Window treatment ideas for scarf rings

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Window treatment ideas for scarf rings
Scarf rings are used to hold draping window treatments in place. (anneaux image by Unclesam from

A scarf ring is a simple ring that is slid onto a curtain rod and used to hold draping window treatments in place. The material threaded through the rings is known as a scarf and consists of one long, flowing piece of fabric. Multiple designs can be created by twisting, folding and draping the scarf through the scarf rings.

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Single Drape

The single swag is created by one scarf held in place at the corners of the curtain rod. Place two scarf rings on the rod, one each end. Lay the scarf on a flat surface and fold it into loose lengthwise pleats. Thread each scarf end through a scarf ring pulling the material through until the ends are evenly hanging on each side of the window. Adjust the fabric until its centre lines up with the centre of the window. Pull the folds apart gently to spread the swag material. For a shorter swag, pull more of the scarf's ends through the rings. For a dramatic drape, leave more material hanging between the rings. Try layering two different-coloured scarves of varying lengths to create a more elaborate look. Create an asymmetrical look by pulling one end of the scarf farther through the ring, leaving the opposite end shorter.

Multiple Drape

Create a window treatment with multiple swags by adding more scarf rings to the curtain rod. Add four scarf rings to the rod. Two rings should be positioned close to each end of the rod. Position the next two rings evenly across the rod, dividing it into thirds. Fold the scarf into soft, lengthwise pleats and thread the ends through the two inner rings and pull through until the material is draped as desired. Position the centre of the scarf in the centre of the window. Thread one end of the scarf through each of the outer rings. Pull the material through until these two swags are the same size as the centre swag. Pull the folded, swagged material gently to adjust the width of the draping.

Try sliding the two inner rings closer to the outer rings to create a large centre swag and two smaller side swags. Place more rings on the rod to create additional drapes. Play with the spacing of the rings to create varying lengths of each drape.

Rosette Finish

This style of draping can be used with the single or multiple drape method. The beginning scarf will have to be made longer to account for each rosette. Pull a loop of the scarf where you want it to hang through a scarf ring. Do not pull the material all the way through the ring. Fan out the loop material until it is large and puffed up. Push the centre of the fanned material back through the ring using your finger. Adjust the material of the rosette until it is evenly pleated. Place a clear rubber band around the back side of the rosette to hold it in place. Repeat this process through each ring, adjusting the draping material before you create the rosettes.

Triangle Swag

The triangle swag is a window treatment with shorter ends. Fold a square piece of material diagonally in half to create a triangle. You may want to fold the back side a bit shorter than the front to avoid showing the wrong side of the material. Place two scarf rings on a curtain rod, one at each end. Pull an end of the triangle through each ring. The fold of the material should run horizontally along the curtain rod. Adjust the fabric and rings so the top of the material is slightly draped, with the point of the triangle falling flat in the centre of the window. The ends of the material shouldn't hang past the centre point of the swag.

Napkin Valance

The napkin valance is created by layering decorative napkins across the rod with their ends pulled through scarf rings. This will create a short window treatment. Fold the napkins diagonally in half. Start at one end of the rod. Place two rings on the rod, one near the end. Pull two corners of the napkin through the rings, one corner through each ring so the folded napkin edge is horizontal to the rod. Add another ring to the rod. Pull one corner of a second napkin through the second ring over the material from the first ring. Pull the other corner through the new ring. Continue to pull the napkin corners through the rings, layering the napkins as they are added.

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