How to Make Your Own Swag Curtains

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You'll need a drill to install your curtain rod.
You'll need a drill to install your curtain rod. (Image: Powerful electric drill on a white background image by terex from Fotolia.com)

Swag curtains form a soft frame around a window without actually covering it, making it an ideal window treatment for a window already covered by shutters or blinds. Since this type of window dressing is created by draping a long length of fabric over a curtain rod, or through a line of several large, decorative rings, it is a project even someone with limited sewing skills can complete in an evening.

Things You'll Need

  • Curtain rod or large, decorative rings with hardware
  • Scissors
  • Power drill
  • String
  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric
  • Fabric scissors
  • Iron
  • Needle and thread
  • Pins

Mount large decorate rings or the rod over the windows, using the included hardware and a power drill. Loop your string around the pole or rings, using the same path you would for your swag curtains. Cut the string when you are satisfied with its arrangement, using scissors.

Measure the string with a measuring tape, adding several inches on each side to account for any errors. Cut the fabric to this length, using fabric scissors.

Pin down the two short ends of the length of fabric, creating a hem, and iron. Sew a straight stitch down each end with a needle and thread, removing pins as you go along.

Fold the fabric into itself, hiding both unfinished ends. Drape over the curtain rod or through the decorative rings, forming swooping shapes above the window called swags. Allow the ends of the curtain to "puddle" on the floor.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your swags don't have a full enough shape, plump with shopping bags, hiding the bags inside the folds of the swags.
  • For a no-sew version of this curtain, hem the ends of the fabric with an iron-on hem tape. Place the tape underneath the seam and iron to activate the adhesive.

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