Thursday, April 9, 2009

Queen Anne Valances

Queen Anne Valances are made with a scallop bottom edge and Pinch Pleated top. Buckram is used in the pleated header to give the needed stiffness to the top edge. I gave this one above a little added detail with a contrast top edge. The trim added at the bottom edge is a really nice way to finish the hem.
This Queen Anne has, instead of fringe, a piped bottom edge. I also did a covered button at each of the pleats. This, when done in the same fabric as the valance is a subtle but pronounced detail.

On this valance the client chose to keep it as simple as possible..with no edging or buttons. The fabric has a fringe detail in the print.

This plaid Queen Anne is dressed up a bit with addition of fringe at the hem. It gives it a touch of formality and keeps it from being too "country".

This Queen Anne was a fun project. It was made for a child's room in a sea scene fabric with a yellow pom-pom fringe.

I made these lovely Queen Anne valances for a kitchen. The client wanted a finished edge without the dressiness of fringe or the bulk of piping. They were finished with a bias cut flat flange edge in the same fabric as the valance itself.

The buttons at the pleats were also covered in the same fabric.

Queen Anne valances can be formal or casual depending on the fabric and trim you choose. They can be mounted on a simple rod or a board with screw eyes attached to hold the pins inserted in the pleats. It's important to measure for exact width and return so the valance can be mounted so there are no gaps and the valance hangs straight.


  1. Diann, you do such lovely work!

  2. Hi,

    I am trying to figure out how to make the queen anne and how it is mounted to the board. I do know how to make a kick pleat valance and thought I may try this...any suggestions?