Amy’s Kitchen Valance

Beyond the Screen Door Layered ValanceThis valance has the distinction of being the longest valance I’ve ever made as well as the one with the most pieces!┬áLongest 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!

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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!

Amy's fabricsThe 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.

Bell ValanceDue 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. ┬áCounting 13 loops it equaled 63 pieces!

Layered ValanceIn 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.

Burlap Trim on Layered ValanceBefore the face and lining were sewn together I attached a 1/2″ lime green burlap flange along the lower edge for contrast.

Loops for Layered ValanceTiny 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!”.

Beyond the Screen Door pillowShe 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.

Turquoise Roses

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Thank you, Amy, for the pictures and the pleasure of working with you!

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14 Responses to Amy’s Kitchen Valance

  1. Cindy says:

    So much wall space and the perfect valance for it! Gorgeous Sonya, love the fabric!!!

  2. Traci says:

    It’s so fun! I absolutely love the blue pillow! I’m trying to decide on some window treatments for some windows in my hall. I’m leaning toward a valance with medallions.

  3. Martina says:

    I LOVE them Amy!! I love the way you mix fabrics!

  4. Stacey says:

    Oh my goodness, that just couldn’t be any prettier. Those colors and the details are amazing.

    Posted the second part of Nancy’s home tour…I’d love for you to come see.

  5. I just love it…it looks great…and you didn’t miss any touches. I love all the new fabrics, the colors are so cheerful and fresh. This is great…gonna pin this!!

  6. Barbara says:

    Gorgeous! I wish I could sew that well. It’s absolutely gorgeous!

  7. mishelle says:

    aWESOME ONCE AGAIN! I see that colorful fabric at hobby lobby all the time. It awlays catches my eye!

  8. Wow, that is gorgeous, Sonya! It must have been tricky to get the measurements just right long-distance. I always love your fabric combos, and this is no exception. The pillows are so fun, too.

  9. Whew!! Love it. Both the record-setting valance and those fun pillows. What great fabric, and it looks so good with the clean white shutters. And? I am blown away by your attention to detail. xoxo Pretty pretty.

  10. Jenna says:

    That is really over the top cute! I love the burlap flange and the way it’s hung! Magazine cover I’m thinking!

  11. Margaret says:

    These are so pretty!
    Where do you buy the medallions for mounting this? I have seen some really pretty valances lately that used these but am not not sure where to purchase them.

    • Sonya says:

      Hi, Margaret! Thank you! These medallions were purchased at Interior Fabrics aka Cutting Corners. So glad you liked them!

  12. Sherry says:

    Sonya, What a pretty valance and I love the fabric! Great job on the cute pillows too. Thanks for linking to the Open House party and take care.

  13. julie says:

    That is the most gorgeous window treatment I have ever seen!