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Simple Valance Curtain Ideas

Next to quilts and table runners, I love making curtains!  I wish I had pictures of all the curtains I’ve made over the years, it would be so funny to look back.  Here are just a few simple ideas for cute valances.

1 – Denim (Raggy) – I love how simple this valance is – no hemming involved!  Made from my denim stash and hung on a regular (cheap) rod.  In my old house, these hung in the laundry room, but now they are in my boy’s room.  They go perfect with their denim quilts I made them.

2 – Denim (with belts) – These are the new curtains in my mom’s family room.  They have a rustic feel to their room and these simple denim valances are perfect.  My dad even made the belts to hold them up.  Impressive.  This valance is a simple hem on all four sides, with a rod pocket on the top.  Nothing fancy, but so fun.

3 – Towels or placemats – This valance gets the prize for the ultimate easiest valance ever!  I found these towels that matched my colors in my kitchen perfect.  I seriously just hung them over the top of a regular cheap rod and I was done.  No sewing involved!  I used 3 towels.

4 – Simple Pleats on regular rod – I made this quick valance for the guest room at my mom’s house.  It has 3 simple pleats in it to add some body.  After I hemmed the 3 edges and pinned the pleats in place, I attached the rod pocket.  Done!  Simple, but so cute to add a little green in her grey room.  So fun.

5 – Hanging from hooks – This is the valance that I have been dreaming up for my new house family room.  I wanted to do something different than I have done before.  So, I had Brian install 5 knobs above my window for me.  Then I took my big long rectangle of fabric and hemmed the edges.  Then, I made a little pleat and added a loop of ribbon across the top to hang it from.  I’m loving the pattern with the hooks, but I’m not loving the fabric.  I think it’s a little too busy for me.  We’ll see if it sticks.

6 – Old curtains on board – I found some old curtains to show you.  You can tell by all the wrinkles that they have been in storage for a while now.  These curtains were one of my first sewing projects.  I made them at my sewing lessons.  They used to hang in Kaylee’s room when she was 3-4 years old.  I even made a quilt for her bed that matched.  (I was very ambitious back then!)  The cool part about these curtains are they are mounted on a board with tacks – no rod pocket.  Then, we mounted the board above the window using some L brackets.   It worked perfectly and I have used that method of hanging curtains several times since then.

A few tips for making a valance:

– When measuring for fabric, remember to include 2 inches on each side for your returns.  (The part of the rod that curves back to meet the wall.)  Also add in at least 1 more inch for your hems or seams.

– Use scrap fabric to practice on.  If you are unsure – try it out on some cheaper muslin to see if it’s what you are looking for.  It gets expensive to replace the fabric that you cut wrong.

– I don’t know of a rule for how long valances are supposed to be, but mine usually end up being 12 to 16 inches tall.

– Sometimes I hang my valances several inches higher than the window.  This way it blocks less light and makes your windows look taller.

Valances are so easy to make, you don’t even need a pattern.  I’ve never used a pattern to make any of my curtains.  You can do it!  Give it a try.  I would love to see what you make.

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See this beauty?
It wasn’t so beautiful before!
Emily and I saw this at a store that was going out of business-
and she was selling it for $25..
Emily talked her down for me, and I got it for $20. 
It’s perfect for my living room.
(I’m so proud of myself, because I never thrift shop. So this is a first for us!)
I’m going to be honest and tell you that my husband did this entire thing.
His only downfall was not informing me that he was starting–
so my before picture is missing the drawer.
But here is the before:
He sanded it down a bit so the paint would stick..
(he had lots of help, too)
Adding the first coat of spray paint..

 After the painting was done,
he bought some new hardware ($4)- 
and we were in business!
(the old one was hideous, believe me)
 I think it turned out awesome.
$25.  Love it.

Easy Peasy Ball Garland Wreath

Happy Friday! I love Fridays and I hope you have something fun planned this weekend.
How did the point counting go for your exercise and food the last 2 weeks? If you kept track please leave a comment and let me know what your total point count is. I give myself a B-. I kept track of my food and exercised the first week really great, but then this week we’ve been busy and I’ve had a teething feverish baby that I couldn’t take to the gym. So…moral of the story is-there is always next week! 🙂 And, if you haven’t tried Cali’s spinach shake-you must! We loved it. And I think it’s very very healthy.

I wanted to show you something I do to mix up an ordinary twig wrapped wreath (you can buy this at just about any craft store)

Then you can buy these garland type ball ropes. I cut mine up into little ball sections, like this:

And then I place them all around this wreath. I don’t hot glue them in because I use this wrath for several different seasons. I make sure that I tuck the balls into the wreath really really well. And this is the cute, inexpensive wreath I come up with!

I LOVE IKEA and we happened to be down that way last week, so I picked up this mat that matches!

The sun is shining and I hope you have a great day!

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