Yesterday, in my Kitchen Valance Reveal, I promised you a tutorial.
Can you believe this valance, with all its curves, fullness, and movement, is just a long, really long, rectangle?
You won’t believe how easy! Even for-a-beginner easy. Even if-you-can-only-sew-a-straight-seam easy.
And…even if-you-can-only-use-iron-on-hem-tape easy.
Here’s where we start.
Let me just rotate this a bit and get some notes on the cut strip of fabric.
A hint about height: your valance should be approximately 1/3rd or 1/5th your window height. Lay a wide tape measure against your window to help you visualize different lengths.
Before cutting, think through the steps ahead. Don’t forget pattern matching for prints. Cut enough widths (strips across from selvage to selvage) to achieve the long run after sewing together.
Remembering pattern matching, sew (or hem tape) widths together to achieve your window width x 2.5.
For the reverse side, you can either:
- edge the top and bottom with a contrasting fabric
- edge it with the same fabric as the front
- or line it completely with a contrasting fabric. (I recommend this way for no-sew simplicity.)
This piece needs to be 1/4″ shy of the top fabric cut height measurement (but the same length). That makes it easier when you press it later, to keep the reverse fabric from peeking out past your top fabric along the top and bottom edges.
At each end, you’ll need a solid portion of contrast (not your white lining fabric-unless you planned it that way), since it may show a little bit in the flowing of your “cascading” ends.
See what I mean about using a solid reverse side? It saves a few steps.
As it turns out, my solid ends show the reverse side only slightly from the front. It all depends on how you place your cascades. You’ll see in a later post a different way of hanging your valance to show more of the reverse side.
Sew (or hem tape) right sides together along top and bottom, leaving ends open.
Flip right side out, and press, press, press.
(Seems weird to have my name on my iron, y’all! I don’t label everything in my home, but I took my iron someplace that mixed it with other people’s irons. I really wanted to get home with mine.)
Working from the reverse side as you press is easiest to ensure the top fabric is pressed to peek over that edge just a tish. Tish is a highly technical term, y’all.
A Southern term, I guess.
Sort of like sliver.
“Thank you, ma’am, I’d like just a sliver.” (Pie, of course.)
Ends come out uneven? Doesn’t matter, ’cause we tuck those inside to even it up. Press, then top-stitch it close to the edge (or iron that hem tape inside there).
To hang your treatment:
It really helps at the beginning to clip the first and last ring at the right spot for your “cascading ends” to be the length you like. Then work from there.
Beginning with the cascade ring, clip your fabric across the run of it, spacing evenly between rings. Work with the fabric a little to get it to curve at the proper places.
It won’t hurt my feelings if you look at the picture again for this step. Here’s a closer look, y’all.
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