Fabric Forms for Scarf Valances

Light and absolute or stately and fluid, scarf valances add decorative flair to your windows. You can create your own valance from a 6- to 8-yard period of material. If the cloth is non-raveling, simply cut a straight edge at the narrow ends. Otherwise, sew narrow hems or trim with pinking shears to prevent raveling. Many lightweight fabrics arrive in artificial or natural-fiber versions, offering a range of price points and care choices for the look you want.

Light and Sheer

Sheer fabrics allow light to pass through and soften the look of your window treatment. Organza and chiffon are the most popular sheers for window scarves and match almost any style window or room. Lightweight gauze is casual and beachy, evoking the sense of a seaside cottage. Cotton voile in a delicate floral print complements shabby-chic style decor; delicate lace yardage is an alternative for feminine decor styles.

Opaque and one of a kind

Elegant wool challis, frequently used in fine men’s suits, lends a stately effect for formal rooms. Charmeuse, crepe and destroyed velvets feel wealthy and luxurious, whilst batiste and chambray suit casual, country styles. If you want a bold, boho or ethnic-fusion look, try silk sari cloth or rayon challis in bright colors and ethnic-style prints.

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