How to make rosettes for curtains

Updated April 17, 2017

Rosettes are decorative jewels that may be added to curtains, valances, tie backs and bed drapes. They are typically used in multilayered window treatments and are often paired with swag or scarf valances. They can be shaped like a knotted bow or a fan. The fan-shaped rosettes are accomplished as part of a scarf valance and require tulip swag holders. The knotted rosettes are attached to any pole holder hardware. A no sew option is provided for each example.

Drape the measuring tape loosely across your window and down each side to determine how much fabric length you'll need for the swag and rosettes on the sides. There are no hard and fast rules about how far down the sides of the window your scarf should go. Measure the fabric and add one inch for the hem and 36 inches to create the rosettes. Add these numbers to find the length of fabric you'll need to purchase. A light to medium woven fabric will work best in a cotton or cotton blend.

Make a small hem on the ends of your material with a straight stitch on your sewing machine. No sew option: iron Dritz's Stitch Witchery to create a hem that won't ravel. The salvage edges on the sides of the fabric will work well as a hem with no need to sew or fold them under.

Use a safety pin to mark the middle of the fabric and a chalk mark to note the middle of the valance pole. Drape the fabric, matching the middle of the pole and the fabric. Remember to pull the fabric in the middle to hang down in a smile-shaped curve. Check to see that the scarf ends at the same point on both sides of the window.

Open the tulip swag holder grips. Pull 18 inches of fabric through each tulip holder to create the fan loops.

Close the grips and pull the fabric up and fan it up and out into soft rosettes.

Use lightweight fabric, such as lace or voiles, and cut two lengths about 24 to 36 inches long and 6 inches wide. Experiment with a scrap of fabric first to determine how fill you want your rosettes.

Hem all the raw edges with either a ¼-inch hem using a straight stitch on a sewing machine. For the no sew option, iron a ¼-inch hem all the way around the fabric and place Stitch Witchery between the hem and the back of the fabric. Use a cool setting on your iron to secure the edges.

Tie a loose knot in the middle of one fabric strip. Gently tie the ends of the same piece together and then pull the ends up to meet the knot in the middle. Shape the rosette by fluffing the different sides of the knots to create the rosette. The ends of the fabric are used to tie the rosette onto the pole holders. Tuck in any fabric ends that may peek out. Repeat for the other side of the window.


You may want to cut the ends of the scarf diagonally for the bottom 12 to 18 inches so the scarf will have a graceful taper on each side of the window. Add another tulip swag holder in the middle of windows that are wider than 50 inches. If your window is narrow and you're using 54-inch-wide fabric, you may want to cut the fabric down to a 45-inch width.


Avoid heavy or stiff fabrics which won't drape well. Stretchy knit fabrics may lose their shape over time, so it's best to avoid them for both treatments.

Things You'll Need

  • Tulip swag holders
  • Poles
  • Pole holders
  • Soft measuring tape
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine or Dritz's Stitch Witchery
  • Iron
Cite this Article A tool to create a citation to reference this article Cite this Article

About the Author

Clare Bills is a writer, speaker and artist living in Ames, Iowa. She holds three Bachelor of Arts degrees, as well as a Master of Science in journalism/public relations. Bills worked in public relations for more than 15 years and now writes for several magazines and online sites. She is also the author of a foodblog: Nana Clare's Kitchen.