How To Make a No Sew Valance

In this tutorial, learn how to make a no sew valance that has pleats at the corners and an accent band at the bottom. This simple design will go with many décor styles.

You can also make variations with box pleats or add decorative trim to make it your own. Add this valance to existing curtains, sheers, or blinds, or make matching custom curtains!

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Step 1: Measure & cut the fabric

Cut your piece of wood to the width you want your valance to be. Generally 2½” to 3½” is a good depth for a valance, so a 2 x 4 (3½” wide) would work.

Everyone’s measurements will be different, so view the PDF diagram to figure out the dimensions to cut your fabric.

Fabric choice: Any drapery fabric that can withstand high heat from an iron, like cotton or linen, works well. I used Premier Prints, which has a lot of coordinating fabrics in prints and solids.

No Sew Valance - Measure the fabric
No Sew Valance - Cut the fabric

Step 2: Attach the pieces together

First put together the side, pleat, and front pieces, then attach the band piece(s). Refer to the diagram to see the layout of the different pieces. I start by attaching the left side piece (main fabric) and left pleat piece (accent fabric) and worked my way from left to right.

Lay one piece right side up and place the bonding tape on the edge of the fabric. With the steam setting on your iron, hold the iron over the stitch witchery without touching it. This will make it tacky and it will stick to the fabric.

No Sew Valance - bonding tape
No Sew Valance - melt bonding tape

Then place the other piece on top with the right side down (if it has a right side). Hold the iron on the fabric for 10 seconds at a time to melt the tape. Turn the pieces over and repeat the ironing on the other side.

Turn it so the right sides are facing out and iron to make a sharp crease. Do the same thing for the rest of the seams on the side, pleat, and front pieces. Also if you have more than one piece for the band, attach them together too.

No Sew Valance - place other piece on top
No Sew Valance - Iron the fabric
No Sew Valance - Iron the crease

Add the bottom band last the same way the other pieces were attached. Iron the seam flat.

No Sew Valance - bonding tape
No Sew Valance - melt the tape
No Sew Valance - Add bottom band
No Sew Valance - iron to attach

On the back, fold the bottom of the band up and place the raw edge under the seam where it’s attached to the top pieces. Iron the fold that’s formed at the bottom of the band. Slide the stitch witchery under the seam and iron.

No Sew Valance - Fold the bottom band up
No Sew Valance - Slide the stitch witchery under the seam
No Sew Valance - Iron

On the end, fold the sides over twice so that the width of the side piece is the same as the wood (2 ½” here). This will create a finished edge. Slide the stitch witchery under the fold and iron. Iron on the front side too. Repeat on the other end.

No Sew Valance - fold sides and add tape
No Sew Valance - Iron back then front

Make a crease where the pleats will be by folding the ends like an accordion and ironing.

No Sew Valance - Fold to create pleats
No Sew Valance - Iron the folds

Step 3: Attach the fabric to the wood

Lay the wood flat and center the fabric on it with the top overhanging ½”. Starting in the middle, hot glue the fabric to the back of the wood. You could use a staple gun instead if you prefer. Stop a 5″ or 6″ before the ends of the wood.

No Sew Valance - Center the fabric on the wood
No Sew Valance - Glue the fabric to the wood

Line up the edge of the pleat with the end of the wood and glue it down. Also attach this section of the pleat to the back of the wood.

No Sew Valance - Dot glue on the corner
No Sew Valance - Line up edge of pleat
No Sew Valance - Glue back of wood
No Sew Valance - attach pleat

Fold the side flap up and glue the corner to the back. Then fold it back down so a 45 degree angle is created and glue it in place.

No Sew Valance - Put glue on corner of fabric
No Sew Valance - Fold back and attach corner to back
No Sew Valance - Fold up to create 45 degree angle
No Sew Valance - Glue it in place

Fold on the pleat so the top is even the edge and glue.

No Sew Valance - Grasp loose section of pleat
No Sew Valance - Glue along the ege
No Sew Valance - Secure the pleat

Finish attaching the fabric to the back of the valance, including all the layers of the pleat. Tack down the back and front corners. Repeat on the other end.

No Sew Valance - Glue rest of fabric to back
No Sew Valance - Glue the back corner
No Sew Valance - Glue the front corner

Step 4: Install the valance

Screw the L brackets (also called angle brackets or corner braces) to the bottom of the wood, about ½” from the ends and flush with the back edge of the wood. Then screw the brackets to your window trim or to the wall above your window. If you install it higher than the window, it won’t block much light and will make the window look bigger. The no sew valance is complete!

No Sew Valance - Screw brackets to the wood
No Sew Valance - Attach to wall
How to make a no sew valance - finished 1
How to make a no sew valance - finished 2
How to make a no sew valance - finished 3
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My window is 104" wide x 82" high. I just want a 'topper' - how' long' should it be for that size of window? There are verticals now which are neutral and I want them to stay. thanks much.
A shopper on Sep 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: There's no right or wrong answer, but they're typically between 1/6 and 1/4 of the height of the window.
Would having a patterned border material pose a problem?
A shopper on Mar 8, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, that wouldn't be a problem.
Is it possible to velcro the fabric to the board(instead of gluing it), as I would like the option to take down the fabric to wash it? If so, How?
A shopper on Sep 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Sure, velcro is a good option! You'll want to make the pieces of fabric you cut for the valance shorter, so don't include the measurements for the wood. Follow the directions up to step 3.

Fold the top of the valance in about 1/2" and use the stitch witchery to glue it to the back. Fold in the pleats and glue them together at the top.

Wrap the piece of wood like a present in the same fabric and glue or staple the fabric to the wood. Attach velcro to the back of the valance and around the sides and front of the wood.

You can get adhesive backed velcro here (the hook and loop sides are sold separately):

Just be sure to pre-wash the fabric before starting.