Creating your own custom Pom Pom Trimmed Valance is an easy project that adds a fun flair to any kids’ room.
Hi there! It’s Amanda from Life at Cloverhill here with a fun project I did for my daughter’s soft and sweet farmhouse nursery. Our little darlin’ just turned a year old this past weekend, and just as everyone told me, the time has flown by.
The idea of a window valance came after I realized the room we were going to use as a nursery did not have enough space around the window frame to have a curtain rod. We had installed simple blackout roller blinds for her and I needed some way of covering them when they were rolled up.
I started looking at valances in the stores and even the most simple pom pom trimmed one was about $90 a panel and I had two windows. I was able to make these ones myself for under $12 a window! I decided to make a simple valance in a subtle geometric print and play it up with a fun white pom pom trim.
The roller blind hides behind it perfectly and can easily be pulled down for naps and bedtime.
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When I was putting together the colour palette, I was trying to stick with fairly soft and neutral colours. I used the grey upholstery fabric and pom pom trim for the valance (top left) and a green and lavender cotton print for the crib skirt (bottom). Both complimented my favourite nursery decor find – these organic cotton Peter Rabbit crib sheets from Pottery Barn.
Pom Pom Trimmed Valance
- upholstery fabric
- plain canvas fabric for liner
- coordinating thread
- sewing machine and needle
- pom pom trim
- 3/4″ thick strip of wood
- staples and staple gun
I started with measuring the window frame at the top. The inside of the window frame was 28″ wide. I cut a piece of plain thick canvas just slightly smaller than how big I wanted the valance to be. In this case, I went with 27-1/2″ wide by 12″ high. I then cut a piece of the upholstery fabric that was 1″ longer on all four sides.
Next, I folded the upholstery fabric over the canvas on the two sides and bottom, ironed it and pinned it in place.
If you place the pins perpendicular to the folded hem, you can run right over them with the sewing machine.
Using coordinating thread, I ran a stitch at 1/4″ along the three sides – left, bottom and right sides, leaving the top unstitched.
I then ran another stitch along the three sides at 1/2″ in from the edge. This double stitch seemed to help with giving the fabric some structure.
After removing the pins, I gave it one final ironing again to keep everything crisp.
Next, I stitched the pom pom trim along the bottom edge.
On the ends, I folded the extra trim over and handstitched it in place.
I love the fun little edge it adds to the curtains and it’s a cute touch for a kids’ room.
To attach the valances to the window frames, I cut 3/4″ thick strips of wood to 28″ long to fit right into each window frame.
I checked to make sure that it would fit snuggly, without interfering with the roller blind.
I painted the strip of wood white to help it blend into the window frame, just in case you were to look up right by the window and saw it.
I folded the top edge of the valance over the wood piece and stapled it in place with a staple gun. Then it was just a matter of screwing the strip of wood, with the fabric attached, right into the top of the window frame.
The pom pom trim is subtle but adds a fun accent to the windows and can easily work with this room as our daughter gets older too.
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Amanda is the lifestyle blogger behind Life at Cloverhill. Along with her husband, she is restoring Cloverhill, a 1903 farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. They share their small homestead with their baby girl, two rambunctious dogs, four hens and a persnickety rooster. When she isn’t creating new projects and developing delicious recipes, Amanda can be found outside in their flower field.