I found a wonderful “how-to” from Living Solutions The Blog: Ideas and Inspiration
I altered her tutorial just a bit and made my own box pleat curtain. She does a great job describing how to measure how much fabric you will need with the addition of the pleats, hems, etc.
For my curtain I only wanted 1 pleat. For each pleat you need to add 8 inches of fabric. So, this is how I did my math: my window is 46″ wide. I wanted my valance to be 47″ wide (just wider than the window). So my fabric needed to be 47″ plus I added 8″ for 1 pleat, 1/2″ for 1/4″ hem on each side, 7″ for the 3 1/2″‘s on each side of the board to wrap around and an additional 1″ to wrap around to the back of the board to staple it. Therefore my fabric was 63 1/2″ wide.
I wanted my valance to be 16″ high. I measured 16″ plus 3 1/2″ for the width of the board it would attach to, plus 1″ for hemming allowance around the top and bottom. So my fabric was 20 1/2″ high.
I used a Target curtain panel for my fabric. I happened to be walking through Target and found a curtain panel for $20 in the perfect color. For the amount of fabric you get, it is quite a deal!
|Measuring before cutting my fabric (63 1/2″ X 20 1/2″)|
|Finding the center of my fabric and pinning my pleat.|
|Pleat pinned – each fold is 2″|
|I factored a total of 8″ for my 1 pleat|
|After sewing my pleat into place – I sewed down the middle on both sides about 6 inches|
|View of the sewn pleat from the back|
|I then placed my curtain onto my lining fabric and cut my lining fabric to the same size. I then pinned the right sides together of my lining fabric and my curtain fabric|
|I then sewed around the top and 3/4″ of the way around the sides of the fabric|
|I did not sew around the bottom or 1/4 of the sides. This way I could hem them separately.|
|The curtain has been turned right side out and ironed|
|In this picture you can see that I still need to hem my lining fabric and then sew together the sides|
|I then hemmed the lining and outer fabric. For the outer fabric I sewed a blind hem after serging it.|
|Blind hem completed on outer fabric|
|Blind hem completed on outer fabric (you can’t see the stitching!)|
|I serged the lining fabric and then sewed down the sides of the valance to finish the sides.|
|Sewn down the sides of the valance to attach the the lining and outer fabric|
|View from the back|
|Views from the front|
|Views of front with back folded over|
After the valance is sewn and ironed, you need to attach it to your board. I used a staple gun to attach it to my wood 2×4 board. I did it exactly as is shown on the Living Solutions Blog:
|She explains in detail how to wrap your corners.|
My finished valance!
For more photos of the completed valance in place visit the original post: Box Pleat Valance – DIY
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