How to make a pleated Shaped Valance

Welted and Fringed Shaped Valance

Sketch for Trimmed Welted Shaped Valance

In this bedroom, my client has an antique throw with fringed edges.  This fringe effect will be replicated in the shaped valances at the two windows and throw pillows.   Because the valance fabric is heavy a stiff welt was put on the edges under the fringe trim.  This will help keep the heavy fabric from hanging flat.

Lining is sewn together for shaped valance

As always with a shaped valance I cut lining for the longest and highest points.   The fullness called for two pieces cut 60" long and a 27" wide piece in the center to fit the highest point.

Shape of Valance is drawn on lining

Seams are pressed flat.    The lining is folded double and the shape of the Valance is drawn on the lining.

Of course by folding double both sides are the same.

The shape is cut out of the lining
and it becomes the pattern for each additional valance.

Face fabric hooked together

Next face fabric is cut in the same lengths as the lining, matching pattern at seams when it exists.   Seams are pressed flat .  The lining "pattern" is lined up on top of the face fabric.

Lining laid out as pattern

Face and lining fabrics are lined up face to face and the fabric is cut to shape.

If this valance were not getting a welt, it could be pinned and sewn together as soon as it is cut out.

Valance  with welt and lining pinned ready to sew.

Welt cord is sewn to main fabric.  Lining is pinned face to face over main fabric.   Pieces are sewn together with zipper foot.

Put lining side down and sew watching cording stitch.   Sew a little closer to the cord than first stitch  so that no stitches show when valance is

Hot glue is used to stabilize bullion fringe

In order to replicate the fringe on the antique throw, two out of three bullion fringe ropes will be cut off.  Hot glue is used to stabilize  the trim.

Bullion  fringe is now top sewn  against the welt cord.

Completed valances is pleated.

Valance is pleated .   A 5" facing strip is sewn to hold pleat in place and to be stapled to the mounting board.


Two out of three bullion are cut off and now the end of the bullion left are cut and unraveled.

 The fringe is steamed  and straightened by brushing with a plastic toothed brush.

Later I will post a picture of the valance when  installed.