|Swags & Jabots - Yardage Requirements|
Swags are top treatments or valances, used over draperies or blinds or sometimes alone. They are usually draped into soft, graceful folds, using fabrics that drape easily. It is more interesting to use an uneven number of swags. Swags should be lined.
Jabots are folded pieces of fabric that fall from the top of the drapery heading or valance to crate a zig-zag effect. Jabot must be lined with the cover fabric or one that contrasts.
Jabots - Double the longest length, add 4" and divide by 36. This will give you the number of yards needed for a single pair of Jabots.
Swag Width, Board Face & Number of Swags
Swags may vary in width from 20" to over 70". Very small swags will have only a few folds. Extremely wide swags will have a limited drop length. The width of the swag is determined by the board face and the number of swags that will be used on each treatment. The following guide will help determine the number of swags needed based on the board face. The guide is based on the assumption that swag overlap will start approximately 1/2 or less the width
The standard drop lengths of swags are 16", 18" or 20". Usually 6 or 7 folds are placed across the top of a traditional swag with a standard drop. Swags that have shallow drops of 12" will have 3 or 4 folds.
The chart below is an average guide to help you in finding swag drop based on face width.
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