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How To Sew A Ruffled Valance Curtain

Have you heard the news? The Ribbon Retreat is expanding our ribbon and flowers and bling and all of your favorite crafty supplies! So with that expansion, the fabric has got to go to make room for all things ribbon!! All of our fabric is 25-45% off….seriously! Are you thinking of all of the incredible projects you could make with high quality fabric that is on a hot, hot sale? Here is an ADORABLE project just for you! Bobbie from A Vision to Remember is sharing a full and fluffy Ruffled Valance that would look incredible hanging in your home! Grab you fabric before it’s gone and let’s get sewing! Enjoy!

Hello! I am Bobbie with A Vision to Remember. I love to blog and I have a little Etsy shop along with being a mom.

I love being a mom the most. My 3 girls are my inspiration for most everything that I have made! Lucky for me, they are still too young to think that wearing dresses and clothing made by mom isn’t cool! I am definitely blessed!

I am so excited to be here with you today to share with you how to sew your very own ruffle valance curtains.

How to Sew a Ruffled Valance Curtain - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
A few things that I have learned after making about a million of these curtains (I do the same exact thing for crib skirts and bed dust ruffles):

How to Sew a Ruffled Valance Curtain - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Sewing ruffles is time consuming.  No way around it.  BUT with that being said, there are ways to make it quicker.

Remember I didn’t say that it is hard, because it really is simple, but it does take time.

So here are a few tools you might want to have in your arsenal BUT you don’t have to have them.

  • A serger that does a rolled hem
  • A ruffler foot for your sewing machine

Finished curtain size: 42″ wide by 18″ tall

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Materials required (assuming width of fabric is 44 inches):
1/3 yard of 4 cotton fabrics for the 4 different tiers (the fabrics I used are Gray Matters More in Mosaic and Medallions, Yellow Essential Dots and Gray Shades).
1/2 yard of the fabric for the back of the curtain

Cutting:

Cut from each of your 4 tier fabrics 2-5″ wide by the width of the fabric.
Cut 4-4.5″ wide pieces from your backing fabric.

How to Sew a Ruffled Valance Curtain - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Sew each of of the 2 pieces of fabric that match each along the short end of the fabrics.

How to Sew a Ruffled Valance Curtain - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
IF you have a serger that does a rolled hem sew along the bottom edge of the 4 tier fabrics.

How to Sew a Ruffled Valance Curtain - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
How to Sew a Ruffled Valance Curtain - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
If you aren’t able to do a rolled hem, then hem the bottom edges however you prefer.

Hem each of the short ends of the tier fabrics and the backing fabrics.

How to Sew a Ruffled Valance Curtain - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
I serged the ends to prevent fraying and then I folded the fabric over 1/4 inch and sewed.

How to Sew a Ruffled Valance Curtain - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
If you have a ruffler foot, ruffle all the tier pieces of fabric along the top edge (you haven’t done any sewing along that edge yet).

How to Sew a Ruffled Valance Curtain - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Now comes the assembly of the curtain. Take your bottom tier fabric and one of the backing pieces. Put your ruffled piece of fabric on the bottom with the backing fabric on top of it with right sides facing each other.

Serge (or sew if you don’t have a serger) the two pieces together.

How to Sew a Ruffled Valance Curtain - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Flip up the backing piece, then grab your 2nd tier piece. Layer your backing piece that is sewn to the first tier on the bottom, with right side facing up, then the 2nd tier fabric, and lastly the backing fabric with the right side facing down. Sew the pieces together.

How to Sew a Ruffled Valance Curtain - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Repeat with your remaining 2 tiers. On the last row you will need to fold your backing piece in half so that you are sewing a tube for your curtain rod to go through. In this step you will be sewing 4 pieces of fabric at the same time and not 3 like in the previous 2 steps.

How to Sew a Ruffled Valance Curtain - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
You might need to iron your ruffles down a little after you are all done. Just make sure that while you are ironing that you don’t smash the ruffles so they aren’t fluffy.

How to Sew a Ruffled Valance Curtain - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Now you have a beautiful ruffled curtain valance! I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial!

I would love for you to stop by and say hello!

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Thank you Bobbi for this stunning, ruffly project! I love ruffles and am already planning the perfect spot in my home for a sweet ruffled valance! For more great projects by this talented lady, make sure to visit her at A Vision to Remember.

Do you need more project ideas for using up all of the fabric you are going to snag from our fabric closeout? Let me help you out! Check out these other super fun, fabric-licous projects that are just waiting for you to create…

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2 Comments

  1. Posted September 6, 2014 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    These are cute. Sad to hear about your fabric.

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      Posted September 8, 2014 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

      Hi Emily! Thank you so much! These curtains are so adorable! I LOVE ruffles! I am sad about seeing our fabric too, but I am also so excited about our ribbon expansion! It is going to be awesome! Thank you again Emily and have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

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