How to Make a Swag Window Valance

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When it comes to window treatments there are very few treatments that are as easy to make as swags. Swag curtains can make a huge statement to the formality of your home. These curtains do require a lot of material, but very little or no sewing, so they are perfect for those with little experience making curtains.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Material
  • Sewing machine and thread (or iron on hem tape)
  • A helper
  • A footstool or chair
  • Stick pens
  • Scissors
  • Decide where you would like for the bottom of your curtains to fall. There are many acceptable lengths for swag curtains. Some swag curtains cover the curtain rod and fall 6 to 12 inches down the window from the end of the rod; other swag curtains cover the curtain rod and then fall to the window sill or all the way to the floor. The length of the "swag tail" should match up with the formality of your home. The longer the tail, the more formal the swag looks.

  • Measure from the curtain rod to the place where you'd like your swag tail to fall. Write this measurement down.

  • Measure the length of you window and add that length to the first measurement.

  • Divide the total by three to give you the amount of yardage you will need for your swag, and purchase that amount of material. If you are planning for a shorter swag you might consider purchasing a twin sized sheet instead of material off the bolt because it may be cheaper.

  • Hem one end of the material with needle and thread or with hemming tape.

  • Hang the curtain by placing the hemmed end of the material where the swag tail should end. Ask your helper to hold the bulk of the material as you stand on a chair or step-ladder and wrap the material behind the curtain rod and drape the rest of the material over. Repeat the wrapping process if you would like more than one swag.

  • Adjust the length of the swag(s) and the folds to the suit your taste.

  • Using stick pins make a temporary hem on the un-hemmed side of the swag tail and gently remove the material from the curtain rod.

  • Hem the second side of the curtain, trimming any unused material.

  • Repeat the hanging process in Steps 6 and 7.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you chose a print fabric that is lighter on one side, you may need to sew two pieces of material together. If you do have to do this, double the amount of material and sew the fabric right sides together as if you were sewing a pillow case, leaving one end open in-case there is any extra material that needs to be trimmed away.

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