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Message Board > Home Dec. Sewing > fleece as window valances ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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fleece as window valances
what to use as lining?
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Date: 3/7/10 6:11 PM

My daughter picked a fleece that she loved for her window valances. I've never made curtains or valances using fleece. Any suggestions for the best liner for fleece when used as a window valance?
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Date: 3/7/10 6:31 PM

What kind of valance are you talking about? Do you have a picture in mind? Is it a soft cornice or hard cornice? Or something shirred on or stapled on a board, gathers, shaped? I've made alot of window treatments but never thought of making window treatments out of fleece.

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Date: 3/7/10 7:32 PM

I'm just doing a shirred valance on a rod. It's a sort of cowhide looking fleece for her western room. The curtains are a dark brown home dec material with fringe. Will be cute but I've never used fleece for this purpose either.

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Date: 3/7/10 8:26 PM

If you are shirring the fleece on a rod, why do you feel you need a lining? Are you concerned about fading? If not, I would think you could just sew the fringe on the bottom without concern for a hem. Or, you could cut the fringe on the bottom out of the fleece ala the tied fringe blankets that are so popular.

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Date: 3/7/10 10:22 PM

My guess would be regular drapery lining, whatever you use for the drapes, so that it all looks uniform from outside the house. A valance isn't very long, so this should work.

If you're not worried about curb appeal outside, or light shining through it, you really don't need to line it at all.

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Date: 3/7/10 11:40 PM

Thanks for everyone's input. I guess my thought was that lining would create a more professional look. I don't think the fleece would fade from the sunlight but never having used it, I'm not sure. I do want to use regular drapery lining on the dark brown home dec material that will be the curtains so maybe I'll just use it on the valance as well. Just wasn't sure how fleece would do with drapery lining. I've made plenty of curtains but never with a material like fleece. It's a cream color with cowhide like markings in several shades of brown. I'm thinking I'll make a braided rope out of the fleece for tiebacks which should pop against the deep dark brown curtains. I'll try to remember to post how it went when I'm finished. Thanks again!

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Date: 3/8/10 11:31 AM

Your ideas sound great. Your daughter will love her new look!

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