A roman shade valance is a window topper styled to look like a fixed roman shade. The valance sits at the top of the window and typically projects away from the window by several inches. Often the valance is positioned over operating blinds and the valance is used to bring colour, texture and a more formal or tailored appearance to the window treatment.
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Things you need
- Cafe rod
- Screw driver
- Wall anchors
- Tape measure
- Dowel rod
Install a cafe style flat rod with a 4-inch projection. This type of rod will usually mount 1-inch above and to the side of window trim at the top of the window. Mount the rod using wall anchors, the screws and hardware provided with the rod and a power screw driver.
Measure the width of the rod and add 8-inches for the returns and 2-inches for seams. This is the width of the fabric. Measure the height of the window from the top of the rod to the window sill and divide by 2. Add 4-inches for seams.
Cut your fabric and liner to the height and width calculated above. Place your fabric and liner right sides together and sew a 1-inch seam along each side and the bottom. Sew a second seam 1/4-inch from the bottom edge of the valance. Cut the corners at a 45-degree angle 1/4-inch from the bottom of the top seam.
Cut a dowel rod 1 and 1/4-inch shorter than the width of the curtain rod from corner to corner. Insert the dowel rod into the bottom of the valance (at the cut corner) and turn the fabrics right side out and iron the seams. The dowel should be centred in the pocket.
Measure 8-inches up from the bottom of the valance and sew a horizontal line across the entire width of the fabric. Measure 12-inches up from this line and sew a second horizontal line across the entire width of the fabric. Fold the top edge of the valance down 1 and 3/4-inches (toward the liner) and sew a pocket hem 1 and 1/2-inches from the top edge.
Turn the valance face down on the work table. Cut no-sew tape the width of each sewn horizontal line. Iron no-sew tape above each horizontal sewn line.
Measure 4-inches up from the bottom horizontal sewn line. Fold the bottom of the valance at this line and iron the first (lower) no-sew tape (liner to liner). Measure 4-inches up from the second horizontal sew line. Fold the entire bottom of the valance up at this line and iron the second (upper) no-sew tape. This will create roman shade pleats on the front side.
Slide the rod into the rod pocket at the top of the valance and hang your valance.
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