I remember when I was 8 years old, and the fourth girl that my mom had in four years (that's one girl a year for 4 years straight with three in diapers!), when my mother announced that us girls had to make all our own clothes or go naked! Plus, we didn't wear jeans yet.
She meant it! Back then, we did not buy any of our clothes so going naked would have been our only option.
I didn't think at the time that it was a blessing. However, over the years (47 years that I have been sewing) it has really been a blessing.
Now, I buy all my clothes, alter them and hubby's because we are short, but I make all of my curtains and pillows...even if I don't need anything new. I just like doing it.
That brings us to my point of this post. My new valances.
Let's go back just a bit. After painting my kitchen/dining room red, I made these curtains.
I didn't have a pattern and just made them up as I went along. These have been very popular and I have been asked many times if I would make them for someone else. These now are for sale. They need to be used with a rod and rings with clips and were made for a window that is 45" wide, so if you have a window close to that size and love these red floral ones, then they are for you. Fully lined for $35 plus shipping. Contact me through email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Using the same material (above) but switching up the design a bit, I later made coordinating valances for the bay window. These are also for sale. They need to be used with a regular curtain rod and were made for a window that is 27" wide, so if you have a window close to that size and love these red floral ones, then they are for you. Fully lined for $45 plus shipping. I have four of these, you can buy one or all four. Each valance is 50" wide by 17" long with a 1" rod pocket. Contact me through email at email@example.com
I then saw this bird toile fabric (above) in the Ballard Designs catalog and fell in love. I purchased the fabric and made this valance recently.
I also made matching valances in the lovely toile fabric for the bay window. These are also for sale now. They need to be used with a rod and rings with clips. The kitchen window valance was made for a window that is 45" wide, so if you have a window close to that size and love these red toile ones, then they are for you. Fully lined for $45 plus shipping. Contact me through email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The red toile valances made for the bay window could also work for a sliding door. This valance is one continuous piece that is 134" wide by 13" long. But remember they need to have some draping allowance. My bay windows are 112" that these fit on. Fully lined for $95 plus shipping. Contact me though email above.
That brings me up to today. I just painted my kitchen gray and I love the change. I was hoping that I could keep the red valances and rugs to play off the gray but it just wasn't working for me.
It just wasn't what I had in mind. This is for sale if anyone likes it though. Fully lined $30 plus shipping. It does have a seam in the center as you can see in the above picture. The fabric is called Monogram - pewter. It's gray with black and white check accent fabric
So for my second try at it and using the same fabric, I think I have a winner with these pinched pleated ones. I like these...for now!
A girl and her sewing machine can be a dangerous thing!
Just email me if you are interested in purchasing any of the valances shown.
Plus, don't forget that I have a Valentine's Giveaway going right now...
Just go HERE to Enter!
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