How to sew a waterfall pelmet

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How to sew a waterfall pelmet
Choose a patternless fabric for your swags. (Ingram Publishing/Ingram Publishing/Getty Images)

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
  • Fabric
  • Muslin
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Fabric pencil
  • Fringe trim
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread

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Instructions

    Make the pattern

  1. 1

    Measure the width of the curtain rod. This is your top measurement.

  2. 2

    Place muslin fabric on the floor. Be sure the muslin is 1 metre (1 yard) wider than the top measurement.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    Draw a 42.5 cm (17 inch) line straight down from the outside mark and record.

  5. 5

    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.

  6. 6

    Divide the diagonal line into four parts for a threefold waterfall valance. Mark these fold lines with cut notches.

  7. 7

    Cut the muslin pattern.

    Make the valance

  1. 1

    Lay the waterfall valance fabric on the floor with the right side up.

  2. 2

    Pin the muslin to the valance fabric. Using the fabric pencil, trace the muslin pattern onto the valance. Remove the muslin pattern.

  3. 3

    Pin the valance fabric to the back of a couch for the fabric to hang straight down.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    Trim fabric at the diagonal line, and trim the valance bottom to leave 10 cm (4 inches) below the last fold.

  6. 6

    Hem the top 6 mm (1/4 inch). Hem the sides with a 6 mm (1/4 inch) hem.

  7. 7

    Stitch the bonded edge of the fringe trim to the bottom edge of the valance.

  8. 8

    Repeat for additional valances.

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