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Sewing Custom Valances

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Get versatile views by creating custom valances in this accessible home decor class with designers Sue Sampson and Ellen DeLucia.

Skill Level



Pattern Mailed to You
Pattern Mailed to You
Online Lessons
Online Lessons

What You Get

  • 10 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • One pattern packet for either McCall's 5286 or 6299. (Please allow up to 14 business days in the US and up to 5 weeks internationally)
  • Downloadable class resources, including a printable supply list and worksheets for measuring your windows and calculating yardage
  • Closed captioning available (web only)
  • Answers to student questions from instructors Sue Sampson and Ellen DeLucia

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Enjoy your class on any device anytime.
  • Watch for your pattern in the mail!

Class Overview

Learn the secrets for sewing valances! Longtime home decor designers and friends, Sue and Ellen have teamed up to teach you all the steps necessary to create the perfect valance — from choosing the shape, measurements and fabric to board mounting the finished window dressing. You'll learn how to construct a sophisticated, symmetrical valance, as well as a more modern, asymmetric design. You'll also get creative ideas and techniques to personalize your valance with appliqué, trims, piping and more. You can even design with a child in mind, recreating their artwork on a window topper. Get step-by-step instruction on how to achieve perfect pleats, add protective lining and construct a simple mount for each of your versatile valances.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction
Meet your instructors, Sue Sampson and Ellen DeLucia, and learn more about your class.
2. Designing Your Valance
3. Measuring Your Window
4. Setting Up Your Workroom
5. Customizing Pattern Pieces
6. Cutting & Seaming with Cellophane
7. Banding & Cording
8. Constructing the Valance
9. Creative Variations
10. Mounting the Valance

Recommended with this class

  • Staple gun
  • Electric drill
  • Pine board

Taught by

Sue Sampson & Ellen DeLucia
Sue Sampson & Ellen DeLucia
Ellen and Sue founded Home Dec In A Sec over two decades ago and have been business partners, in addition to friends, ever since. They also are home decor designers for the McCall Pattern Company. Their "Window Treatments Idea Book" (Taunton Press, 2006) continues to be a favorite resource among homeowners and decorators looking for a visual digest of the latest ideas and products in window decor.

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