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How to Make Rosettes in Curtain Scarves

Kathryn Hatter

Because curtain scarves are a no-sew option for embellishing windows, many people opt to use them to add color, texture and interest to a variety of window treatments. With the installation of a few scarf holders, adding a window scarf above a window takes little time but the decorating effect is huge.

Embellish a scarf valance with even more simple sophistication by creating rosettes with the scarves at each top corner of the valance.

  1. Determine the scarf valance length you need to create the valance with the rosettes. Stand at the window (on the stepladder, if necessary) and drape the tape measure over the window in the way you want to place the scarf valance. Do not forget to add the length you wish to extend the scarf down each side of the window. Add 1 foot to the measurement for each rosette you will create. For example, if your valance measurement is 110 inches and you will make two rosettes, the finished measurement will be 134 inches.

  2. Install the rosette scarf hooks at each upper corner of the window. These hooks will serve not only to hold the scarf valance, but also to create the rosettes.

  3. Find the center of the scarf and position the center of the scarf at the center of the window. While holding the center of the scarf at the center of the window, pull the scarf to the right and left toward the rosette scarf hooks at each corner. Drape the scarf over both the left and right scarf hooks temporarily to hold the scarf in place above the window while you make the rosettes.

  4. Insert the scarf through the scarf holder from behind (nearest the window frame) and poke the scarf out through the center of the holder. Pull the scarf out gently from the front of the holder to make small folds in the scarf that will resemble a rosette. Adjust the fabric rosette until you like how it looks. Repeat with the scarf rosette in the other corner with the other scarf holder.

  5. Allow the remaining scarf fabric to hang straight down from the rosettes on the left and right sides of the window.

  6. Step back and look at the window treatment to make sure it is symmetrical. Adjust the scarf valance or the rosettes if they are not even.


Another option is to make contrasting rosettes with separate fabric. Do not add the extra measurement into the valance measurement, but rather cut two separate pieces of fabric each 18 inches long to create rosettes. Place the scarf valance over the window using the same technique; however, instead of pulling the scarf valance through the scarf hooks, fold a short piece of fabric in half and poke the folded edge of the fabric out through the center of the holder from behind. Pull the fabric from the front in the same fashion to create the rosette. Do not pull so much fabric through that you pull the ends of the fabric through the holder; however. Leave the ends concealed on the backside of the scarf holders.