I already had white drapery panels on my window at home and just needed to add some interest to the top. I chose to use cotton duck to make my version, but you could use any fabric, felt, ribbons, or even an old pair of jeans to create this one of a kind treatment for a window. For less fraying of the fabric, choose a fabric with a tight weave. The inset photo was my inspiration: Pottery Barn’s Textured Fat Tie Drape.
After I made the white valance above, I started playing with adding some color to the valance and cut strips from a printed yard of green fabric I had. When I added those strips to the all white valance it totally changed the look and added more interest and playfulness. It would be an inexpensive way to decorate a nursery or child’s room.
1. Cut 25” x 1 ½” strips from fabric. You can make the strips as long or short as you like depending on the size of your window.
2. Lay curtain rod on work surface and extend to width of window. Begin tying fabric strips onto the rod following the steps below.
For the color version: I started with a white strip and then added the green print and continued to fill the rod in this manner for more visual interest.
Install curtain rod brackets on window. Place covered rod into the brackets over pre-hung drapery panels or by itself as a simple topper on a window. Fluff and arrange as needed with your fingers.
Photo Credit: Inset Photo in photo 2-Pottery Barn Catalog