Even if you don't own a sewing machine, you can make this super-cute valance...it's as easy as 1-2-3 (4-5)!
Five Easy Steps to a Super Cute Window Valance for a Song (and one hour of your time):
Supplies Needed: Two cotton kitchen towels; scissors; iron; needle and thread OR stitch witchery; rod to fit your window (Two standard towels fit a 30-inch window; if you want to make a valance for a larger window, you'll need more towels; allow two for every 30 inches or so).
1. Purchase two(2) standard cottonkitchen towels in a pattern you like. I found these owl towels at my local T.J. Maxx for $4.99 for two! They actually were seasonal options, but the colors go perfectly with my kitchen! Open them up and press with a hot iron.
Working one towel at a time:
2. Fold towel in half vertically and press; using sharp scissors, cut the towel in half along the pressed middle crease. Now you have four pieces.
3. Line up the four pieces of fabric the way you want them to hang on your rod. Press down one-inch at the top of each piece to form pockets (fold to the back side for the rod to slip through) and make a small hem at the bottom, making sure all the pieces are equal in size after making the rod pockets and hems (adjust as necessary) Note: you will only have to hem two pieces as the other two have the natural hem from the towel already there.
4. Using a needle and thread, hem the two pieces and sew the four rod pockets with an easy wide slip-stitch (about one inch). You can also use stitch-witchery or some other kind of press-on ironing tape adhesive using the manufacturer's instructions (if you don't sew and don't know a slip-stitch from a house cat!).
5. Once again press the four pieces with a hot iron and slip the rod through (I used a spring-tension rod purchased for $2.99 at Walmart), spacing the four pieces equally apart across the rod, and hang.
In less than one hour, you have a super-cute valance for your window. Half the work is already done for you by purchasing cotton dish towels. It doesn't get much easier than that!