Window Valance with Beaded Trim

by Diane Henkler on 03/15/2010

Beaded Trim on a Window Treament

Why settle for a plain window valance when with a little extra handy-work you can create a truly unique window treatment with DIY beaded trim.  

A fabric window valance is a very cost effective treatment for a window as it requires only a small bit of fabric.  The most expensive part of creating this valance for me was the cost of the pattern.  I used a M’Fay pattern. You can find it on their website, it is called – Empire On a Rod.  I found the fabric in the $1.oo a yard bins at my local fabric store, the rod at a yard sale.  I white washed it with watered down paint.  I have a stash of beads that I picked up inexpensively at flea markets over the years.  I spent about $7.00 on the materials and about $10.00 on the pattern.

After sewing the valance, I added the beaded trim and then simply stapled the whole thing onto the wooden rod.  If you find it gets heavy and the rod rolls around in the rod holders, place some Velcro in the rod holders and the opposite side of the Velcro onto the area where the rod covered with fabric meets the holder to keep it from rolling.  You may not run into this problem depending on what kind of window treatment you sew the beaded trim on.

Beaded Trim on Window Valance
The trim is basically a long strand of beads, like a necklace that I sewed onto the edge.  I made this valance, but you can add the beaded trim to a store bought window treatment, too.



To make the trim:

1. Measure the length of the finished edge on the window treatment.

2.  Cut a piece of clear nylon thread or Streen (fishing line) to edge measurement, plus about 6″ extra.

3.  Knot one end of thread and string beads on until you reach the desired length.  Knot other end. 

4.  Starting at one end the window treatment edge, hand-sew on the strand onto the edge.  Bring the needle up between each bead and back down into the fabric. ( This is a good project to do while watching television.)

5.  When you reach the end, create a few locking stitches and knot.  Cut excess. 

How to Sew-beads-on-window valance

Window Treatment with Beads as trim

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You may remember this photo from my Kitchen cabinet post.  You can see the valance over the sink.

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Carmie of the Single Nester March 16, 2010 at 6:28 pm

This looks lovely. I love the beaded trim!


2 Veronica March 16, 2010 at 6:57 pm

I like this idea. Looks great.


3 Kristin Kneupper March 16, 2010 at 10:39 pm

Love! It’s like jewelry for valances. Brilliant!


4 Cyndi March 18, 2010 at 8:41 am

Great idea. Love your kitchen. I’m definitely a bold color person but when I see a neutral room like your kitchen, I truly love it and think I might want to try something similar. Great job with the trim.


5 Tina @ Enchanted Rose Studio March 18, 2010 at 1:37 pm

The beaded trim looks fabulous! Love the tutorial and the illustration! Very clever idea!



6 Kat March 18, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Love the extra detail it adds. Beautiful kitchen too!


7 Kelley March 18, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Beautiful! Never can have too much “bling”… this looks great.


8 Diane @ InMyOwnStyle March 18, 2010 at 7:50 pm

Krlley – Your comment would have made a great title for the post.


9 Jessica Hills March 18, 2010 at 10:58 pm

I love that! So pretty! Come stop by my Favorite Things Friday Party if you would like to join in!


10 Jerri March 19, 2010 at 12:42 am

This looks nice! Very creative!

i came by to let you know that I’m featuring your designer giftbag idea for this week’s Friday Favorites. Come by and get a Featured button if you’d like.


11 Erin Delaney March 25, 2010 at 7:52 am

“Purple” makes me happy. Especially when it is vibrant. You have such great ideas and ways to display your items. I truly look forward to my updates from you. Happy Easter….


12 blueviolet April 9, 2010 at 3:31 pm

cute! i’m going to try making my own version in black & white! thanks for the idea!


13 Paul Preston April 13, 2010 at 2:35 am

Thank you for these tips, they are amazing! I moved into a new home and was looking for tips on how to make sure I do my own window treatment well. I got similar tips from so it might be helpful to others. Once again, thanks for these tips!


14 Shaunna July 24, 2010 at 8:53 am

so pretty! What a small way to add some pizazz! Thanks so much for linking up to Style Feature Saturday! -shaunna :)


15 Lamb March 7, 2011 at 3:38 pm

What a sweet way to spruce up a plain valance! I’m tempted to try this, though I’m not particularly crafty (and I have many, many valances!) Perhaps I can convince hubby to do this :)


16 Diane March 7, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Hi Lamb-

If you can convince your hubby to hand sew beads onto one of your valances – you have a KEEPER!! Send him my way, please. :)


17 breanna October 17, 2011 at 4:16 pm

very pretty! would be so fun with holiday colors!


18 julie happe June 15, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Gorgeous! How did you gather the material for the valence once you attached the beads?


19 Diane June 15, 2012 at 4:27 pm

HI Julie – I made the valance first, then added the beads. It was a M’Fay pattern that I used. I made it a long time ago, but they still make it. They are not easy patterns to use. If you look at the pattern on their website -I didn’t add the rosettes –


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