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DIY Window Valances Without a Sewing Maching

Last weekend I decided to try and liven up the very boring laundry room with new window valances. The entire space is done in a fabulous hospital white (eek!) and seeing that it sits right off the master bedroom, all that sterile white can be a bit of an eyesore. The only issue was that I don’t own a sewing machine or know enough to even borrow one, and a lot of the window valances out there you can buy are just ugly.  We’re talking brown puffy things.  Ew.

That’s when it hit me.  I could use the Heat’n Bond adhesive to make a valance that required no sewing machine.  I love that stuff!  In the end, I think it worked out just fine and has a really strong hold.  The plan is to paint this room a soft grey and I think once that happens it will look even better!  Oh and please go easy on me with the photos.  I gave my photoshopping hubby the day off.  Clearly I have much to learn!

Before: The Very Boring Laundry Room Without Window Valances

DIY Window Valances Without Sewing

I love the idea of making a simple no sew valance for our laundry room, and of course, for safety, I had my husband help with hanging the rod and curtain once it was ready.  You can use a step stool and do it yourself since this truly is an easy one person project!  To get started on this window valances project, you need a few simple supplies.  Gather these and get started!

Supplies Needed: 

  • Fabric
  • Metal Hanging rod for window
  • Heat n’ Bond
  • Iron
  • Tape measure
  • Fabric scissors

We bought just a basic metal hanging rod at Home Depot for $1.67 to start on this window valances project.

Then I measured out how long I needed to cut the fabric, making sure to leave an inch on all three sides for the hem and three inches on the top to fold over the metal rod.

I found it easier to first iron the hem down so I had a crease to work with when making these window valances.  I then cut the Heat’n Bond to fit and ironed it in place.

And Voila!  About 45 minutes and $20 later, I was doing laundry in style!  I am not kidding when I say this was SO easy and I love walking by to see that punch of color.  Clearly Heat’n Bond is my new BFF!

Making simple window valances can be even less expensive if you find the fabric on sale at your local craft supply store! For smaller windows like this one, you may find scrap fabric pieces large enough to fit for under $5!  That’s a huge savings and a great way to update your home decor on a budget.

Check out our simple tutorial for DIY No Sew Window Valances! These can be made in under half an hour for less than $20!

I love the idea of updating my home with some great window treatments.  It’s so easy to add unique colors, fabric, and designs inexpensively when you use our no sew window valances tutorial.  I think I’ll have to add a few more of these to my bedrooms, bathroom or maybe even the kitchen!

Check out some of my other favorite DIY projects!

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  • Diane Slaughter

    Love your window valence. Do you have dimensions for the length of the finished valence. Do you also have a rod at the bottom that gives it that nice boxy look?

    July 10, 2016 at 4:01 pm Reply
  • Christina

    I would also love to know if you have a rod at the bottom and if you used a hem on the bottom as well. Love this look!

    April 20, 2017 at 6:52 pm Reply

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