How to Do Sconces & Scarves Window Treatments

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A sconce and scarf window treatment can dress up an unadorned window or add a bit of interest and zest to a plain curtained window. The drape of the scarf adds a touch of elegance to both large and small windows. Choose a fabric with a nice amount of drape for scarf. Test the drape of the fabric by wrapping it around your waist. If it flows nicely down your hips and thighs, it has drape. If it sticks out or doesn't fit your shape, it's too stiff to use as a scarf.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Window scarf or fabric for the scarf
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins (optional)
  • Matching thread (optional)
  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • 2 sconces
  • Pencil
  • Level
  • Drill and drill bit
  • Screwdriver
  • Mounting screws

Make and Fold the Scarf

  • Measure the width of the window from outside of the frame. Measure the height from the top of the outside of the window frame to the floor.

  • Cut the fabric so that it measures 24 inches wide, and as long as the width of the window plus twice the window's height plus 6 inches. For example, if the window is 45 inches wide and 88 inches high, the fabric should measure 24 inches by 227 inches. Skip this step if you are using a premade scarf.

  • Fold the 24-inch sides of the fabric over 1/4 inch, then over 1/2 inch and pin. Sew along the edge to hem.

  • Fold the long sides of the fabric over 1/4 inch, then over 1/2 inch and pin. Sew along the edge.

  • Stretch the fabric out and begin folding it lengthwise into accordion pleats. If you are using a premade scarf, it may come already folded into pleats.

  • Find the center of the folded scarf or fabric. Measure half the width of the window, plus 3 inches away from the center on each side. For example, if your window is 45 inches wide, measure 25 1/2 inches away from the center on both sides. Push a pin through the fabric at the measured spot.

Hang the Sconces

  • Position the sconces on the wall next to the window frame. Use the measuring tape and level to make sure they are evenly spaced and level on both sides. Mark where the top of each sconce is on the wall with your pencil.

  • Drill a hole into the wall for each screw. Measure the distance from the top of the sconce to the screw hole on the back, then measure the distance from the pencil line on the wall to the where you will drill. Attach the screws to the wall.

  • Mount the sconces to the screws. Check to make sure they are even and straight.

  • Thread the fabric scarf through the holes in the sconces. You want the pinned spot on each side of the scarf to rest in the hole on each sconce. Remove the pins.

  • Pull on the pleats in the center of the scarf so that it forms a pleasing drape in the middle of the window. Straighten the sides of the scarf so that they hang neatly. Pull on the sides of the scarf if the center portion is hanging too low.

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