Thursday, 28 May 2009

The Easy Elegance of Swags and Scarf Valances

The easiest drape to make and hang is a swag or scarf valance.
It's easy to make, looks elegant, entails less cost and fuss
than other drapery styles, and works in any room.

While tailored, pleated swags are a bit more involved and are
also usually paired with jabots (pleated side pieces), a scarf
valance or swag is quite easy. Simply hang a length of fabric
over a decorative rod or on tie backs or swag holders. Gather the
fabric to create soft folds, pull to make relaxed lines across
the top.

To make a swag or scarf, measure your window's width and add two
times the length you want the swag to hang down the sides. Add an
extra 12"-24" so that you can pull the swag to "sag" in the
center. Hem up each end. Ideally make a seam on each side unless
you have a very finished looking selvage (the sides of fabric
that are tightly woven to prevent unraveling). Done.

You may also want to sew two pieces of contrasting fabric
together so that one shows behind the other when you hang your
swag. Add trim to the inside edge to create more color, texture,
and luxury. Cut the ends at an angle for added flair, especially
as you lightly gather or fold your swag before hanging it. Lace
and voile make beautiful sheer scarf valances.

If you ever need a simply elegant window treatment and lack time
and money, turn to a swag or scarf valance. You can't beat the
simplicity or the rich, soft look.

Julie Lohmeier is the veteran of numerous home remodeling and
building projects. From working hands on and doing much of the
work herself to hiring contractors and construction managers, she
has seen the entire spectrum of home improvement. She shares her
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