Quick and easy pleated window valance
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|Since window sizes vary, amounts of fabric will vary by project. See below. I bought my valance curtain rod at Big Lots for $1.25. To be honest, I’ve never put up a valance before, and this rod seems kind of like it will fall down if I sneeze in the room, so perhaps it’s worth it to spend a few bucks more!|
|You’ll need to measure your window before buying your rod. They are adjustable and come in a range, so pick something that will adjust to the size of your window. Adjust the width to a size that’s pleasing to you. I put a piece of scotch tape over the place where it adjusts to keep it from moving while I work. You may want to read the tutorial first and then come back to the measurements after you understand it.
Using a tape measure, measure the length of the rod, from end to end, even around the curves. Also measure the length of the sides, also called the “return.” This is the point from the walls to where the rod bends around to the front.
My total measurement was 44.5″. My return was 2″. So the front of the rod by itself was 40.5″.
I wanted four pleats in my valance, even spaced along the front of the rod.
To cut my fabric, I cut the main fabric 49.5″. This allows my distance from end to end, including returns, plus pleat seam allowances (you’ll see) for four pleats (at 1/2″ x 2 each), plus side hems (1/2″ each side). I cut it 14.5″ long (top to bottom).
For my contrast fabric, I cut four pieces 8.5″ x 14.5″.
For the top, I cut the contrast fabric 44.5″ x 3″ (that first number would be your original width measurement). This pieces is the casing for the rod.