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A swag is a semicircular cut of fabric that is draped in soft pleats. It is commonly used with cascades, horns, and tails to create graceful, undulating top treatments.

  • Pleated swags have a tailored, formal look.
  • Shirred swags are more causal and informal.
  • Swags should always be fut on the bias unless working with a strong vertical panel or stripe.
  • Swags should always be self lined or contrast lined.
  • Never topstitch swags. Topstitching impedes the drape of the swag.
  • Never stitch decorative trim through the lining at the swag hem.
  • Placing decorative trim at the hemline of the swag can cause the trim to fold under and become hidden after it is pleated and hung. If possible plot your trim placement after the swag has been draped to show the trim at it's best.
  • Interline or use interfacing on lightweight fabrics to add body and drapability.
  • Test for pattern and color bleed-through in contrast-lined swags. Correct it with blackout of French lining.
  • Use String weight to measure length and drop of swags.
  • Consider the effect that pleating and swagging will have on the pattern of  your fabric and adjust the pattern placement accordingly.
  • Use drapery weights or string weights to control and manipulate the hang of your swags.