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These may be the easiest tailored fabric valances you'll ever see. They're fast to make, yet have the look of high style. Our first look takes a flat panel of fabric and turns it into something special by draping and gathering it over four hooks. Use patterned lining since the back will be visible from both inside and out.
This style is fairly simple to sew and uses a minimal amount of fabric, thus saving on material cost.
Here's another flat-panel treatment with style. Use two coordinating fabrics to sew a flat panel. Insert a dowel into the fabric roll to hold the treatment straight and level. Roll it up and tie with sturdy ribbon or a sewn band of fabric. Knot or tie a bow underneath the roll to keep it in place.
Sew two sections of lined fabric and set them over a third panel of plain blue. Fold the two corners back to reveal a decorative star; keep them tacked down with a covered button. This is a simple, but effective look for a boy's room or family room.
Hand gather a flat fabric panel and secure with a length of ribbon or a coordinating fabric band. Arrange fullness so the center section drapes down in an attractive swag. Voila! A romantic look that's easy as can be.
The wooden curtain rods in this photo were wrapped with fabric to give them added interest. Next, a reversible rectangle of fabric (sewn from blue toile and yellow) was folded into pleats and draped over the rod. Secure the end with a length of nylon cord wrapped around the rod, both to hold pleats secure and keep the swag in place.
Don't cover up pretty windows with heavy draperies. These tailored shades are kept raised most of the year, acting as a fabric valance that doesn't hide attractive window moldings. When the sun is low in the sky, the shades can be lowered to control daylight in winter months.
Tie up a long window in style with this treatment. Long fabric ties are spaced down the length of fabric. Extra-long ties create interest all the way down to the pretty shutters.
Sheer valances with trimmed edges and tassels accent the sheer curtains on these windows.
Slice up a ridiculously cheap bamboo blind and glue the strings in place to prevent unraveling. Next, staple one edge to a narrow board; secure this to the top of the window. Roll several inches of the blind around a thick dowel and hold up with pretty fabric bands. Now stand back and rake in the compliments.
Here's a designer look made from silk, yet the style could translate well using less expensive fabric. Banding, pleating, and draping create a unique look with high style.