DIY Window Valance | Free Tutorial

 With this easy diy window valance tutorial you can finish up any space with the perfect curtain!

diy window valance

I made this diy window valance to finish up the nursery and it was so quick and easy! Super affordable too 🙂

It’s nothing fancy but it does brighten up the space a bit. I went with a very classic style with a little gather across the top to give it some fullness

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DIY Window Valance Instructions

My window was 44″ and my finished valance is 12″ from top to bottom. As a general rule you want your fabric to be twice as wide as the window you are covering so adjust as needed. If you want it to be longer than 12″ when finished you’ll need a little extra fabric in that direction as well

Due to the direction of my fabric print I pieced to segments of fabric together and made the entire curtain from 1 yard. With stripes the seam in the middle is not noticeable at all. If you are using a solid fabric or larger print get enough fabric to just use one long piece

Here’s my cuts:

Then with right sides together I pieced them together along the 2 short edges to create one long strip of fabric that’s 18″ tall by 88″ wide (double my window width)


Hem the 2 short edges. I folded over 1/4″ towards the wrong side twice, pressed, and top stitched in place.


Hem the bottom edge


To create the gather across the top you need to do a wide hem. I folded over 1/4″ and then another 4″. I top stitched in place right along the bottom fold and then 2″ down. This gave me 2″ of ruffle up top and close to 2″ to slide my curtain rod through.


Slide the curtain rod through, hang it up and you’re done!

There you have the DIY Window Valance. Need more nursery inspiration? Don’t miss out on  our Nursery Canvas Wall Art or the Bird Baby Mobile Free Pattern!

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