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How to Iron a Sheer Window Scarf

It’s hard to thumb through a house magazine these days and never to find examples of this ever-popular window scarf. Occasionally known as a swag, the long expanse of material draped loosely and elegantly above a rod without gain of drapery hooks never fails to make an impression. While the prospect of ironing a window veil, especially one made of sheer material, might appear daunting, a couple hints make the job more manageable.

Set up a full-size ironing board that has clean covering and cushioning. There should be plenty of room facing the board. If you set up before a sofa, then you will have a wide, clean area to hold the ironed scarf as you operate.

Fold the scarf in half lengthwise if it is broader than the ironing board. The fabric should be barely damp from washing for best results.

Collect the folded scarf on the ground between the ironing board. Use a clean white towel to keep the scarf clean, and the ground or carpet dry.

Set the iron to low or medium heat.

Place one end of the scarf on the plank and then gently flatten it with the palms of your hands.

Test an inconspicuous place to be sure the heat does not melt or soften the fabric. Adjust the setting as necessary. To be sure you don’t damage the cloth, place a white terrycloth towel or a white flannel sheet above the sheer material to soften the heat of the iron.

Press the cloth, keeping the iron going on the surface. Never let the iron sit in one place, which may lead to burning. There is absolutely not any requirement to dry the material completely.

Move the cloth forward and continue pressing the scarf until you arrive at the end. Permit the scarf to gently bend on a towel on the ground or above the sofa.

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