start with a tension rod, or installed curtain rod on your window. after that, simply layer the different runners, towels & hankies until you love the look. i hung them with an even length on both sides of the curtain rod so they would look just as cute outside as they do inside. here are some tips for making them just right...
* some of the hankies were a little too translucent when the sun shined through so i added a white cotton backing to them with heat n bond. you can follow the directions on included with the product...no sewing needed!
* some of the runners were too long when hung over the curtain rod. for those, i just folded them in half with the right sides together and made a seam where i wanted the middle of the runner to hang, cut off the excess and press the seam open. you can use a machine or do this by hand.
* after i had them all in place i did put a few "tack" stitches in to hold them on the curtain rod so they wouldn't slide off one side or the other. i did this by hand with a needle and thread and placed a stitch in about 4 different places to hold all of the runners/hankies down and tied it off in the back.
hope you like the valance as much as i do. this is just one more project that shows my "old soul" and love for vintage embroidery!