Waterfall valance window treatments are very dramatic and flowing displays. They require a lot of fabric and fringe trim. The valances hang best when the fabric is light- to medium-weight. The print should be a design that goes in any direction. You may choose to hang your waterfall valance as a single unit, in pairs, or group three over each window. Making a waterfall valance will only take a few hours.
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Things you need
- Curtain rod
- Measuring tape
- Fabric pencil
- Fringe trim
- Sewing machine
Measure the width of the curtain rod. This is your top measurement.
Place muslin fabric on the floor. Be sure the muslin is 1 metre (1 yard) wider than the top measurement.
Mark the centre of the muslin. Use this mark to centre and mark the top measurement on the muslin. The end marks are your outside measurements.
Draw a 42.5 cm (17 inch) line straight down from the outside mark and record.
Measure horizontally 10 cm (4 inches) from the end of the 42.5 cm (17 inch) mark and record. Draw a diagonal line from the outside mark to the 10 cm (4 inches) mark.
Divide the diagonal line into four parts for a threefold waterfall valance. Mark these fold lines with cut notches.
Cut the muslin pattern.
Make the pattern
Lay the waterfall valance fabric on the floor with the right side up.
Pin the muslin to the valance fabric. Using the fabric pencil, trace the muslin pattern onto the valance. Remove the muslin pattern.
Pin the valance fabric to the back of a couch for the fabric to hang straight down.
Pin the first fold. Take the fabric at the first fold notch, and bring it to the top of the valance. Repeat until all folds are pinned.
Trim fabric at the diagonal line, and trim the valance bottom to leave 10 cm (4 inches) below the last fold.
Hem the top 6 mm (1/4 inch). Hem the sides with a 6 mm (1/4 inch) hem.
Stitch the bonded edge of the fringe trim to the bottom edge of the valance.
Repeat for additional valances.
Make the valance
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