Did you know there is a proper way to fold and hang tie-up valance curtains? Let me show you how with this simple accordion folding method.
Tie-Up Valance Curtains
First, I found these tie-up valance curtains over on Etsy.
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The windows here at our home in Maine are smaller than the average windows, as they were designed to fit an Early American style home.
I wanted a valance that would let the light flow in and still be charming enough for this old home.
When I started to hang them up, I realized that I did not know how to properly hang a tie-up valance curtain. Do you?
So after doing my research, I learned that this accordion-style folding method is both simple and works beautifully on tie-up valance curtains. And I wanted to share it with you here today.
How to Fold and Hang Tie-Up Valance Curtains
Iron the panels including the ribbons that are attached. Don’t skip this step friends, they’ll look so much nicer freshly ironed!
Hang the valance curtain panel onto a curtain rod in your selected window. Our windows, being so small, simply required a small tension rod.
Tie each attached ribbon that comes with your tie-up valance curtains like this. Refer to the full tutorial video for more details.
How high should a tie-up valance hang?
Measure how low you want your valance curtain to fall from the top of the window. An average length is a quarter of the way down the window. Or at the bottom of the top window pane.
Do not knot the ribbon! Just the first fold-over of a knot will due and use the back ribbon to tie forward for a clean look. Refer to the full tutorial video for more details.
Start the accordion fold by folding the bottom of the valance curtain towards the back (or the window side) about 1″ inch, as large as the seem is, or whatever width you would like your folds to be. I folded mine at about 1″, which was also the size of the hem.
Then fold the opposite way and keep folding like a fan upwards until you reach where the ribbons are tied together. Refer to the full tutorial video for more details.
Lay each of the fold’s ends into the ribbon’s pseudo-knots that you created earlier. Then start fluffing and arranging the curtains as you like.
I don’t recommend tieing the ribbons into knots as an FYI, as it will only wrinkle the ribbons more.
You may leave the ribbon hanging as it is too, or tie them into bows from here, which is what I did. I then cut the bow’s length to fit the valance size on each of our windows.
Once you have completed one valance, the rest will take you no time at all.
How do you dress up a window valance?
You can change out the ribbons and ties anytime you like. You can also change the way you tie the ribbons from bows to double bows, or simply let the ribbon hang.
Now our tie-up valance curtains look professionally hung, and I learned something new to share with you here today too!
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Here you can see the valances in our small kitchen windows.
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Rachel Harper says
Great Tips Ann!
Thanks for the tutorial Ann, I’ve been looking for how to do this in an easy way for awhile!
They look so much nicer this way don’t they? So glad you enjoyed it 🙌🏻
These tips are great and I needed them, thanks.
I’m so glad. Thank you Marlene🙌🏻
Kim | Shiplap and Shells says
This is just the cutest idea. They look so perfect in your house Ann.
Thank you Kim🙏
Jennifer Dynys says
I have always loved the look of these shades! I’m looking for new shades for our barn loft, maybe this is my answer! Thanks for the tips!
I’m so glad you like them Jennifer👏🏻👏🏻
Hi Anne, thanks for the info. Thinking of doing this on the casement window over my kitchen sink. What color are the walls & cabinets in your kitchen? I’m doing a total remodel of mine.
Hi Diane. The trim is Nantucket Gray and the walls are Simply White🙌🏻