What Are Some Easy Directions for Making Window Valance Swags?


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Window valance swags, draped, wound and fastened to a rod over existing drapes or a shade, polish a window treatment with little or no sewing required. Try a scarf valance, a pinned and gathered rectangle valance, or a simple folded drape wrapped over both ends of the rod. The look may be casual, romantic or formal, matching existing drapes or highlighting different patterns or colors in the room's decor.

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For a scarf valance, select a soft fabric that drapes easily. Fold the fabric lengthwise, accordion-style, and find the center. Place the center at the midpoint of the curtain rod, and wind the folded fabric loosely around the rod, allowing it to "sag" into a rounded drape in the center and fall into graceful cascades or fishtails at either end.

Center a lined rectangle of fabric on a rod in front of the curtains, pinning the tops of each corner to the curtain tabs or hems on either side at the wall. Catch a few gathers of the lower valance border on each side with a decorative pin.

Fold a double-sided rectangle of fabric lengthwise, and tuck each end over and behind a decorative rod to form a pleated center swag.

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