My New Craft Room: Window treatments (and how I made them)

Now that the big pieces were completed, I could turn to the fluff, which included window treatments. I had just enough fabric left over from my chair make-over to sew a simple valance. And I mean REALLY simple.

All I did was measure the interior width of my window and added about an inch to each side and about 4 inches to the bottom for hemming and attachment. HOWEVER, you could easily use a table runner or even a rectangular scarf for your curtain, letting the ‘tails’ hang, OR you could just rip the fabric to size. Either option eliminates the sewing.

(A note about hemming: I turned the sides under a half inch, pressed, turned under another half inch, and then sewed a seam. For the hem, I turned under about ½ inch and then turned under an additional 2 inches or so and finished up with a blind hem stitch. You could, of course, sew a simple top-stitch seam here.)

The rest is easy. I took a couple scraps of oak (about 3/4" by 1/4" thick) cut to fit the inside measurement of my window. I stapled the curtain to the wood and then tacked the wood into place inside my window frame. HOWEVER, I’m thinking you could attach your valance with sticky-back Velco too.


Tomorrow’s post: art supply shelf

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Emily R. on May 21, 2012:

What a great and simple way to make window treatments Indianapolis.  I have a ton of left over fabric from my quilting.  I am sure I can have some really great window treatments!

baconthecat on Jul 24, 2007:

Huh. So incredibly simple, yet so pretty. We have the ugly, dreadful blinds 'adorning' our windows :( I do have a pair of homemade curtains from a yellow seersucker tablecloth (I am so proud of them still!) on our dining room window, but the blinds are still there.

DesigningMom on Jun 02, 2007:

Maven so cute and easy too.  I have an easy no sew window treatment I'll have to tell about.  I love how this one shows our pretty wood work.

DIY Maven on May 11, 2007:

Thanks leecorrina. I'm all about less is more when it comes to window treatments.

leecorrina on May 10, 2007:

simple and beautiful. what more can you ask?! nice.

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