My kitchen window has had the same valence over the shade for more years than I can count. It was also over the kitchen window in our previous home, which amazingly had the same size window. Of course, the view here always takes my attention, but the lace valence had seen better days. I made it from the edge of a lace panel adding a green trim accent. The trim is now faded and discolored, and I am just tired of the look.
So, time for a new one. These are so simple to make, ridiculously easy and fast, why don’t I have several to change with the seasons? So, Autumn Jubilee is starting, let’s make an Autumn Valence. I found this perfect striped print in the
stash resource center. I cut the size I wanted, for me it was a 14 inch strip. For yours, measure the size of your window. The length should be 1-1/2 to 2 times the window width measurement, and the height should be 1/4-1/3 the height of the window. I cut off the selvedge edges.
I used my serger to join the strips for the length, and to finish the edges.
If you don’t have a serger, no problem, just fold under 1/4-inch, iron and proceed on. I iron in the hem before topstitching.
On the short sides, which will be the edges of the valence, turn under about 1/2-inch or so and topstitch.
Turn down 3-inches at the top and press. This will become the rod pocket and the ruffle at the top.
Stitch one inch from the top edge to form the ruffle over the top of the rod pocket.
Then stitch at the bottom of the foldover to create the rod pocket. This will fit up to a 2 inch circumference rod easily.
Topstitch the hem. Then hang it up! The fabric was perfect, matching the butter yellow walls, and picking up the black in the appliances and countertop. It even has green and burgundy to pick up those colors in the accessories in the kitchen. Adding the fall leaves and flowers in the print, and it is a fall festival over the sink.
I tucked that edge into the window after I took this picture. I am loving these colors! Such a contrast to the light lacy valence from before. Start to finish took me just over one hour.
Now the window looks fresh and new, with a great autumn print. I’ll be making a couple more and changing them with the seasons.
You can upload pics of all your Autumn Jubilee projects to the Flickr group. Debbie put her wreath on the group yesterday, and it is lovely. Only pics of the quilt along will be eligible for the drawing for quilting by me, but any picture of any Autumn Jubilee project is welcome! If you just found this blog, click on the Autumn Jubilee link to see the fun month-long celebration of Autumn with projects, a quilt along and giveaways!
Can you change your kitchen for the seasons?