Napkins to Valance

Needed a valance for a curtain that covers a french door in my bedroom but didn't want to commit or pay for a permanent valance.  Decided to purchase napkins in the colors of my bedroom and hung them randomly over the tension rod that holds the curtain.

Liked it so much I decided to continue on to the other window.

This hangs over the window above my bed.  The white curtain below is a Rachel Ashwell pique curtain.  I needed a valance agan, so I bought four Rachel  Ashwell napkins at Target, and a pack of 5 door knobs.

I took the napkins and sewed them together 1/4 of the way down each side. I left the other 3/4 open so they would drape nicely once hung.

I took the door knobs I bought and glude a thumb tack to the back and pressed it into the dry wall.

Took some ribbon I had laying around and sewed it to the napkins where they each met and hung them to the door knob/thumb tack contraption.

And there she hangs.

One more ... this is hanging in the adjoining bathroom and covers a closet.  I took the bi-fold shutter style door down and covered the closet  with a fabric shower curtain hung on a tension rod again. Same napkins as I used in the window over the bed.

Shower curtain wasn't long enough for the opening, so used a table runner across the bottom.

Love the informality and shabbiness of these looks and oh so inexpensive.

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  1. Hi Sylvia..This looks great!

  2. Sylvia, very pretty, I like your creativity and choices of fabric, very chic! Smiles, Marla

  3. I like your fabric choice. Dropping by from BNOTP.


  4. You certainly are clever. I love your choice of fabrics, too. It's all so pretty and unique.

  5. So clever and so pretty! I love it! Thanks so much for sharing in the DIY Project Parade! I love coming over here to see your creativity! :)


  6. Sylivia-The runner across the bottom of the shower curtain was a very clever idea--love the fabrics together!

  7. Great use of pretty napkins, handkerchiefs and scarves!
    Victoria @ DesignTies

  8. Those are a super idea, inexpensive, cute colorful whatever you want it to be. So many nice varieties in napkins too!~ THanks for sharing!

  9. Great job!
    Such a smart idea.


  10. Ver pretty! What creative details; love your valances!

  11. I love the napkin valance,so pretty.


  12. Sylvia, thanks for stopping by. Where are you in Florida? I am in Gainesville. we have a couple of GW that are good sometimes, also a few thrift stores. I also like the gW in Ocala, but I am sure there are better sources in Florida, especially in Jacksonville and Orlando. Happy hunting, Marla

  13. Good eye for fabric Sylvia..your so clever with it.


  14. What a fun idea!!! It looks great

  15. Great idea to hang the curtains from the knobs. I have used curtain finials before but the knobs are a much better option for a smaller space.

  16. Hi Sylvia...

    Ohhh...what great ideas for valances, etc.! I love how all the pretty napkins look as the valance on the french door...sooo pretty! I think that's a great idea...especially since you weren't wanting to commit. And...I just love the that pretty valance that you did behind your bed! What a great idea to glue thumbtacks onto the backs of the little door knobs! I would like to give that a try...adding a valance in my tea rose bedroom! Thank you sooo much...I really do love that idea!!! This was just a great post to share for Sunday Favorites...it definitely deserved a second showing! Thank you!!!

    I also wanted to thank you for all of your sweet notes and well wishes for the Sunday Favorites "One Year" birthday celebration! I feel so honored that you added Happy To Design to your list of blog follows...thank you, Sylvia!

    Have a wonderful day and best wishes on the gift card giveaway!

    Chari @Happy To Design

  17. I love the shower curtain. How shabby and chic!! and very pretty!

  18. What a clever idea. Another use for cloth napkins. Thanks for sharing with us all out here in blogland.

  19. I've always LOVED the mix of fabrics. So feminine and allow you to bring in other hues. LOVE your samples!

    Thanks for linking up to SNS!
    FJ Donna

  20. That is so pretty! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing it with us on Favorite Things Friday!


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