How to Hang a Sheer Scarf Swag


A long sheer scarf or length of light sheer material is an instant swag to cap a window. Use the filmy drape of fabric to hide an ugly curtain rod, "finish" a window with a shade or blind, give some depth to a set of sheer curtains, and add color or pattern to a room.

Kitchen Kitsch

Create a great look for southern windows or a kitchen with wood slat blinds.

  • Affix a medium-circumference bamboo pole above the double kitchen windows over the sink.
  • Hem a length of double-sided sheer scarf material -- a tropical pattern with lots of greenery or banana leaves goes well with the bamboo -- 6 feet longer than the width of the windows
  • Gather the scarf into long accordion folds and fold the material in half along the width.
  • Drape the scarf over the bamboo curtain rod at the midpoint of the window. One-half will be in front of the pole and one-half will be behind the pole.
  • Keeping the accordion pleats in place, allow the fabric to curve or sag as you fold the scarf over the ends of the pole at either side, back-to front.
  • Ease the accordion folds so they are looser in the double drape across the window and mask the ends of the pole in easy gathers.

Pooled Swag

  1. Install decorative scarf hooks 2 or 3 inches outside the window frame at the top sides of the frame.
  2. Measure the distance from the floor to one hook, across the window and down the other side to the windowsill.
  3. Add 3 feet to that length and purchase or stitch together a length of scarf fabric to match your measurement.
  4. Accordion-pleat the scarf fabric like a fan, and, starting at the windowsill, stretch the fabric up to the first scarf hook and wrap the fabric around it.
  5. Ease the pleated scarf over the top of the window to the opposite scarf hook, allowing the fabric to sag or drape dramatically in the middle.
  6. Wrap the pleated fabric around the second scarf hook, and arrange the scarf to loosen the sides and ease the center drape. The long side should fall in an elegant column and pool on the floor. 

Triple Curve

On an extra curtain rod installed several inches in front of the main rod, a sheer scarf swag doubles the gauzy fairy tale window treatment.

  • Accordion-pleat a long sheer scarf swag lengthwise; find the mid-point, and arrange the scarf in a very deep single drape across the window, folding each end back-to-front over the ends of the swag rod.
  • Take the mid-point of the still-pleated scarf and gently pull it up over the swag rod, so the center section of the scarf hangs over the front of the rod.
  • Gently loosen the pleats to make a rounded center drape and two identical rounded "book-end" drapes just behind it, on either side.
  • Fluff out the gathered hanging columns of sheer material so they are slightly separate from the open-and-close sheer curtain behind the swag.

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