How to Make the Easiest Curtains Ever

I whipped up this valance in about an hour without even trimming my fabric at all. See the full post for the tutorial. I am not an experienced seamstress; anyone can do this! :)
Here's a sneak peek at the finished piece.
I started with a 2-yard piece of decorator fabric, which I turned inside out. Then I hemmed just the bottom, where the two raw edges came together.
I turned the "curtain" right side out. Then I tucked in the edges on the sides until each side was reduced by 4.75 inches and my valance was at my desired width of 36 inches.
Then I hemmed the sides. I never mark my hem spot. I simply use my sewing machine's pressure foot as a guide. I made sure to leave a 2-inch opening at the top for the rod pocket.
I ironed down accordion-type folds along the bottom.
Then I sewed together my accordion pleats.
Done! For all the complete details and more photos that illustrate each step, visit the blog post.
Living Rich on Less - Susan
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  • Cheryl Cheryl on Jul 12, 2019

    how do I get to the Blog post for detailed instructions for 'easiest curtains ever'?

  • Jean Luby Jean Luby on May 15, 2020

    After laundering will it be possible to recover pleats with just an iron?

  • Denese Eastin Denese Eastin on Sep 13, 2023

    Yes.,I intend to make this for my bedroom, with some modifications. I need to piece the fabric , the rod space is 58. And I need some kind of lining. I would like to use something lightweight but light blocking., Can someone suggest something? I like this, it looks do able

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  • Alvin Alvin on Apr 14, 2020

    I love that pattern. What is the name of it and where did you purchase that pattern?

  • Bernice Turney-Borgia Bernice Turney-Borgia on Sep 05, 2022

    My daughter and I worked on your curtain pattern. Your instructions was good, although you didn't specify to stitch across the space you'd left at the top of on the side sides. I took a look at your finished piece and realized that one sews across. I did the second stitching, as you said you'd done, like the look.

    I love the idea of using the tape to secure the folds.