Sue Sampson & Ellen DeLucia

Sewing Custom Valances

Sue Sampson & Ellen DeLucia
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  • In-depth Instruction; over 238 mins
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  • Available for purchase: $39.99
Meet your instructors, Sue Sampson and Ellen DeLucia, and learn more about your class.
Sue and Ellen walk you through the design process, helping you choose a style and fabric for your valance, as well as embellishments, linings and more.
It's important to get the right numbers to create the perfect custom valance. Learn what window measurements you'll need and how to take them.
You'll want to have a good workspace for assembling your valance. Learn how to cover and protect your work surface and assemble the tools you'll need.
Ellen and Sue help you modify the valance pattern you've chosen so you get the length and width you want.
Working with patterned fabric can be tricky! Learn a great trick for getting all your pieces lined up with a smooth pattern transition, then assemble your valance covering and finish the seams.
Whether you prefer banding or piping for finishing your edges, Sue and Ellen will show you how to achieve a professional look.
It's time to put all those layers together, sewing the lining and adding finishing touches!
Now that you understand the foundations of valance construction, explore some of the many design variations you can choose for your own creation, from decorative stitching to covered buttons.
Ready to dress up your window? Learn how to assemble the valance mounting, attach the finished valance and install it on your window. Then step back and admire the view!
10 Lessons
3  hrs 58  mins

Learn the secrets for sewing valances! 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. You’ll learn how to construct a sophisticated, symmetrical valance, as well as a more modern, asymmetric design. 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.

Important Pattern Information: The sewing patterns on which this class is based — McCall’s 5286 and 6299 — are not included with your purchase and may be out of print — check with online retailers. This class is rich in essential sewing techniques, so if the pattern is out of print, we encourage you to look for an alternative pattern with similar style details. You might also be able to find the original pattern through a private reseller.

Sue Sampson & Ellen DeLucia

Ellen and Sue founded Home Dec In A Sec over two decades ago and have been business partners, in addition to friends, ever since. They also are home decor designers for the McCall Pattern Company. Their "Window Treatments Idea Book" (Taunton Press, 2006) continues to be a favorite resource among homeowners and decorators looking for a visual digest of the latest ideas and products in window decor.

Sue Sampson & Ellen DeLucia

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