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No Sew Valance August 17, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Sustainable Living, Word Play.
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zig1001bBFF and I have been replacing the old vertical blinds and valances on our sliding doors with new easy-to-operate single wand vertical blinds.

As we ejected one ugly balloon valance after another from the villa, I turned my attention to the lone window in my office.

There, above my desk, a hideous valance in mauve and mint mocked me.

“That,” I decided, “must go!”

Using two parts inspiration and one part perspiration, I transformed two zebra striped pillow shams into a valance for the window . . . without sewing a single stitch!

* I laid the shams side by side over the two-inch-wide (talk about overkill!) curtain rod to mark the horizontal mid-point of each sham.

* After unfolding them, I created three “tabs” for the curtain rod to slide through by snipping three sets of parallel slits through the “inside” layer of each sham.

* After threading the industrial size rod through the newly created tabs, I draped the uncut side of the sham in front of the rod, hung it above my desk, and arranged the folds.

I’m delighted with the end result:

The zebra print suits our decor far better than the mauve mint pattern which preceded it, and allowed me to “repurpose” un-used shams.

Fun Fact:  In case you’re wondering, “valence” is also a word, meaning:

the combining power of an atom as shown by the number of its electrons that are lost, gained, or shared in the formation of chemical bonds

What a difference one letter makes, eh?

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What about you?  Any stories to share about reducing, reusing, recycling, or repurposing objects around your home at no or low cost?