Sewing Custom Valances »
InstructionsMcCall's 6299 View C
Type of item: Home Decor
Style: Classic, Traditional
Oatmeal Jacquard home decor fabric, taupe poly taffeta home decor fabric for the accents, 8 covered buttons, taupe braid, lining fabric, thread, fabric glue,
What was your inspiration?
My husband and I began a bedroom makeover project with an upholstered mantel headboard that I have been wanting to build for some time. I used the clean, classic feeling of the headboard and the colors and lines as the inspiration for my valances.
What are you most proud of?
I was really happy that my conservative cutting allowed me to make the valance from just one yard of my home decor fabric, but I am most proud of the fact that I made it up to my standards and completed the valance. As I was doing my "final" press, I melted some of my trim (I was soooo mad! I know better than this!) My husband said you could barely see it, but my standards for myself are high, so I removed ALL of the trim at the bottom, remade the entire length of 1" band, and reapplied that and the braid for a finished product that I feel good about!
I still need to add the curtain panels, and will update my pics when I get there.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Watch all of the lessons, and you will be fine. This class was thoroughly taught and extremely well put together. Sue and Ellen are wonderful instructors, and true experts in their field. Don't be afraid to ask questions; the instructors are quick to respond and give helpful assistance and advice. Most of all, enjoy the creative process and learning a new skill!
Oh, and my trim was heavy when layered and made the fabric puff out instead of laying in the sorts of pleats I wanted even after a thorough pressing. I simply added some loose thread tacks with a matching thread in an inconspicuous spot. Now they behave just as they should!
It really wasn't that difficult to make. I rated it intermediate mostly because of the volume of fabric and the precision required for good results. A careful beginner can certainly do this too.