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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Third Great Way to Hang Your Scarf Swag Curtains

The Third Great Way to Hang Your Scarf Swag Curtains

This scarf swag does not hang from a curtain rod. It hangs from metal swag holders. This allows us to add some extra features to our finished scarf swag.

These swag holders allow us to create the rosettes on both sides of the swag.

You will need to measure how much fabric to allow for creating your scarf.

So install your swag holders in place over your window. Then measure the distance between them. Then the distance down each side that you want the scarf swag to hang.

 Then add these two measurements together and add extra for the fabric needed to create each rosette.  This is an extra 16 inches for each rosette.

Next you need to start by hemming your piece of fabric. For this fabric I used hemming tape, the kind that fixes in place using a hot steam iron.

 Then as before you will need to pleat your scarf swag with five pleats as in the picture here.

Fold your scarf back and forwards to create the usual five pleats. The beginning and end of the fabric should fold back in the same direction.

To start hanging this style of scarf swag. Place the scarf over one of the swag holder. Allow the fabric to hang down the side as far as you want it to.

 Then hang the other end of the scarf over the other swag holder. You should end up with something looking like the picture to the right here.

 The next step is to create your rosettes. This is done by pulling the pleated fabric through the front to the swag holder as in the picture to the right here.

This can take a bit of effort depending on how thick your fabric is. I would recommend you use thinner fabrics or sheers for this kind of scarf swag.

When you have something that looks like the picture her.

 Then repeat this for the other swag holder. Now you are ready for dressing your main swag in to shape.

Start by pulling the fabric you have hanging through the front of the swag holders.

 You only want to pull it a little. You need to find the bit of fabric that makes the top two or three pleats move up as you pull.

If you repeat this on both sides of the swag, you will see the upper pleats rise upwards into the shape you can see in the picture above.

The next step is to dress the fabric in your rosettes. All you need to do is to spread out the pleats in the fabric. Then puff up the fabric a little to get the look you want.

 Repeat this process for both sides.

You should now have something that resembles the picture here.

 Once you have the rosettes dressed as you want. You may need to redo the dressing on the main swag. Teasing the top pleats up a little and teasing the bottom pleats down a little to get the swag shape you want.

You will almost certainly need to make some adjustment to the scarf hanging down the sides.

 You need to try and get the pleats to turn more to the front. I do this by grabbing hold of the pleats at the top and twisting them to the front. You may need to do this a couple of time to get it all hanging as you want. This is not an exact science and some fabrics seem to drape easier than others.

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