Different Ways to Hang Scarfs Over Window Blinds

Updated February 21, 2017

Scarves can be used in place of curtains or draperies on windows adorned with window blinds. They allow a creative enhancement to the window and room that doesn't require sewing expertise or a great expense. Consider trying out one or more options when contemplating a change in window treatments. They may just provide the new look you've been hoping for.


Drape a scarf that is at least several inches longer than the width of your window across a simple curtain or tension rod hung on the top casing. You may wind the scarf around the rod or drape it simply, using the rod as its resting point. If you want a scarf to hang a certain way, purchase decorative crystals at your local craft supply store. They will be found in the jewellery-making aisle. Affix crystals, using heavy thread and a couple of simple stitches, on the places you'd like to hang. Pin the scarf from behind. If the wind blows and moves the crystals, the scarf could blow down. Simply pinning it together where it is draped, from back to front, will alleviate this potential problem.

Tiebacks & Holdbacks

Use tiebacks on either side of your window. Wind the scarf through the tiebacks on each side and allow the ends to hang down. You will want a scarf that is about 3 feet or more longer than the width of your window to successfully achieve this look.

Use scroll holdbacks--often referred to as scarf hooks or corbels, pushpin holdbacks or mushroom holdbacks, which are made of wood and extend from the window casing far enough to allow part of the scarf to be wrapped around them. These options should be placed on the outer corners at the top of the window casing.

Valance creators are a series of three brackets used for strategically draping the scarf across the window top. Two of these brackets are affixed to either end of the top of the window casing, with the third piece affixed directly in the middle.

Starch & Pin

Hang a simple curtain rod across the top of each window. Buy two scarfs--one in a print and one in a solid colour that complements the printed one. Fold, iron and starch the solid-colour scarf. Fold the scarf into a rectangle and drape it over the rod, extending 1 foot or more down onto the face of the window. Fold, iron and starch the printed scarf. Fold this into a triangle. Drape the triangle over the rectangle, with the point extending down onto the rectangle. Pin together from the back to ascertain stability.

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Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, N.H. She has authored five books and hundreds of articles and short stories. Her work has appeared various publications, including "Parenting," "Writer’s Digest," "Vacations" and "Discovery Travel." She studied at the University of Maine and later pursued her writing studies through numerous classes and workshops.