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Sewing Custom Valances

with Sue Sampson & Ellen DeLucia
Sewing Custom Valances
Get versatile views by creating custom valances in this accessible home decor class with designers Sue Sampson and Ellen DeLucia.

Longtime home decor designers and friends, Sue and Ellen have teamed up to teach you all the steps necessary to create the perfect valance - from choosing the shape, measurements and fabric to board mounting the finished window dressing.  Sue and Ellen walk you through constructing a sophisticated, symmetrical valance, as well as a more modern, asymmetric look. You'll also get creative ideas and techniques to personalize your valance with appliqué, trims, piping and more. You can even design with a child in mind, recreating their artwork on a window topper. Get step-by-step instruction on how to achieve perfect pleats, add protective lining and construct a simple mount for each of your versatile valances. 

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet your instructors, Sue Sampson and Ellen DeLucia, and learn more about your class.


Lesson 2. Designing Your Valance


Lesson 3. Measuring Your Window


Lesson 4. Setting Up Your Workroom


Lesson 5. Customizing Pattern Pieces


Lesson 6. Cutting & Seaming with Cellophane


Lesson 7. Banding & Cording


Lesson 8. Constructing the Valance


Lesson 9. Creative Variations


Lesson 10. Mounting the Valance

"I really enjoyed this class. The instructors are upbeat and thorough. Their love of what they do and extensive experience comes through in the lessons. If you can think of a general question regarding construction or the pattern, they have likely answered it in one of the videos, and if they haven't, ask it and they will quickly give you a helpful response. This class is well worth the cost."
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Scaly Mountain, NC

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  • 10 HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • A valance pattern and guidelines for measuring windows and adjusting for fit
  • Hours of close-up instruction
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