Hello all! I’m always looking for ways to use up the scrap fabric that I’ve accumulated, and decided to make a Toran Valance for my craft room. It gives the window a nice punch of color without blocking much sun light. I decorate my craft room in ways that I wouldn’t dare to do to the rest of my house. This is my creative space and I can do anything I want to.
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I started out by measuring the width of the window, and divided it by 5. That gave me the width of each panel. Then I added 3/8 inch to all sides for seam allowance. Once I had the measurements, I made a template out of poster board.
Then I cut out 10 pieces. 2 pieces, front and back, for each panel. I used all blue for the backs.
Then with right sides together, I sewed the fronts and backs together, except along the top.
Turn them inside right and iron.
Next I needed to make a casing for the spring curtain rod. I cut a strip of fabric a few inches longer than the width of the window, and 7 3/4 inches wide. With right sides together, pin the top of each panel to the strip of fabric. Sew with a 3/8 inch seam.
Then I trimmed off the strip of fabric leaving just enough to turn in.
Then I finished the edges, turned them in and sewed in place.
Now turn down the casing, pin in place, and sew along the edge.
I already had this gold shiny trim, and sewed it along the seam of the panels and casing.
I could have left well enough alone, but I didn’t. I used #18 nylon thread to make tassels. You can see here how to use a tassel maker.
A few beads and gold trim added to the tassels, and I was finally satisfied.
I attached the tassel with tiny gold safety pins. I want to be able to remove them when I need to wash the valance.
I am so happy with it. When I walk into the room it’s the first thing that catches my eye.