Collect handkerchiefs and straight pins & copy this DIY

No kitchen window is complete without a valance. This decorative drapery softens the space above a sink or adds warmth to windows around the breakfast nook. It’s a shabby chic staple, but you don’t need to rush to the store to buy one brand new. Instead, create your own out of a few floral handkerchiefs. If you don't have any, you can usually find them in thrift stores, antique shops or at yard sales.
This DIY valance made from handkerchiefs is not only easy on your wallet but also easy to make. Simply stitch the handkerchiefs together, then sew a length of blanket binding to the back. Within minutes you’ll have a heavenly valance ready to hang above a sink window, perfect for capturing some early morning light.
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Materials
- Handkerchiefs, 5
- Straight pins
- Sewing machine
- Thread
- Scissors
- Satin blanket binding, 2 inches wide
- Tension rod
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Instructions
1. Turn two handkerchiefs over. Place them next to each other so that the edges overlap slightly. Pin and sew the edges together.
2. Repeat step 1 until all your handkerchiefs are sewn together. This project uses five handkerchiefs, but you may find you need more or less depending on the size of your window.
3. Turn the valance over. Pin the top edge of the blanket binding about 1/2 inch beneath the top edge of the valance. Pin the bottom edge of the blanket binding to the valance so there’s enough room between the binding and the handkerchiefs to insert a tension rod. Sew the top and bottom of the binding to the handkerchiefs.
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4. Slide the completed valance onto a tension rod, then hang it near the top of a window.
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