Adding a box pleat valance to your windows can add a touch of elegance to any room. It’s a simple and affordable way to dress up your windows without having to spend a lot of money. In this article, we’ll show you how to make a box pleat valance with contrasting fabric.
Before you start, you need to measure your window to determine the size of your valance. Measure the width of your window and add an extra 6 inches on each side. This will give you enough fabric to create a 3-inch box pleat on each side of the valance.
Choose two contrasting fabrics for your valance – one for the main body and one for the pleats. Make sure the fabrics complement each other and match the decor of your room.
Cut your main fabric to the size of your window plus the extra 6 inches on each side. Cut your pleat fabric into 6-inch strips that are the same width as your main fabric. You will need enough strips to create pleats on each side of the valance.
Take one of your pleat strips and fold it in half lengthwise with the right sides facing each other. Sew a seam along the raw edge to create a tube. Turn the tube right side out and press it flat. Repeat this step for all of your pleat strips.
Lay your main fabric flat and mark the center point on each side. Take one of your pleat strips and fold it in half to create a box pleat. Pin the pleat to the main fabric at the center point and sew it in place. Repeat this step for all of your pleat strips.
Once all your pleats are attached, fold your fabric in half with right sides facing each other. Sew the sides together, leaving a small opening at the top. Turn your valance right side out and press it flat. Sew the opening closed and attach it to your curtain rod.
What type of fabric should I use?
You can use any type of fabric for your valance as long as it’s not too heavy. Lightweight cotton fabrics work well for box pleat valances.
Do I need to use contrasting fabric?
No, you don’t have to use contrasting fabric. You can use the same fabric for your valance and pleats if you prefer.
How many pleats should I make?
This depends on the width of your window. As a general rule, you should have at least one pleat for every 12 inches of window width.
Can I make a box pleat valance without sewing?
Yes, you can make a no-sew box pleat valance using iron-on hem tape instead of sewing. However, it may not be as durable as a sewn valance.
How do I clean my box pleat valance?
Most box pleat valances can be machine washed on a gentle cycle and tumble dried on low heat. Check the care label on your fabric before washing.
A box pleat valance with contrasting fabric can add a touch of elegance to any room. It’s an affordable way to dress up your windows without having to spend a lot of money. It’s also a simple DIY project that can be completed in a few hours.
When choosing your fabric, make sure the colors complement each other and match the decor of your room. Use lightweight cotton fabrics for best results. Iron your fabric before cutting to ensure accurate measurements.
Adding a box pleat valance with contrasting fabric is an easy and affordable way to dress up your windows. Choose two complementary fabrics, measure your window, cut your fabric, sew your pleats, make your box pleats, finish your valance, and attach it to your curtain rod. Use lightweight cotton fabrics and iron your fabric before cutting for best results.