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SCARF SWAGS

A scarf swag can look like an elegant, traditional window treatment or contemporary, unstructured look. Scarf swags are suitable for nearly any size or shape of window, including arch windows.

 


YOU WILL NEED

Decorator fabric and contrasting lining

Swag holders or tieback holders

Drapery hooks, one per rosette; or wire

 

HOW TO CALCULATE YARDAGE FOR A SCARF SWAG


Drape cord or tape measure across window, between swag holders or tieback holders, to simulate the planned shape of each swag. Add desired length of cascades to this measurement. For swag with rosettes, add 24” (61 cm) for each rosette.

 

HOW TO SEW A SCARF SWAG


  1. Place outer fabric and lining right sides together. At one selvage, measure in 18” (46 cm) from each end of fabric; draw a line from these pints diagonally to the corners of the opposite selvage. Trim away triangular pieces of fabric at each end.

  2. Stitch around all four sides in œ” (1.3 cm) seam, leaving 12” (30.5 cm) opening at center for turning. Press seams open. Turn right side out; stitch opening closed. Press edges.

 

Fabric with one-way design.


  1. Determine length of one cascade from lower edge up to tieback holder or swag holder; add 1” (2.5 cm) to this measurement. Measure this distance from one end of fabric; cut across width.

  2. Turn fabric so design goes in opposite direction; stitch œ (1.3 cm) seam. Seam will be concealed in rosette.

 

HOW TO SEW A ROD PANEL


  1. Place 2 rod panel pieces right sides together. Stitch around long sides and lower edge in œ (1.3 cm) seam. Clip corners; turn right side out, and press. Fold under Œ “ (6 mm) at upper edge to wrong side; then fold under 1” (2.5 cm). Stitch near second fold, forming rod pocket.

  2. Slide rod pocket over extension of swag holder. Mount bracket onto wall or window frame.

HOW TO FOLD & INSTALL A SCARF SWAG

 

 

 


1.Lay scarf swag on long surface, such as floor, with lining side up. Accordion-fold entire width of swag in about 4” (10 cm) folds, beginning at longer side; both edges must face in same direction (arrows).


2.Tie folded swag with remnants of fabric every 18” to 24” (46 to 61 cm). This keeps folds in place, making swag easier to handle during installation.

 

 

 


3.Place swag over bracket extensions, with shorter side facing down and in toward window. Drape folded swag portion the amount planned. If window treatment is to be symmetrical, check to see that cascade lengths are even. Remove ties


4.Pull gently on lower folds for a deeper swag ; pull gently on upper folds, toward brackets, to decrease amount of draping at top of swag. Adjust folds as desired; secure at brackets, using safety pins

 

 

 


5.Measure down from bracket 24” (61 cm) portion of fabric in half, forming 12” (30.5 cm) loop, with shorter side facing forward; do not twist swag/ Bring fabric though U-portion of bracket, as shown; widen U-portion, if necessary for thickness of fabric. Keep fabric in accordion folds, with shorter side and contrasting folds facing window.

 


6.Adjust rosette portion so cascades are even in length if window treatment is to be symmetrical. Gently squeeze U-portion of bracket closed at he top as much as possible, to prevent rosette from sliding out of bracket during shaping. Secure top of bracket with a piece of wire or a drapery hook

 

 


7.Pull the inside fold in middle of fabric loop, spreading fabric apart


8.Form the rosette by continuing to pull out the fabric folds

 

 

 


9.Tuck top and bottom of rosette back into bracket to round out the rosette, preventing peaks. Secure rosette as necessary with pins


10.Adjust folds of cascades as necessary to achieve desired drape

 


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