We recently moved into a new house and I really wanted to dress up the kids bedrooms a little. Being so sick lately I haven't sewn in months. I knew that the only way I would finish a project right now is if it was super easy. These Scrappy Patchwork Valances come together really quickly and easily.
You Will Need
Note: To determine the width (--) to cut the fabric pieces, you will need the width of your window. Take the width of your window x 2 ÷ 14 + ½" and you will get the width (--) you need to cut your fabric pieces. For example, I had one 35" window so I cut my pieces 5.5" wide to make a 70" x 20" valance.
(12) -- x 8" pieces of fabric (A)
(10) -- x 11.75" pieces of fabric (B)
(5) -- x 23" pieces of fabric (C)
valance rod(width rod should be 1.25" or less to fit in valance hole)
iron & pressing board
Tip: Starching your fabric before cutting will help stabilize the bias edges of the fabric and give you greater accuracy when piecing. It also helps the seams lay flatter and crisper. Visitpileofabric.com/starchingfor a free starching tutorial.
Step-by-Step Picture Tutorial
Step 1: Cut your fabric into three sizes (A, B, and C) as listed in the "You Will Need" list.
Step 2: Lay your pieces out as shown in Diagram #2. You should have 14 columns.
Tip: If you have a serger machine, than I suggest sewing the pieces together with the serger for a nice finished edge.
Step 3: Sew each column of A pieces together with a 1/4" seam allowance. Press the seams to one direction. Trim height of A columns to 23".
Step 4: Sew each column of B pieces together with a 1/4" seam allowance. Press seams to one direction. Column should measure 23".
Step 5: Sew all (14) columns together with a 1/4" seam allowance. Press the seams to one side.
Step 6: Fold under the left and right sides of the valance by a 1/2" and press.
Step 7: Topstitch 1/4" from the left and right side folded edges of the valance.
Step 8: Fold under the top edge of the valance by 2 1/2" and press.
Step 9: Topstitch 1/2" from the top folded edge. Then topstitch 2" from the folded top edge (this will give you a 1 1/2" hole for the rod).
Step 10: Fold under the bottom edge of the valance by a 1/2" and press.
Step 11: Topstitch 1/4" from the bottom folded edge.
For my daughters room I used some of the same fabrics as I used for her Rainbow Coin Quilt (freebie pattern!) that is on her bed.
Rainbow Scrappy Patchwork Valance #1
Rainbow Scrappy Patchwork Valance #2
For my sons room I used fabrics by Laura Gunn, which match my son's room perfect.
Boy's Scrappy Patchwork Valance
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions and be sure to pin it!
Welcome to the Pile O’ Fabric blog, my name is Alyssa Lichner, I live in sunny Gilbert, AZ. I am a freelance web and graphic designer turned avid sewist. I write modern quilting tutorials and share techniques and inspiration here at Pile O’ Fabric… Read More