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From: swartzrn
Date: 11-24-2006, 11:24 PM (1 of 3)
Hey all-I have a quick question about valances. We're closing on our new house next week and I wanted to make valances for a few of the rooms--the breakfast room, dining room, Sarah's room,Elizabeth's room and our room. I may not do any for our room but right now I am thinking I might.
Anyway, my mother made valances for her dining room, breakfast room and for a room they enclosed from the carport which turned out beautifully but unfortunately I cannot spend the amount of money for my fabric that she spent. She specialty bought her fabric and me they are beautiful but I just cannot afford the fabric.
do you ladies have any suggestions for fabric that would be good for valances and would last and keep their shape, etc that doesn't cost a fortune? Any suggestions are appreciated. I think I am going to use her pattern. Julie
"To see the future, look into a child's eyes."
User: swartzrn
Member since: 02-17-2006
Total posts: 436
From: Chrysantha
Date: 11-25-2006, 01:06 AM (2 of 3)
Just about anything will keep it's shape if you stabilize it (with Pellon iron or sew on) Or if you're feeling lazy, use a sticky stabilizer (just the same sort as embroiderer's use). If you have a 'mill end' store near you, you can get a lot of good upholstery fabric for cheap.( I saw some cheap, but beautiful white on white Jacquard at Wally world one day, would have made great drapes.)
I've seen them made from napkins, placemats, sheets, CD's, beads, grapevines (with or without grapes, flowers, etc)
User: Chrysantha
Member since: 09-06-2002
Total posts: 2414
From: esrun3
Date: 11-25-2006, 10:11 PM (3 of 3)
Depends on the type of valance. The ones I make for my grandkids are simple ones that are gathered on a cutrain rod-I usually make them out of cotton, 2-2 1/2 times the width of the window-depending on how full you want them. Fold over the top about 4 inches-2-3 inches for a top ruffle and an inch to use as a casing for the rod. 1-2 inch hem-depends on the fabric. They seem to hold up quite well. I do starch the heck out of them before I hang them but Connor's have been up 3 years and still look great.
User: esrun3
Member since: 12-02-2004
Total posts: 2345
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