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Nursery Valence - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I bought my son’s crib set from Wal-Mart back when we were living in an apartment that I couldn’t decorate… matching curtains and valences didn’t even cross my mind!

Finding matching curtains was going to be hard, but a matching valence that complemented the patterns on the crib set was going to be near impossible. So I did what any normal person would do… I grabbed some scissors and started cutting! 🙂

Have you ever thought that crib skirts were kind of pointless? I am pretty sure most people put the crib up against the wall, and I think most cribs have sides that cover whatever crib skirt there might be. This leaves only the front part of the crib skirt showing. Since this was the only part showing, I figured we wouldn’t miss the other parts of the crib skirt, and I was right.

I cut off all three other sides, ironed them (they were extremely wrinkly after being squished by the mattress, wall, and the crib), and sewed the three pieces together. It made a nice long valence.

To hang them, I used Solid Grosgrain Ribbon in White 7/8″. I didn’t like how it looked straight, so I only used five pieces of ribbon to get a curved look.

Nursery Valence - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I know that anyone can do this project, even if you don’t have a sewing machine. It was really easy, and I think it looks great. The Ribbon Retreat has SO many colors of Solid Grosgrain, that it is almost impossible to find a color you can’t match. If you’re afraid that you won’t be able to match a color over the computer, just order a Color Chart. This takes out ALL the guess work!


The only problem I ran into was I used scrap ribbon that was at the bottom of my highly disorganized ribbon bin. You can even tell in some of the pictures that it is wrinkled. I really wish I had a ribbon iron. I plan on getting a grab bag with my next order, and I think I am going to get a ribbon iron too. They are so handy and much easier than lugging out the iron and ironing board – shudder – my least favorite part of crafting!

Nursery Valence - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

My son’s room is almost finished! All that’s left is a lamp, decorated with ribbon of course, and I can’t wait to show you. You will have to stay tuned. 🙂

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7 Comments

  1. Jessica K
    Posted August 10, 2010 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    Can you use a straightener as a ribbon iron?? Just an idea. I have never tried it!

  2. Nicole Heiney
    Posted August 10, 2010 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    Try a curling iron on the ribbon…it might not work as well on grosgrain, may need to wet it down a bit…Valance looks great!

  3. Anna
    Posted August 10, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    Gorgeous! And fabulous idea! I’m sure I’m not the only one who has thought of this, but I use my hair straightener for a ribbon iron, works like a charm!

    • Shirley
      Posted August 10, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

      That is a great idea! I don’t know if I should though, my hair straightener is so old and needs to be replaced. I would have all my ribbons smelling like dead hair or something. 🙂 Thanks for the suggestion though. Maybe my next one can have both uses. 🙂

  4. Michelle
    Posted August 12, 2010 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    I use my hair straightener for my ribbon. The one that I have has an adjustable temperature control on it and I just use the lowest setting. It works great!

  5. tan
    Posted August 13, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    i swear i just thought about a ribbon iron but everytime i want to buy one from the site they are sold out.we just moved and my baby ribbons are wrinkled as all out cause i didn’t spray then.lesson learned but i definitely gotta get a ribbon iron.

    • Shirley
      Posted August 13, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

      Hi Tan! I checked before I posted and the ribbon irons are definitely in stock! I think that it is cheaper than a regular straightener and small enough to stash in a craft room. I can’t wait to get mine!

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