I hesitated sharing these scalloped valances I made for our master bathroom. They were my very first attempt at scallops and I think my last. But, life isn’t perfect and it’s good to have a reality check every now and again.
Here is the tutorial.
My bathroom windows have only had blinds hanging up for the past year while I decided what type of window coverings I wanted. The bathroom is a bit tricky in that there is no actual door on the bathroom, just an archway. This is typical in 98% of Arizona homes. I have NO idea why.
So, without a bathroom door the window treatments needed to coordinate with the master bedroom bedding and drapery.
I wanted the bathroom to feel soothing and relaxing so additional gingham and floral was out.
Since I share the space with the Mr. I thought that the hemp braid (found at a local discount fabric store) would give the valances a bit more of a masculine feel. I used a simple bread plate to trace the scallop shape onto the fabric.
When creating valances you simply measure the window across and then determine the length you desire. It is a matter of then just sewing a rectangle (or in some cases a square) of your window’s measurements.
I sewed two separate rectangles due to the fabric I had to work with and because I wanted to add the hemp trim. One of the rectangles had the scalloped hem and the other was just a straight rectangle. Here is in essence the three separate pieces being joined together. The hemp is sandwiched between the two linen layers.
Lots of pins and being slow and steady results in a nice straight seam.
The valance boards are simply scrap lumber that was covered in muslin. “L” brackets (found at the hardware store) are then attached by drilling a hole and adding screws to the board and then the wall.
This shot was taken with me standing in the bathtub so it’s a bit of an awkward angle but gives you a good idea of what it looks like. I opted to position the board first so that I could use it as reference for depth and hemming. It came down to attach the fabric quite easily.
Here is the fabric valance laying flat. The scallops have such character and charm! (So she tells herself. :)
Living in Arizona, the sun can be brutal, so I opted to sew in a lining.
Not wanting to go to the store for more fabric I just opened up the side seam of a vintage pillow case and sewed the two rectangles together. But you certainly could use purchased linen or muslin.
You then just simply staple the fabric to the board. There are various methods for folding in the corners. I simply squared it off. (Please note that this is was a 2 person job with me pulling and folding the fabric while Mr. Décor did the stapling.)
I had to make a total of two as we have another tiny window in the water closet area. It’s a tiny space so again photography was tricky. My apologies.
They do look nice with the vanity stool that also shares this space.
We can easily move these with us or even take them apart in the future to make something else.
Total cost for the valances~ under $5 (for the brackets and trim).
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