We have old built-ins in our living room. There are two smaller windows in the center of them. I have been struggling for years on what to do to anchor them and tie them into the room. Most valances are just too long or large for this space.
When I found some red curtains for the other windows in the room, I decided to purchase one extra panel and take a stab at sewing my own valances. I have seen a few tutorials on how to make them, giving me lots of inspiration. In the end, I did not use a tutorial, but did what I thought would look right. First, I cut the curtain into two 15.5 inch pieces. Then I hemmed it up three inches on each side. This left a finished length of 9 inches, keeping them short enough to add color, but not block the sun coming in through the windows.
Making two ties with some left over fabric from my studio project (you know how much I love this fabric!) gives it a custom feel. The ties are sewn to be one piece bands and were installed over the curtain to be 8 inches (an inch smaller than the curtain) to create a bit of a drape in the fabric.
They came out great giving the whole room a more polished feel. I plan on making some pillows to match and am also contemplating adding the same green fabric to the edges of the red curtains on the other windows. There’s always another project out there, isn’t there?