How to Make a Valance Pattern


A valance is a short curtain that comes down the window about one-third of the way. This short curtain allows a lot of sunlight to come into the room. This type of curtain is perfect for a room where you want to gaze on the beautiful scenery outdoors or in a room where privacy is not required. You can make a valance in a variety of styles, and making patterns for these curtains is quite simple.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Use newspaper for your valance pattern since it is larger than most paper. Use the double-spread sheets for best results.

  • Lay the newspaper out on a large, flat surface--such as your dining room table.

  • Measure down your window to the desired length, keeping in mind that one-third of the way is standard. Add 6 to 8 inches to your pattern to allow for hemming and the casing for the curtain rod.

  • Decide how you want to finish the bottom of your valance pattern. Choose from points, scallops or straight across. Cut out the bottom of your pattern as desired. Make sure to center your pattern on the sheet of newspaper. To make a point, fold the sheet of newspaper in half lengthwise. Cut from the bottom of the fold outward and upward to make a point to your desired length. To cut a scallop, find a bowl or plate that is the appropriate size for the scallop you want. Draw around the bottom half of the plate or bowl to make a perfect scallop.

  • Use your valance pattern by folding your fabric. Fold your fabric as many times as necessary to fit across your window. Fold your fabric multiple times to get a scalloped or pointed bottom edge. For example, fold your fabric three times lengthwise to get a valance with three scallops.

  • Pin the pattern onto the fabric and cut around the pattern.

Tips & Warnings

  • Look at pictures in magazines or go to the store to see what different valance patterns are available.
  • Use valances in conjunction with other curtains. Valances work well as a border across the top of traditional-style curtains or blinds. Valances also work well with café-style curtains, which only cover the lower half of the window.

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