Make a No Sew Curtain Topper from Repurposed Old Cloth Napkins or Hankerchiefs

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It's easy to create no sew and no problem valances or window toppers to cover up an unsightly top of the window or to enhance a set of lovely blinds. In most cases it requires less than a half hour to make new window toppers.

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You can, if you like, sew them together to make sure that they stay more fully together, but most of the time the fusible webbing that you're going to use will not come apart, even in the washing machine.

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Today fusible webbing is created to be used to permanently hem and can be utilized in place of sewing, in order to provide for the best of all worlds. Homemade goods meets new age technology.

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What you will need to make valances from re-purposed napkins

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    5-8 cloth napkins
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    Fusible webbing or "Stitch Witchery"
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    An iron
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    Curtain rod or decorative rod
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Steps to making homemade valances from re-purposed napkins

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    Depending on which way you'd like to create your valance, iron a crease in the upper two inches of the fabric, either across the point or across a flat side.
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    Using the diagrams, fuse the napkins together, either on the edges or in the points to create a diamond shaped valance.
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    Using the fusible webbing, iron the point down to the back of the fabric or, if creating a valance the long way, iron a seam from the flat side.
    Make sure that you leave a rod pocket which will require at least one inch of fabric in the fold to be left above the fusible webbing area.
    Completed Point to Point Valance
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Sewing a Valance from Napkins or Bandanas

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    The same steps apply for this craft whether you will sew or use fusible webbing to make your own valance from napkins with just a few exceptions.
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    Lay the bandanas or napkins side by side, create a seam and as seen below,give yourself about a half inch seam allowance.
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    Put two napkins with right sides facing.
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    Sew the napkins together on one edge.
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    Taking the third napkin, place it on top of either of the napkins which are sewed together.
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    Continue adding bandanas or napkins until your valance is about two times as wide as the window on which you will use it.
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    Fold over two inches on the top of the valance and iron to get a crease and ensure that the valance material does not slide.
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    Sew across and backstitch to lock into place.
    Flat Curtain Method
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Questions and Answers

How to make fabric napkin valances look good? What enhancements can I add?

Just make sure they match with the curtain and that the curtain adds color to the room. Do a combination of colors such as black & pink or white & gold. This way, it makes a simple decoration look classy and expensive without hurting the pocket.

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What else can old napkins be used for?

You might think old, used napkins are dirty and disgusting. There are actually good ways to recycle them. Wet paper, like your used napkins, can be gathered and used for compost material. They make for great mulch material and will continue to decompose into the soil.

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Is it possible to make curtain valance from bandanas that look good?

Yes, it is possible as long as the bandanas look good to your as far as in quality and color. You can stitch these bandanas up so that hang it up fully so that it is a good length to use as curtains in your home.

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Is it possible to use napkins as full length curtains?

It is possible if you have enough cloth napkins to sew together as a full length curtain. As an alternative, sew them together as a curtain for smaller sized Windows (like what can be found in a bathroom).

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What is the simplest way to sew a drapery topper?

All you have to do is sew the upper edge, enough for it to be able to cling onto the curtain rod. You can just use very simple stitches such as running or back stitches. Once you have done this, you can create different designs by fixing the arrangement of the cloth to make some sort of a sheering. If you clip some of it at some angles, you will be able to make nice designs too.

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