This valance has the distinction of being the longest valance I’ve ever made as well as the one with the most pieces! Longest as in widest spanning over 16′ of wall space.
Not only was it the longest but it was one of the most fun valances I’ve ever made due to these cool fabrics! So much fun to work with. You’ve seen this fabric previously as pillows.
In case you like statistics…
- Valance covered 195.5″ of wall space
- If stretched out, valance is 384″ long aka 32′
- Mounted with 13 medallions
- 4 different fabrics
- 63 individual pieces for main valance including lining & loops.
- 12 yds of fabric
But the results were worth it!
Amy contacted me a while back for us to collaborate on a new window treatment and pillows for her kitchen’s oh-so-cute banquette eating area. Amy lives in Colorado so this was a long distance collaborative effort!
The first fabrics we chose were our main multi fabric print (found at Hobby Lobby), the turquoise rose fabric, the black houndstooth, and the lime Chevron. The chevron and houndstooth fabrics were used for the cushion made by Amy’s local seamstress.
You would think this fabric would be super easy to mix and match but it proved to be a little more difficult. Fabrics would match in color but not in pattern. Or look good as a complimentary pattern but the color was off. Amy wanted to play down the pink so I used the black, turquoise, red and lime as accent colors.
The main, multi colored “bell” valance is constructed by piecing triangles and rectangles together. Each “bell” is a triangle. Each “droop” between the bells is a rectangle.
Due to the pattern of this fabric and to make the valance look right, all 13 “bells” had to be cut from an identical pattern in the fabric and all 12 “droops” cut from another pattern.
The pieces were then sewn together – alternating triangle and rectangle – until all 25 pieces for the face of the valance were together. The same process was then repeated for the lining. Counting 13 loops it equaled 63 pieces!
In order to achieve the layered effect a back valance was made using a contrasting black and white damask fabric lined in the same turquoise.
The main “bell” valance is 18″ long (not counting loops). The back valance is 9″ long.
Before the face and lining were sewn together I attached a 1/2″ lime green burlap flange along the lower edge for contrast.
Tiny 1.5″ turquoise loops were sewn in at the top of each “bell” as well as along the back valance. After the face and lining are sewn together, each “bell” is folded, ironed and hand stitched in place along the upper back edge to keep it’s shape.
When it came to the pillows, Amy said, “Surprise me!”.
She wanted two 24″ pillows but they didn’t have to be identical. I used the main valance fabrics for one pillow and a turquoise rose remnant paired with a fun red & white pattern for the second one.
Thank you, Amy, for the pictures and the pleasure of working with you!