Well, I was going to write a tutorial on how I made these, but then I realized that I just combined a few other people's tutorials and they probably explained things much better than I could. So I figured I'd just link to their tutorials and give any tips and tricks I picked up while making them. (Also I made these over a year ago and just got the photos off my camera yesterday, so the details are a bit fuzzy. Whoops.)
Main Tutorial used:
Cre8tive Design's How to make a tailored valance
I ended up mostly going the route of Cre8tive Design's tutorial, however I used a 1x2 board instead of the 1x4 she recommends. My valances were going in our sewing/sun room and one window is against the sliding glass door to go outside so I didn't want them sticking 4 inches out and getting in the way. The blinds themselves are also inset in the window frame so I didn't have to worry about the valances sticking out far enough to cover them.
I didn't cover the boards in white fabric before attaching my batik because I'm lazy and no one would be standing under them looking up at the unfinished wood. I'm all about saving time.
My fabric was also 14 in wide, so I just left it as is and hemmed the one end. I stapled the other end to the boards without hemming it since my valances were going to be right up against the ceiling and no one would see a raw edge.
As you can see here, I didn't have the fabric go all the way over the top of the board. I wanted as much length as possible and with only 14 in to work with, I had to get clever. And as I said, the boards were going very close to the ceiling so no one would see if the fabric didn't entirely cover the top.
Also, staple guns are awesome. What else can I make with these things?!?!
These L brackets were super easy to install. We ended up using 3 per window since they were pretty long and we didn't want the valances to bow in the middle.
And here are the completed valances! I really liked how they came out, however they aren't the perfectly smooth tailored look that you would get by wrapping the fabric around a foam board, which I've seen done in other tutorials. I think if I ever made these for a main room in our house I would do a mix of a wrapped foam board and the wooden board for hanging with L brackets. But overall, they went together very easily and I'm loving how they look in the room. I call this a definite win!
You know those gorgeous Moroccan wedding blankets that are incredible but crazy expensive? They're beautiful and have such a great story behind them. In Morocco they're handmade by a Berber bride's female relatives and given to her for her wedding. After the ceremony the bride wears the blanket like a cape and takes it to her new home.
I've had my eye on one of these for a while, but with their price tag it just wasn't going to happen. However, when I found this throw blanket on clearance at Hobby Lobby last week, I knew I could whip up a pretty close approximation and get the look for much less. In fact this cost me less than $50 to make.
This was pretty easy to make but it takes a lot of time and patience.
1 blanket or throw (I found mine on clearance at Hobby Lobby)
10 yards of sequin trim (this particular trim is from Joann Fabrics)
sewing machine (or you can try fabric glue)
I basically laid out the sequin trim on the blanket, pinned it down, and sewed it on with a long zigzag stitch.
This is where it got a little tricky. The sequins would get caught in the presser foot on the sewing machine, so to fix that I laid a piece of tissue paper over the trim while I stitched it down. I had to fiddle with the tension on the sewing machine since I was sewing with clear plastic thread and the long stitching, but setting the tension to a lower setting took care of any pulling issues. You can lay out the sequins any way you want. I wanted a more minimal look with the sequins so I just had a few straight lines of trim. Even this took 10 yards of trim, so if you want to do a more complicated design, take that into consideration when calculating the amount of trim to buy.
Once I stitched through the paper and tacked the trim down, I carefully pulled the tissue paper off, which took some time but wasn't horribly difficult. Just make sure you don't pull too hard and accidentally pucker the stitching. (Trust me, it's a pain!)
You might be able to skip all of this and use fabric glue to secure the sequin tim onto the blanket, but I've never used fabric glue so I can't say how well that will stick or how long it will last. I figured sewing it down was a more permanent solution so I went that route.
And that's it! Once the sequins are sewn down, you can iron the blanket (or not if you're impatient like me and just want to take some photos) and add it to your bed, couch, or wall.
I've been waiting a long time to get halfway decent photos of this headboard. We made it back in our old house, and the sage green fabric didn't match the tan walls of our bedroom at all. But I had a vision of someday having a peaceful white bedroom and I knew the headboard would be exactly what we needed. It just took us 6 months to get there! But now we're finally to the point of putting our new bedroom together and it's glorious! As a bonus, this headboard tutorial is ridiculously easy.
plywood cut to length of your bed and height that you want
quilt batting - enough to cover plywood
fabric - enough to cover plywood
two 2x4s cut to height of headboard legs (I got a 2x4x8 and cut it in half to create two 4 ft tall legs)
First measure the width of your mattress. Then figure out if you want the headboard to extend past the mattress. Add those measurements together to get the total length to cut the plywood. For example, our mattress is 75 inches wide and I wanted the headboard to extend 3 inches on each side of the bed. So our total width is 75 + 6 = 81 inches wide.
Then figure out how tall you want the headboard to be. This isn't critical because you can adjust the height on the legs. I wanted our headboard to be 32" tall not including the legs, so I made that the plywood height measurement.
Take these measurements and cut the plywood to size (ours was 81x32"). If you don't have a saw, your friendly Home Depot or Lowes employees can cut it to size for you.
Cut the 2x4s down to size depending on how tall you want the legs to be (again, I had a 2x4x8 and had them cut it in half so each leg was 4 feet tall).
Lay the batting on the floor, making sure there are at least 2 layers of batting to cover the entire piece of wood. Lay the wood on top of the batting, pull the batting tight around the edges and staple in place. Make sure the batting lays flat and there isn't any bunching or pulling.
Once the batting is in place, lay the fabric face down on the floor. Lay the batting covered headboard onto the fabric, again making sure there's no bunching or pulling.
Be careful and check the front often to make sure everything is straight, especially if you are using a fabric with a print. Don't be afraid to use a lot of staples to hold the fabric down.
Now comes the time to determine how tall you want the headboard to be. I wanted mine to be a bit taller, so I calculated the total measurement of 52 inches. I subtracted the height of the plywood (32 inches) from the total height of 52 inches to get 20 inches. I marked 20 inches up on each 2x4 and lined that mark up with the bottom of the plywood. Then nail or screw the legs into the board, making sure the nails/screws don't go through to the other side and wreck your hard work!
Stand the headboard up to make sure it's even and then haul it into your bedroom! You can screw it into your bed frame (as I intend to do eventually) or just lean it up against the wall for now.
It was so ridiculously easy, I don't know why we put off making it for so long. As you can see, we've also added bedside lights and curtains to our bedroom! Now just to add some artwork above the bed and I think our master bedroom is getting pretty close to being finished!
Just a little update today. We have this skinny little wall that you see immediately as you enter our front door. It's a bit of an awkward space, and I wasn't sure what to do with it. But with a few hooks and nails, a handy solution was found! The cowboy hat wall!
I used these hooks from amazon and my husband's collections of cowboy hats to decorate this entryway wall. He's able to easily grab them if he wants to wear one, and they're on display instead of hidden away in the closet.
I'm Sarah, a textile, history and sewing enthusiast. I talk about contemporary and historical fashion, sewing, patterns, tutorials, home decor, and anything else you can make with a needle and thread. I love books and am happy to talk your ear off about historical clothing.
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