1/2″ seam allowance when cutting; otherwise, it will just be a little smaller, no big deal). Cut another strip from Fabric C at 71″ by 4.5″ and cut your lining at 71″ by 10″. (If you just bought enough to piece strips together, then, go ahead and piece them now).

Totally Stitchin': Pieced Valanced Tutorial

2. Flip Fabric B up to Fabric A and with pretty sides together, sew with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

Totally Stitchin': Pieced Valanced Tutorial

3. Flip Fabric C up to Fabric B, pretty sides together and sew with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Serge or finish your edge is desired (not completely necessary as it will all be hidden seams…I just wanted to because I think it looks nice while I’m working…haha). Then, press all seam allowances down toward the bottom of the valance.

Totally Stitchin': Pieced Valanced Tutorial

 

 

All pressed and ready for the next step…shown below

Totally Stitchin': Pieced Valanced Tutorial

4. Now, we’re going to flip our hem facing up to the third row (pretty sides together) and stitch at a 1/2″ seam allowance. Serge if desired.

Totally Stitchin': Pieced Valanced Tutorial

5. Now, understitch (stitch your seam allowance to the hem facing about a 1/4″ up (that is what I’m pointing at in the picture)). This seam gives the hem some nice weight so that it hangs nicely.

Totally Stitchin': Pieced Valanced Tutorial

6. Iron facing up.

Totally Stitchin': Pieced Valanced Tutorial

6. Stitch lining fabric to facing (1/2″ seam allowance). Serge if desired.

Totally Stitchin': Pieced Valanced Tutorial

Fabric A extends past lining because it will fold down and create the tube for the curtain rod.

Totally Stitchin': Pieced Valanced Tutorial

7. Now, flip sides to where pretty sides are together once more and sew your 1st strip (Fabric A) to your lining fabric (once again, with a 1/2″ seam allowance) creating a large tube. Serge if desired.

Totally Stitchin': Pieced Valanced Tutorial

8. I turned mine right side out here to see what it looked like and pressed it, lay it flat as it would with the lower hem already pressed and press your seam and top edge out flat.

Totally Stitchin': Pieced Valanced Tutorial

9. Serge or finish (overcast with sewing machine, pinking sheer, or conceal with bias tape) both circles on each end (I serged mine…quick and easy)! I then, lined up and sewed a half inch stitchline around each end (this is my iron line…you can also just mark it with a marking utensil if you prefer).

Totally Stitchin': Pieced Valanced Tutorial

10. Then, iron in that half inch…in towards the inside (which may be more easily accomplished if you turn your tube back inside out.

Totally Stitchin': Pieced Valanced Tutorial

11. Then, your going to stitch down the hem allowance about a 1/4″ in just at the top of each side for 8″. So, from the crease that you ironed at the top, you’ll stitch starting 4″ before the crease, to 4″ after the crease (basically, we’re stitching the hems of the ends of the tube down that will encase our curtain rod).

Totally Stitchin': Pieced Valanced Tutorial

12. We are going to close the rest of the tube completely off. Pin the front and back together and sew the 2 layers together about a 1/4″ in from bottom to 4″ from the top (this only leaves open 4″ at the top where are curtain rod will reside).

Totally Stitchin': Pieced Valanced Tutorial

13. Topstitch 2 seams, one at 2″ down and one at 4″ down from the top. Now, you can choose whether you’d like a valance header or not (pictures, scroll down) with both of these stitchlines.

Totally Stitchin': Pieced Valanced Tutorial

14. Clip threads and marvel at it. Then, hang it up with pride!

Totally Stitchin': Pieced Valanced Tutorial

Totally Stitchin': Pieced Valanced Tutorial

 

Here it is with no header:

Totally Stitchin': Pieced Valanced Tutorial

And here it is with a header:

Totally Stitchin': Pieced Valanced Tutorial

Sneak peak at what’s to come…the comforter!

Totally Stitchin': Pieced Valanced Tutorial

 

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