I love our all white kitchen.
But I wanted a pop of green above the windows.
I looked all over but couldn’t find fabric I wanted. I kept coming back to the same green and white shower curtain. (It’s no longer available online, but I shared similar fabrics here.) I loved the pattern!
Then I thought, I could make window valances I wanted from the shower curtain. Perfect!
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Supplies needed to make a window valance:
- Shower curtain (or other fabric) – I share my favorite cheap white and green fabrics here if you’re looking for fabric similar to ours!
- Tape measure
- Fabric scissors
- Sewing machine
- Curtain rod here or here
How to make window valances from a shower curtain:
So I started with a standard shower curtain.
I didn’t want a window valance straight across but rather hanging freely with some ‘wave’.
So I used took the width of the shower curtain (72 inches) as the width of the valance, even though our kitchen windows were all between 32-37 inches wide.
I wanted the valances to be long enough to add a pop of color and hide the top of the blind carriage but not too long that they’d cover up our view of outside.
14 inches was the perfect length.
A 1 ½-inch hem on the top and bottom of the valance added an additional 6 inches to the total length needed for each valance. Each hem required 3 inches on top and on bottom: 1 ½-inch hem and 1 ½-inch folded under for a finished look.
You can use the top hem as a pocket for the curtain rod, but I planned to use these clips to hang the valance on the curtain rod.
Think about if you want the pattern to be the same on each valance so all windows have the same look.
I wanted the valance to have the pattern in the area shown below.
Tip: Think about if you want the pattern to be centered on each valance.
It all makes a difference in how the end valances look.
We have three windows in the kitchen.
Based on how the pattern was laid out on the fabric, we could use just one shower curtain to make three identical valances for the windows.
2. Prep the fabric to sew the top and bottom hems.
Turn the bottom of the valance under 1½ inches.
Then fold it up again 1½ inches to have a finished edge.
Then do the same on the top side.
Press with an iron.
I didn’t need to worry about this on the sides since the edges of the shower curtain were already finished.
There are two options, depending on if you want the hem to show.
If you’re okay with the hem showing (I was), do a straight stitch on the sewing machine.
I went with green thread to coordinate with the green and white fabric.
If you don’t want the thread to show, you can do a blind stich on the back side. In a blind stich, the threaded needle catches a thread or two on the back side of the panel through the folded hem, then comes back out and repeat.
This way is more time consuming, but it’s worth it if you don’t want the thread to show on the front side of the valance.
I love the crystal finial at the end of the rods for a bit of a beachy, glam look.
5. Place the clips to attach the valance to the curtain rod.
I put clips on both ends of the curtain and one in the middle.
And two more on each half – between the middle and the end of the curtain.
6. Hang the curtains.
We hung the rods as high as we could.
The higher a curtain rod is hung, the taller a room looks (even if it’s just an illusion!).
Just be sure the bottom of the valance hangs low enough to hide the blind carriage.
Here are the finished window valances:
Have you ever made a window valance from a shower curtain?
What do you use for window treatments in your kitchen?
GET THE LOOK:
Since a popular question I get is “Where’d you get that?!,” here are links to the same or similar sources:
- Wall color: Camelback by Sherwin Williams
- Counters: Blanco canvas quartz
- Cabinet handles
- Curtain rods, but they’re not always available. These are similar.
- Green spatula
- Green hydrangeas
- Green cushions
- Metal basket
- Glass candle holders
- Green candles
If you like easy sewing projects, check out these posts, too:
- The best and cheapest white and green fabrics
- How to hem curtains
- How to make a throw pillow from extra fabric
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