If you are looking for an easy way to dress up your windows or you want something out of the ordinary, scarf valances may be just what you're looking for. A scarf valance can be used with curtains, blinds, shades or used alone to provide a chic look while still allowing plenty of light to enter through the window. You can buy ready-made scarf valances or make them yourself. If you don't know how to sew or you don't own a sewing machine, don't worry. You can still make a scarf valance without touching a needle or thread, as long as you have an iron.
You'll need to install some hardware to support your scarf valance. Look for a decorative curtain rod to hang the valance from. Any type of curtain rod will work but you may want to stick with a wooden curtain rod. This way, you can secure the fabric with thumb tacks if necessary. Wood rods can also give the window treatment a classic, upscale look. Add interest with decorative finials.
An easy way to figure out how much fabric you need is to multiply the width of the window by three. if you have a very large window and you plan on using multiple swags in your scarf valance, add about 10 to 15 inches for each swag.
To hem your fabric without sewing, lay the fabric out on the floor. Fold approximately 1 inch of fabric over and press the seam with an iron. Insert hemming tape into the fold and iron again to secure the hem. Repeat this for each side of the fabric.
For the best results, use a two sided fabric that doesn't have a wrong side that will show when twisting and turning. Silk, satin, chenille or any type of sheer fabric will work well for a scarf valance.