Note: You may notice in the images that the material is not the same in some of the images. This is just because I purchased some curtains on two separate occasions and altered them - and I wanted to show a variety of photos - so I've done this project twice so far!
Step 1: Measure & Cut the Curtains
- The first thing you need to do is hang one of the curtains up on the curtain rod. This way you can see exactly how long it will be once it is on the curtain rod, so you can decide where to hem it. Mark the spot you want to hem it at - with a piece of tape or a marker.
- Lay the curtains on the floor. I recommend ironing the curtain at this point if you haven't already - it makes it easier to sew and work with. (in my image you can see how wrinkled it is - as I did not yet iron it)
- Fold material in half or lay it out flat - then cut a straight line across where you want to hem it. In the first image, you can see that I also cut a strip in the middle. I did this to create a tie for the curtain. *Note: Like I said in the first step, I did this project on two separate occasions. So here you can see there is not a lot of material left for a valance, although I could make a small one. My second time doing this, I had two feet of material left over - you'll see it in the other images. It was plenty of material to make a valance.
Step 2: Iron & Pin Curtains in Preparation for Hemming
- Fold the bottom of the material to prepare for hemming. You may need to put some water in your iron for steaming or use something to help keep the material ironed and flattened.
- After going across the bottom with the iron, then you will need to fold it one more time and iron again - pinning along the way. See images.
Step 3: Hem the Curtains
Now you can prepare to make your valances!
Step 4: Plan, Cut, Iron & Pin
For my valances, I originally created them to lay flat and go across the entire curtain rod. But, I thought it looked kind of weird as it was much wider than the actual window width, so I pinned it down in a few places and sewed it to create a new style, which you can see in the images.
- I folded my material in half, made chalk marks where I wanted to cut & then cut across with my rotary cutter
- I pinned the first one I cut onto the 2nd valance, so I could use it as a pattern & cut it exactly the same as the first one
- Then iron, just as you did in previous steps, fold, iron & pin in place
Step 5: Sew on Lace & Finish Up
This project has endless possibilities for different styles and you can really transform some boring curtains into beautiful custom pieces that fit your home nicely.