Our home addition is coming right along. (LOL, we have been at this for over a year now). But it is so worth it! We are finishing up the laundry room and I wanted to add some color to the crisp white planked walls with some kind of window treatment. I have two windows in the corner of my laundry room and in my door. I am a total light freak and am so glad I put that little side window in. I love the lighting in this room and could spend the whole day in there.
At first I thought about making roman blinds for these window, I have made them before and they are kinda fun to make, but I am into EASY these days, and a roman blind looks like this when it is pulled up anyway. Why should I waste the fabric yardage, my time and any frustration that may come along with a more intense project such as a pleated roman blind?
This window treatment works really well for windows that are inset, meaning they are not flush with the interior walls.
Here is a picture of the laundry room before the window treatment.
What you will need for this easy DIY window treatment:
- FABRIC (measuring instructions below) I used a a duck cloth piece of fabric for this window. Any woven fabric will work. If it is a thinner, lightweight fabric you may want to use a piece of interfacing to give it some structure.
- SEWING MACHINE
- 3/4 x 1/2 inch x window with of wood trim (measuring instructions below)
- 1 5/8 inch screws
- 7/16 inch dowel (optional)
- staple gun or glue adhesive
- rotary cutter or scissors
How to measure fabric:
*TIP: use a safety pin to mark the edges of the fabric that are the WINDOW WIDTH measurements. I suggest this because it can be real easy to get these mixed up especially if you have a square window.
Sew the side seams using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Clip the bottom corners.
Turn and Press:
Hold the fabric up and if you feel it hangs nicely you can move on. If you find it doesn’t hang flat you can either stiffen it up a bit using some iron on interfacing or use the method below using a small dowel.
*TIP: If you are using a lightweight fabric, you can insert a small dowel (7/16) cut the width minus about a 1/4 inch into the bottom of the valance. This will give it some weight to hang down straight instead of being limp.
You will need to drill some holes in the wood strip before applying the fabric. Measure about 3 1/2 -4 inches from the edges and one hole in the center. If your window is pretty wide, you may need a few more holes to secure the wood strip tightly to the top of the window casing. If you have a countersinking tool, that works great, if not, no biggie.
Applying the fabric to the wood strip:
Line up the top edge of the fabric with the edge of the wood strip and make sure the fabric is also lined up with the side edge of the wood or else the wood will show. Hold securely in place while you staple it using a staple gun. If you do not have a staple gun, you can secure in place using a good adhesive and some clamps to hold in place while it dries.
Inserting the valance to the window casing:
The wood strip and fabric should fit snug against the edges of your casing. You may want some help doing this part if you have a wide window. Fold the fabric up while you, or someone else, screws in the screws. (Keep the wood strip flush with the wall edges).
What a fun way to add some pizzazz to any room.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Have fun sewing!