Quick and Easy Napkin Window Valances

When my teenage daughter asked for a bedroom makeover last year, I consented, as long as various conditions were met. The One Directions posters covering an entire wall had to come down, the new paint color had to be full coverage in only two coats, and the budget had to be under $250.

The posters carefully came down to be saved for posterity, the two coats of medium gray paint covered the old color beautifully, and the budget was not exceeded. The bed was made over with a duvet set from Target, and I rallied to create a DIY upholstered headboard for about $100.

The gray and pale yellow color scheme, however, was mostly gray and barely any yellow. We needed to find ways to pull in the accent color. I threw in some accessories, and then I came across a gray and yellow cloth napkin set at Target for eight dollars.

There was already a cafe rod on each of the two windows from the last set of curtains, and faux wood blinds provided privacy. Surely I could make these napkins into a valance, even though I can barely sew a button onto a shirt. How hard could it be? Fortunately, not very. Here is what I did:

1. Lay four napkins on top of one another, aligning the bottom hems. Iron down the top inch to create the pocket for the cafe rod.


valance photo 1


2. Stitch the pocket across all four napkins, attaching each napkin to the next. I don’t have a sewing machine, so I simply made loose stitches all the way across. It’s a bit messy from the back, but no one can see that once the valance is hanging.


valance photo 2


3. Sew a button at each point where the napkins touch. This will cover the seams and add a decorative element to the valance. In retrospect, I should have used larger buttons so they were more visible once the valances were hung.

4. Thread the cafe rod through the pocket, scrunching the fabric as you go.


valance photo 3


5. Hang rod on brackets, and adjust fabric so that valance looks uniform.

6. Voila! Step back and admire your eight dollar valance.


valance photo 4


If you are a handy DIYer and/or someone who sews, this project will most likely seem like child’s play. If you are like me, and can barely thread a needle, this project will be about as complicated as you can handle without hiring a seamstress. The key is to use fabric that has already been finished on all sides, so your own below-average sewing is kept to a minimum. All you have to do is manage to thread that needle.

Dana is the moderately snarky, and occasionally witty author of Kiss my List. She’s a planner, project doer, mom and wife, (and therefore) coffee drinker and chocolate eater.———————————————————————————————————————————————————————
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  1. it looks great! nice job!

  2. Thank you Pam!

  3. Sarah Brown says:

    How creative! I would never have thought to do that. I will now, though :)

  4. Thank you Sarah – I hope you give it a try!

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