One-hour window valance

I receive a lot of requests for details on my green kitchen valance, so today I thought I would share the tutorial on how you can make your own in just one hour.


I originally shared this tute about two years ago, but since I’m replacing this valance with my one-hour napkin curtains and I have a new idea for spring curtains, I wanted to offer the instructions one last time.

The green fabric came from JoAnn Fabric & Craft Store. To create the valance, I began by measuring and marking the length and width I needed, remembering to add an extra inch on the sides for hemming and two extra inches at the top for the fold that the curtain rod slips through.


To create the triangular design, I marked the center of the fabric (near the bottom), and then marked two more points five inches on either side of the center point. Two inches up from those points, I marked two dots and then connected the center dot with the two higher dots on either side.


After that, I used this handy placemat to create an even, half-circle shape on either side of my “triangle.”


When I felt I had a (fairly) symmetrical piece marked, I cut it out. (Disclaimer: All the sewing I do is amateur at best. I don’t follow very many “rules.” Usually, my sewing projects involve a lot of sweating, a ton of marking and re-marking, and a finished product that looks OK from a distance. :))

Cut out

I sewed a hem on the sides of the fabric first. This is important.

Sewing sides first

Then I sewed the top fold (for the curtain rod to slip through). After that, I pinned the hem for the semi-circle portion and slowly sewed the hem.

Pinning round spots

















Here’s the final product – nothing super fancy, but a little out-of-the-ordinary, which I like.


















There you have it … another one-hour curtain project. Enjoy!

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4 Responses

  1. Patricia says:

    I love it! Just moved in to our new house in SC. Really want to try this in my little bathroom!!! Great job!

  2. Pamela says:

    I love the color…and of course, the short time it took to make.

  3. Marianne says:

    Love the simplicity as well as the results. Beautiful choice of material.

  4. annie says:

    wow, my love with your project and I am very happy with the photo on your blog


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