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Window valance using a jelly roll (2 1/2″ strips)

I love it when I can make something super cute and super easy!  This valance took me about one hour to make, (not including hanging the drapery rod).

I started with a jelly roll of “Allspice Tapestry” by Fig Tree for Moda.  If you’re wondering what a jelly roll is, it’s a group of 2 1/2″ wide strips (usually about 40) rolled together and sold as a pre-cut package. They are typically cut with a pinked edge to reduce raveling.

In the following photo, I have arranged my strips over the curtain rod, making sure the colors are evenly distributed:

I cut 12″ off of each strip so that it would hang the correct length.  You may want to measure your window first, before cutting.  I only used about 30 of the strips in my valance.

Now you just tie each strip around the curtain rod.  I tried a few different methods, and I like the following the best:

Keep tying each strip along the length of the curtain rod until you have it as full as you like.

How easy that? And look what else:

  • No sewing
  • No pressing
  • Just a little cutting
  • Using up a jelly roll from your stash (or a new one that jumped into your shopping bag)
  • Just one hour, people!


Of course this lovely piece is hanging in my sewing room!  It makes me happy every time I walk in there and it’s starting to look like a real sewing room!

Have a sew lovely day!




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  1. Love this idea! I shared this with my daughter and she decided that she wanted us to do these for her class room. We may also do some for her sons room in fun colors for a little guy. Thanks for the tutorial and for sharing!

  2. This is the cutest valence I have ever seen. Do you have another wonderful idea for making a shower curtain to go with this?

  3. This is the cutest window valance idea I have ever seen. I also had been trying to think of something cute for my sewing room. Now I have the answer thanks to you, and your creativity. The fabric strips just seem like the perfect decor for windows in a sewing room. Thank you for sharing with us.

  4. Dear Julie, This post made me smile from ear to ear ! I found your blog on Pinterest and I am so happy ! I am a volunteer at a nursing home and I am always looking for cheap but pretty ways to spruce up the patients rooms and surroundings. This post fits the bill 100% ! I can hardly wait to get started , my little residents are going to be so happy. Blessings to you and yours, Angela ( East TN)

  5. This is adorable! So simple, yet so beautiful. Easily changed in a room that changes a lot. I would be inclined to just take it down and change the colors for each season. So, so sweet!

  6. This is exactly what I’ve been looking for and didn’t even know it!! My craft room windows have been bare for months(except for the blinds) while I’ve been trying to figure out what kind of valance to make. This is it! PERFECT! Thanks so much!!


  7. I have just rented a little house in town to be a studio!! I’m so excited, and these cute little valences will be darling, quick, and easy! Thanks for sharing
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  8. You forgot the other good thing about it: If you are working on a piece and you need a perfect piece of material, it might be hanging there right in front of you!

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