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
- Stick-on hook and loop tapes
- Sew-on hook and loop tapes
- Sewing machine
- Hand needle
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.