How to Make a Handkerchief Valance


A handkerchief valance can add a charming touch to a window treatment. Recycled antique handkerchiefs are perfect for this project and can often be found at thrift shops. The handkerchiefs often feature scalloped edges and embroidered designs and can be combined to create a colorful valance for a window in a bedroom, kitchen or bathroom. Look for cotton handkerchiefs for the valance, which could be teamed with a plain cotton curtain for a complete window treatment.

Things You'll Need

  • Wooden curtain rod
  • 12 washed and ironed cotton handkerchiefs
  • Hot glue gun
  • 12 silk roses
  • Wire cutters
  • Fold an open handkerchief in half to create a triangle. Fold it in half again to create a smaller triangle.

  • Add a few dots of hot glue to the top of the handkerchief triangle and attach it to the wooden curtain rod, leaving the rest of the handkerchief hanging down.

  • Cut the stems off the silk rose with the wire cutters. Attach the rose to the handkerchief, covering the spot where the handkerchief was glued to the curtain rod, with the hot glue.

  • Repeat Steps 1-3, attaching all the handkerchiefs and silk roses to the curtain rod, spacing them 3 inches apart.

Tips & Warnings

  • To add a curtain under the valance, add a second curtain rod to the window, placed 4 inches below the handkerchief valance rod.
  • Measure the window where you plan to hang the valance before purchasing the wooden curtain rod.

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