Easy DIY No-Sew Fabric Window Valance

9 Materials
2 Hours

When we moved into our house, the windows in the kitchen came with a set of old mini blinds. And although I hated the way they looked, I liked their functionality – we do lower them every once in a while. And then it dawned on me… hide them with valances! So another DIY was born.
easy diy no sew fabric window valence
So much better, right!? They are a contemporary way of adding a more traditional window treatment without blocking out any light. And because I mounted them a couple of inches above the window frame, the whole window looks taller! Win win.

And I can’t even tell you how easy these were to make. You’ll just have to try making some yourself to find out! Here’s what you’ll need…
easy diy no sew fabric window valence
  • 1/2″ thick wood planks, (2.5″) x (window width + 2″) 

  • Scissors
  • Hammer

easy diy no sew fabric window valence
Begin by folding the fabric in half (so it’s now 13 inches tall) and centering the width of the fabric along the width of the wood (it should be standing up on its edge). Position the fabric so that 11 inches are below the wood, and about 2 inches are draped over the top of the wood. Center the ribbon on top of the fabric. Place a thumb tack (centered from left to right) through the ribbon, fabric and into the edge of the wood. 

Then move all the way to the right side, and do the same thing. Make sure the fabric and ribbon are both pulled taut, and that exactly 11 inches of fabric sits below the ribbon. Do the same on the left side as well.
easy diy no sew fabric window valence
Then add thumb tacks halfway in between the original tacks, and then halfway in between those until you have done the whole front edge. It should now look like the image above.
easy diy no sew fabric window valence
Now it’s time to do the small sides. Fold the remaining fabric and ribbon around the corner of the wood and place a thumbtack in to secure it (about half an inch from the corner). You should have a few inches of fabric left. Fold the raw edges in on themselves so they are hidden. They should be folded so that they hit right at the back corner of the wood, as shown above. Secure with another thumb tack. Repeat the process on the other side.
easy diy no sew fabric window valence
Staple the raw fabric edges to the wood. Now you’ll want to iron your fabric so it is completely wrinkle-free. Iron the corners as well, so they form a nice, crisp box shape.

You’re now ready to mount it to the wall. I would recommend mounting everything a couple of inches above the top of your window frame because it will make your window look bigger! Just make sure that the bottom of the valance still covers the mini blinds.
easy diy no sew fabric window valence
This is what mine looks like mounted, from the underside. Conveniently, there was a ledge above our windows so I screwed the wood right into the underside of the ledge. But if you’re not blessed with a random ledge above your windows, buy two   per window and mount them to the wall and then place the wood on top and secure with the included screws. 

The last step is to glue a clothespin to the underside of the wood so you can clip those ugly strings up inside the valance and out of sight. I also removed the rod that you twist to open and close the blinds… you can still twist the little hook without the rod. 
easy diy no sew fabric window valence
And that’s it, you’re finished! Easy peasy, right? So much cleaner and more “finished.”
easy diy no sew fabric window valence
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  • Michelle Peralta
    on Mar 29, 2018

    How did you mount it to Wall?

    • Kerry Delaney
      on Apr 9, 2018

      She didn't mount it to the wall. There is a ledge above the window and she screwed the wood into that ledge. In the picture of the underside, you can see the screws at the end of the wood. : )

  • LaDawn Fritcher
    on Mar 29, 2018

    Does anyone know.... is that plant starter on the wall between the windows something you can just snagged online? Hmmm I guess it would be easy enough to make....

    • Lana
      on Apr 29, 2018

      Looks AMAZING, great job!! An attractive MODERN valance, unlike the old-fashioned "poufy" ones with gathered print fabrics!!👍😉

  • Min496419
    on Mar 30, 2018

    Why did you use white material for your sample as it’s so hard to see

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  • Jane
    on Apr 1, 2018

    Very nice and an easy diy. As someone mentioned previously, variations could be just as easy. If someone prefers a more traditional look, box pleats steam pressed in and tacked down as before would be a simple addition. And still no sew! Great idea!

  • Linda Abate
    on Apr 9, 2018

    I love these no sew projects. Any material plain or print would definitely be a great way of sprucing up a plain window. Love the tacks you used to give your valance a more finished look. GREAT JOB.

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