How to Make a Mock Roman Shade Valance


Roman shades provide a tailored appearance due to their clean lines and neat folds. Using roman shades as a window treatment can mean several cords to get tangled. However, if you want the folded manicured look of the roman shade without dealing with the cords, consider a roman shade valance. The valance will not be a working shade but will remain in a static position. Making your own mock roman shades will offer you the opportunity to design your own valance style.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Wood batten
  • Fabric
  • Stick-on hook and loop tapes
  • Sew-on hook and loop tapes
  • Sewing machine
  • Hand needle
  • Thread
  • Measure the width of the window. Select a wood batten board this same measurement. Apply the hook side of stick-on hook-and-loop tape to the front of the batten. Hang the batten board above the window with the hook-and-loop tape facing outward.

  • Measure from the top edge of the batten to the length you want the valance to hang. Double this measurement. For example, a valance to hang 20-inches long will require 40-inches of fabric. Cut the fabric to this measurement.

  • Add 1-inch to the width of the batten. This is your valance finished width measurement. Cut the fabric to this measurement.

  • Hem all four edges of the fabric with a 1/4-inch hem. Lay the fabric right side down on a flat surface. Mark the fabric with six horizontal lines. Using a fabric pencil, mark the lines every 6 inches beginning 2 inches from the bottom. For example, at the bottom edge measure up 2 inches and draw a line across the width of the valance. From that line, measure up 6 inches and draw another line. Continue until you have six lines drawn.

  • Fold the fabric to give the valance the look of roman shades. Pick up the bottom line and place it 1 inch below the next line. Allow the fabric to fold in between the lines. Pin the line in place. Pick up the second line and place it 1 inch below the next line. Pin in place. Continue until all the lines have been shifted. This will create the look of roman shades in the up position.

  • Secure the folds in place by hand stitching the width of the folded edges that lay on the back of the valance. Then secure the side edges with a blind stitch from the back.

  • Machine stitch the loop side of the hook-and-loop tape to the back of the valance at the top. Hang the valance by joining the loop tape on the valance to the batten's hook tape.

Tips & Warnings

  • Adjust the look of your valance by modifying the fold widths and valance length.
  • Avoid heavy weight drapery fabric when creating mock roman shades. The hook-and-loop tape will not hold in place.

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