Dish Towel Valance

Dish Towel Valance
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Making a window treatment does not have to be complicated or expensive. Making a dish towel valance is about as simple as it gets! Yes, I said dish towels. This season the stores are loaded with beautiful printed towels. Target has gorgeous grain sack printed towels in a cotton/linen blend, so why not create something beautiful like a valance out of them!

easy dish towel valance

These are the grain sack towels from Target.

I purchased three for this project and 2 for my kitchen (for real towel use!)

grain sack dish towels

Next I removed the old floral valance that hung in my downstairs bathroom. I was never really fond of that print.

We were already updating the board and batten in that bathroom (read about it HERE), so a new valance was a good idea too!

valance close up before

I gave each towel a good press with an iron to get out all wrinkles and simply folded each towel over the bar.

It doesn’t get any easier!

fold towel over bar

This is a picture of the bathroom before.

bathroom with valance before

And here it is now AFTER, all updated with trimmed out board and batten and a grain sack dish towel valance.

Grain Sack Dish Towel Valance

See The Lettered Cottage’s gorgeous photo peeking in the mirror? I’m loving how it all comes together now.

So tell me what you think! Tell me about your simple valance projects you’ve done! I’d love to hear from you!


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  1. Very nice! They are really hanging well. I thought for sure you stitched them together or you were using a 2nd rod at the bottom. I think I need to make a trip to Target now. Thanks for sharing such a simple way to make a big impact!

  2. Very nice, Kim. I like that you didn’t have to sew because I can’t sew!! Love the Target dishcloths, too.


  3. I love it Kim!! I’ve looked in my Target and can’t find those towels, I’m going to ck online. Martina

  4. I saw those towels at Target and loved them! What a clever idea to make them into a valance. It looks great!

    Lori : )
    Thrifty Decor Mom

  5. So cute!

  6. Kim, I LOVE IT! And, wow, as a dish towel freak, I can’t understand how I missed these at Target!


  7. I love love love these dishtowels. I thought they MIGHT be on sale this week since the other stuff is at Target but alas….

    I’m swooming over what you’ve done with them. LOVE IT!

    well done xoxo

  8. Wow! Who knew?! LOVE how it came out & can’t BELIEVE you even thought to use dishtowels!! Sooo creative 🙂

  9. love it looks awesome great job 🙂 come see what I shared at

  10. Kim,
    In my last home, where I had four side by side windows over my sink and counter,I bought Country French cotton napkins at Target and hung them in a V over a wrought iron rod for a valence and had white cotton cafe curtains (that could easily be opened and closed) on the botton iron rod. I got more compliments on those simple window treatment.Tarjay to the rescue again!
    Your valance is adorable and “sew” how your powder room turned out.

  11. What a great idea! Don’t you just love target!! The dish towels are great and make a beautiful valance. The rest of your bathroom is also beautiful. Happy weekend!

  12. What a great idea! I would have never thought about it!

  13. So clever and chic. Your bathroom looks great. I really love the framed fabric (or print?)too. It’s really striking. I just stumbled on your blog via A2D’s Link Party. I’ll be following for sure.

    Have a great weekend.

  14. Looks great with the wall color! I cut and hemmed a Target tablecloth for a valance in an old home…love using fabrics in inventive ways.

    First time visiting. I love your header! Thanks so much for the comment on my ruffle pillow.

  15. Wow, I love the valance! What a fantastic idea! Way to jump out of the box girl! It works so beautiful with the rest of the decor!


  16. The Target towels are the perfect LIFT for your bathroom! Brilliant, my friend!

  17. The Target towels are the perfect LIFT for your bathroom! Brilliant, my friend!

  18. What a lovely room! I have done the same thing using napkins folded diagonally, giving the valance a pointy bottom. Think a trip to Target might be in order this weekend. Great job!

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  20. I really love it! Can’t believe how easy that was! Your bathroom looks beautiful!

  21. I bought those same towels a couple of weeks ago.I came home and hung a black valance and then layered those towels over the valance in my kitchen. The kids and husband thought I had totally lost it! So I freaked when I saw your post. (After a little while of looking at them, the rest of the family loves them now, but they weren’t sure at first!) I totally loved them from the beginning! Love yours too!


  22. they look really crisp and chic! love it!

  23. I love the colors and the idea. If you ever get tired of it, I have a place waiting in my kitchen for it!

  24. Not only is it a great idea, but you’ve made them deeper by hanging the rod higher. I don’t like the skimpy little valances I’m seeing everywhere. Looks great.


  25. I just love how easy this idea is! I have been on the hunt for a valance idea for my kitchen and this is perfect! I had to add it to Simply Cottage Love’s Pinterest Board
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  26. I love how simple this is while still delivering great impact. Love the rest of the bathroom too!

  27. Coincidence…I bought those same towels as they were putting them up at our local Target to do the same thing..looks fab

  28. I bought four of the same towels at my Target. I was thinking of using them as chair back covers. Love the idea!

  29. I never thought to turn dish towels into a valance! What a brilliant idea! I think I’m going to do this in my master bathroom!

  30. I love it! I also love the color of yellow wall. What paint color is it? Thanks

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