The tailored look of men's handkerchiefs can add punch to more than just pockets. Turn a set of new hankies or pristine vintage ones into a valance. With the zigzag stitch, sew handkerchiefs into two strips of seven; place strips side by side along long edges, and sew together. (The valance should be 50 percent wider than the window, so add or subtract hankies accordingly.) Fold resulting rectangle in half lengthwise; stitch horizontally 1 inch down from fold for a curtain-rod channel.
Martha Stewart Living, May 2004