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Jan 31, 2012

No-sew hanging valance tutorial

My kitchen has one window and is boxed in by cabinets on either side. It is the only source of light in my kitchen at this point, so in deciding what I was going to do for a window treatment, I knew I didn't want anything too "heavy." I had fallen in love with this fabric so I started playing around with ideas. I couldn't have an outside mount window treatment because of the cabinets so I came across this one day at the fabric store.

A decorative tension mount curtain rod. Who knew? After some experimenting, here is what I came up with.

Do you want to try it yourself? Here is what you need.

{supplies needed}
iron-on adhesive
curtain rod
clip rings

I basically cut the fabric so it measured exactly the width of the window opening, with about one extra inch on each side for a seam. I made it five inches tall, again with a one inch each seam on the top and bottom. I ironed the fabric at the seam to get a crisp line. Then I placed the iron-on adhesive under the seam and ironed again. 

Take care at the corners. I usually cut the fabric on a angle that so I get a tight corner. 

That is basically it. After that I just clipped some clip on rings spaced out evenly, hung it on my tension rod and put it up.

Just to let you know, the project took about 20 minutes. Getting the pictures for this post did not. Please excuse the toy filled sun room outside and the five year old who thought it would be a great idea to get into one of mommy's shots by moving the trampoline under the window.


  1. So cute! I've been wanting to try this for awhile!


  2. Very nice! It finishes the window without cutting out the light... you could even it switch it out with a different fabric for the holidays! I'm going to try that!

  3. I love that fabric! Where did you get it?

    1. I got this fabric at my local fabric store, Fabric Corner. I believe it is Braemore Monrovia. I've looked online for it because I love it so much but have only found the darker versions. Hope that helps!

  4. So clever. And your son is hysterical! Thanks so much for linking up at our "impossibilities" link party!


    1. Happy to linkup! That is just a glimpse into a day in my life. They keep me laughing!

  5. I'm always looking for ways to brighten up our windows without covering our gorgeous wood trim above. This is great.

    1. I think this option would be great for so many rooms where the moldings are an important part of the decor.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  6. looks great! i did something like this in my dining room-i used a table runner, which i clipped like this. no sewing or ironing required!

  7. What a great no sew project! Thanks for linking this up too! Karah

  8. I love the texture of that fabric. Absolutely beautiful and so simple. It looks like you conquered your "impossible." Thanks for joining the party!

  9. This is amazing! Great job! Thanks for sharing your "impossibility"! <3 from your newest follower and fellow {brand-new} blogger! Check out my "impossibility" and follow back!


  10. Anything that involves no sew is perfect for me!! Fabulous fabric choice and simple - I may have to give it a go! Thanks for linking up to our Impossibilities Challenge.

  11. A great idea. I really need some. I love the hardware. I'm a new follower.

  12. Hey, that's really pretty. Aren't you clever?! Well done for finishing your project.

  13. I love heat n bond and stitch witchery. Thats what I use to make all my drapes. No sewing here! Love your fabric choice btw!

  14. Love me some heat & bond!! It's a God send for a non-sewer like me! Love the fabric you chose...it looks so great in your window. Would be delighted for you to link this up to Mop It Up Mondays (going on through Friday): http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com/2012/02/mop-it-up-mondays-party-2.html

  15. Now if I just had your pretty framed windows....

  16. Do you know where that cute light fixture comes from? I have been looking for one but no luck. I want to thank you for the info on the curtain rod. I have the same problem in my kitchen. Thanks, gelswood@aol.com

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