How to Sew Swag Valances
Swag valances are décors that may be used to give a window a lift in its appearance like that of a curtain. It is used to compliment or balance out an existing curtain or plain window. Swag valances are easy to make as only a straight line is needed during the sewing process with your creativity as the limit to the design. Anybody who loves decorating will find swag valances very useful design pieces to enhance the look of the window area. Below are the materials that you need along with the instructions on how to sew swag valances.
Step 1 - Determine the Drape on the Swag Valance
Decide on the kind of swag valance you want created, how much you prefer the valance to drape over the window and how long it will fall on each side while hanging.
Step 2 - Swag Valance Length Measurement
The curtain rod should then be measured. Measure also how long the end of the swag valance will hang down. The length measurement should be doubled then the valance material will be purchased.
Step 3 - Swag Valance Width Measurement
Measure the width of the valance material. Measure the top of the curtain to the end point of the window where the swag valance will be placed. Make an allowance of about 6 inches to the measurement taken for the hemming and for the draping allowance.
Step 4 - Choosing the Right Valance Fabric
Select a material for the swag valance that is light and falls fluidly such as silk or soft velvet to get a soft effect on the its draping. It is best to choose also a material that does not tussle easily so that when the hems are sewed, it creates a smooth effect.
Step 5 - Cutting the Material
The fabric is now ready to be cut to the measurements done on steps 1, 2 and 3. Do a test run on the actual draping of the swag valance before sewing the hems to make sure that the material balances well in width and length with the curtain rod. Always give extra amounts of materials in case necessary adjustments need to be made.
Step 6 - Seaming and Ironing the Fabric
The edges of the material for the swag valance should be folded a fourth of an inch then iron it so as to have them laid flat. About 1/8 inch seam should be sewn straight all over he edges. Another fold of about 1/2 inch should be done on the edges and iron again. Take about 1/4 inch from the edge and sew a straight seam all around the edges of the material. Cut out all extra hanging threads.
Step 7 - Putting up the Valance
Drape or hang over the finished swag valance material onto the top of the curtain rod. The center of the valance should hang from over the front of the rod and the ends on both sides be kept in place. Adjust the length of the valance to compliment whole set-up of the window or curtain.