Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Window Valence from a Quilt

I found this really cute quilt at a consignment sale that I went to.  I was very exited about it, until I opened up the bag that it was in and found it had a rip on one of the appliques...And the bias strip  on the side was also ripped... they had folded it to hid the rips.  I was pretty mad about it... that sneaky seller! 

But I decided to make lemonade from lemons and made a valence from the quilt.

Here is what I used:
ripped/used quilt
2 yards fabric
sewing machine with basic sewing tools (thread, scissors...etc)

I used an old valence to get an idea of length.  I cut out the appliqued squares from the quilt (the ones that were not ripped) and also cut out 2 inch strips from my fabric to put in between the quilt squares.  (each square was about 12 inches tall an the total length of the valence was about 56 inches long)
I also cut out a large rectangle of my fabric for the backing and casing.  (that was about 20 inches by 56 inches)

I laid out all my squares and strips in the order that I wanted them. 

I sewed all my squares and strips together (right sides together) to make on long rectangle for the front of my valence.  I started at one end and worked my way down. 

I then sewed my front (Quilt squares) to the back fabric on the top side (front sides together). 
Now it looks like this: 
I hemmed the sides by double folding the sides and sewing the finished edge. 

Next, I sewed the back fabric to the front fabric on the bottom edge (right sides together)... to make a long tub.   

I turned it right side out.  The back fabric is larger then the quilt squares so there should be enough for a casing at the top. I ironed it. 

I then created my casing for the rod to go through.  I sewed a line through both layer of fabric.  

All done and ready to hang up! 

I am very happy with it!  

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Unknown said...

looks beautiful! nice work Fawnda!

Tammy @ she wears flowers said...

Wow--those are some sweet "lemons"! You did a great job!

Army Wife Quilter said...

I love the valance. I have made quilt squares in to a valance and it turned out great. However we move so much (military family) I never know what room they will end up in. currently they are in my sewing room on a rod that does not fit the window so they are crazy. but i still love it. Good Job!

Unknown said...

That's really cute.. I never would have thought of doing something like that.

Life in Rehab said...

I think it looks better as a valance quite frankly- it's adorable!

Kara said...

What a bummer that the quilt was ripped. :( But you managed to make something totally adorable with it anyway. Way to be awesome!

Michelle @ Sweet Something Design said...

Great project, it turned out great even with the challenge of a rip.

Julianna said...

I'd love for you to come link up at Inspire Me Mondays

Pamela said...

Just adorable. Love the lavender and soft colors. Makes me want to hold a sweet cuddly baby!

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