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Banded Curtains

Add color and visual height to a room by sewing a band of contrasting design to the edge of plain fabric.

Materials and Tools:

2 coordinating fabrics (Susan Ivory SKU 7138910 and Espandrille Stripe SKU 7194863) - Jo Ann, Etc.
rod
drapery rings

Steps:

1. To make a panel, pin a length of contrasting edging fabric to one long edge of the main fabric (right sides together) and stitch it in place. Press the seam open. Then with right sides together, fold the entire panel (including the edging) in half and pin/stitch the other side of the edging to the drapery panel. Pin and sew the bottom edge closed before turning the panel right side out. Iron it so the banded portion is folded in half, creating the desired accent along the edge.

2. Tuck in the raw edges along the top; pin, and then sew the opening shut.

3. Attach the rod hardware to the valance mounting board. Use drapery rings to hold the panels in place (fold them as necessary to achieve the desired height). Be sure the drapes aren't too full once they're in place as that will cause the valance to stick out.

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