In an earlier blog post, I talked about my new sewing machine. Well, now that I’ve graduated and got married I’ve had more free time which means I was actually able to take my sewing machine out of the box! For my first sewing project, I was looking for something simple to make that would be hard to mess up. My answer? A valence! My husband and I are renting a house and the windows came with old, lacy valences which aren’t exactly my taste. After a quick, $6 Joann’s run, I returned home and was ready to fire up my sewing machine.
I bought a yard and a half of fabric (enough so it could be a bunchy valence) and started by pinning in one inch on the two ends. After sewing the ends, I folded the top over a half inch and pinned and sewed it. Then I folded the top over again, but allowed 3-4 inches so there is plenty of room for the bar to slide in. I pinned the bottom last so I was able to make my valence the length I wanted, about 16″. After cutting off a few inches, I folded the bottom over about an inch, pinned it and sewed it. And that’s it! My window went from old school to modern in about an hour!