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Hang this sunny valance at your window to make even gloomy days look bright. Accent buttons reveal peekaboo pleats that give this simple treatment added flair.
Design by Carol Zentgraf
40 1/2 x 14 inches
- 44/45-inch-wide cotton fabric: 1/2 yard decorative print (A) 5/8 yard contrasting print (B)
- Cover button forms: 2 (1 1/8-inches) 4 (5/8-inch)
- Permanent fabric adhesive
- 3 or 4 cones serger thread
- Basic sewing supplies and equipment
From (A) fabric:
- Cut three 14 1/2 x 14-inch rectangles for valance.
From (B) fabric:
- Cut one 42 x 5-inch strip for rod pocket.
- Cut two 14 1/2 x 14-inch rectangles for pleats.
Use 3- or 4-thread overlock with 1/4-inch-wide seam and medium stitch length, unless otherwise stated. Use polyester or poly/cotton blend thread. Press as you sew.
- Serge a pleat panel to each 14-inch edge of one valance panel. Serge the two remaining valance panels to the remaining 14-inch edges of the pleat panels. Press seams toward valance panels (Figure 1).
- Serge side and lower edges of assembled panels to finish. Press sides under 1/2 inch; topstitch in place. Press lower edge under 1 inch; topstitch in place.
- Mark center of upper and lower edges of each pleat panel. Press along seam lines and bring folded edges to center marks, leaving a 1/8-inch space between folded edges (Figure 2). Press pleats in place. Baste upper edges together.
- Press under 1/2 inch on one long edge of rod pocket strip. Center the remaining long edge on upper edge of valance, right sides together. Serge rod pocket to pleated panel taking care that basted pleats are stitched in the serging. Press seam toward rod pocket. Serge short ends of rod pocket, and press under short edges to match ends of valance.
- Fold rod pocket to back of valance with pressed-under back edge 1/4 inch lower than the front edge. Press upper edge and topstitch pressed-under edge in place.
- Follow manufacturer's instructions to cover 1 1/8-inch cover button forms with scraps of (B) fabric, and 5/8-inch cover button forms with scraps of (A) fabric.
- Sew large buttons to tops of pleats. Glue edges of pleats to pleat back 1/2 inch below each button (Figure 3). Let dry.
- Turn bottom of each pleat out 1 1/2 inches and press pleats open. Tack in place by sewing 5/8-inch buttons to pressed-back corners through all layers.
Sources: Fabric from Westminster Fibers; covered button forms from Prym Consumer USA; Fabri-Tac permanent fabric adhesive from Beacon Adhesives.
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