Project Design Team Wednesday~Easy Custom Curtains and Valance

Posted by administrator on Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

 



Easy Custom Curtains and Valance
Designed by Heather Jones for Riley Blake Designs
 
 
 
This easy window treatment will look great in any little girl’s room. Switch out the fabrics to make it a perfect custom project for a little boy’s room, too! 
 
All seams, unless noted, are ¼”. Please read all instructions before getting started. I've also made the directions available to you as a free pdf by downloading here on google docs

 

Materials:

Pink Apple Basket Fabric (C2891): 4 yards
Green Apple Herringbone Fabric (C2896): 1 yard
Red Apple Dot Fabric (C2895): 1 yard
Coordinating thread
Sewing machine
Iron
Pins, scissors, rotary cutter, plastic ruler, etc.
Cardstock, permanent marker
Serger (Optional)
Your choice of curtain hanging system and hardware


Make a pressing guide:
 
 

1. Using a permanent marker and a clear plastic ruler, measure ½”, 1”, and 3 ½” in from the long edge of the piece of cardstock.
 


 
2. Mark each measurement with the permanent marker and ruler. Use your pressing guide to make easy, accurate pressing creases for this project and any other project where you need to press accurately.

Make curtain panels:




1. Fold the four yards of the Pink Apple Basket Fabric in half to find the center, and cut the piece into (2) 72” pieces. Don’t worry about removing any of the selvedges.

2. Measure and cut (2) 11” pieces from the yard of Green Apple Herringbone fabric. Again, don’t worry about removing any of the selvedges.
 

 
 3. Sew the Green Apple Herringbone fabric to the bottom edge of the Pink Apple Basket fabric. 



Place the green fabric on top of the pink fabric, right sides together, pin...


 

and sew, making sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of your seam to lock the stitches. Finish the seam by serging the ends with a serger or by running a zig zag stitch along the raw edges with your regular sewing machine.


 
Press the seam towards the green fabric. 

Tip: if the print of your fabric has a direction, be sure to sew the strip to the bottom so the pattern hangs correctly from the rod.


 
Here's what the panel will look like from the front after this step. 
 



4. Fold in the edges along the length to make the side hems. With fabric facing wrong side up, fold the selvedge end of the fabric in and on itself ½”, using the pressing guide to measure...

 
and press with a hot iron. Continue all along the entire length of the pieced fabric. 



Here's what the edge will look like after the first press. 



 
Then, using the pressing guide again, fold in another ½” ... 
 
 
and press.

 
Pin along the length of the side hem. 
 
 
Sew along the inner edge of the folded fabric with coordinating thread to finish the side hem. Repeat this step on the other side of the fabric panel, and then repeat the entire process for the second fabric panel.
 
 
Here's what the finished side hem will look like on the back side of the curtain panel. 


And here's what the front will look like at this point in the process. 

 
 
5. Make the bottom hems. With the fabric facing wrong side up, use the pressing guide and fold the bottom edge of the green fabric in and on itself 1”, and press with a hot iron. Continue all along the width of the green fabric. Then, using the pressing guide again, fold in another 1” and press. 


6.  Miter the corners. Open up the folded section of the green fabric...

 
and fold the corner in, at a 45 degree angle, onto itself, so that the tip of the corner just touches the crease formed by pressing the fabric at the ½” mark. Press the corner with a hot iron to miter it.

 
 Then, refold the all of the creases and press with a hot iron.

 

 

 
Here's what the corner will look like after it has been mitered. 

 
 
7. Place pins along the hem and sew, just along the top edge of the fold, to finish the bottom hem. Repeat Steps 4-6 for the second fabric panel. 
 
 
Here's what the bottom hem will look like after it is finished. 
 


8. Make the top rod pocket. With the fabric facing wrong side up, use the pressing guide to fold the fabric in and on itself ½” and press with a hot iron. Continue all along the width of the panel.

 
Then, using the pressing guide again, fold the fabric in another 3 ½” and press with a hot iron. Repeat along the entire width of the panel. 

 
9. Miter the corners as described in step 6.
 

 
 
10. Hold the fold in place with some pins, and sew, just long the top edge of the folded section, to make the rod pocket. Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of the seam to lock the stitches. Repeat with the other fabric panel.

11. Press both panels with a hot iron.

 
Congratulations! The two fabric curtain panels are now finished. 
 

Make valance:

 

1. Measure and cut 19” from the yard of the Red Apple Dot fabric. Don’t worry about removing any of the selvedges.
 
 
2. Fold in the edges along the length to make the side hems. With fabric facing wrong side up, fold the selvedge end of the fabric in and on itself ½”, using the pressing guide to measure, and press with a hot iron. Continue along the entire length of fabric. Then, using the pressing guide again, fold in another ½” and press. Pin along the length of the side hem.

 
Sew along the inner edge of the folded fabric with coordinating thread to finish the side hem. Repeat this step on the other side of the fabric valance.


3. Make the bottom hem. With the fabric facing wrong side up, use the pressing guide and fold the bottom edge of the red fabric in and on itself ½”, and press with a hot iron. Continue all along the width of the fabric. Then, using the pressing guide again, fold in another ½” and press. Miter the corners of the bottom hem of the valance as described in Step 6 above.
 

4. Place pins along the hem and sew, just along the top edge of the fold, to finish the bottom hem. 

 
5. Make the top rod pocket. With the fabric facing wrong side up, use the pressing guide to fold the fabric in and on itself ½” and press with a hot iron. Continue all along the width of the panel. Then, using the pressing guide again, fold the fabric in another 3 ½” and press with a hot iron. Repeat along the entire width of the valance. Miter both corners of the valence pocket as described in Step 6 above. 

 
 
Hold the folds in place with some pins...

 
 
and sew, just long the top edge of the folded section, to make the rod pocket. Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of the seam to lock the stitches.

6. Press the valance with a hot iron.


 
 
Congratulations! You’re finished with your window treatment! Hang the panels, with the valance in between, on your curtain rod of choice. I used a wooden rod with finials, but this will work on just about any standard curtain rod. Feel free to adjust the length as needed for your window size to make a custom window treatment.

Here are some detailed shots of the project.



I really love the contrasting fabric at the bottom of the panel and I think it really gives the project a finished, tailored look. 


 
And, of course, the Apple Dots are so sweet and provide the perfect focus for the window treatment.
 





 The window I used in my project is a standard-sized window, but this pattern is easy to customize further by shortening or lengthening the measurements as needed to fit with your own window’s measurements.
 
 
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Thanks so much Heather!
What a great addition to any room:) 
 
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Special THANKS to Doodlebug for their great giveaway! 

~Have a wonderful day everyone!~

Category: Project Design Team Wednesday


Comments

  1. So cute!!
    by Maureen Cracknell
    May 09th, 2012 at 10:13 a.m.
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