Making RV Window Curtains

Posted by admin on March 4, 2011

Making Wall-Mount Curtains for an RV

Making and sewing wall mounted curtains for an Recreational Vehicle is not very different than sewing curtains for a regular window. The main difference is the method of installation for the RV curtains. Wall mounted curtains for a Recreational Vehicle usually connect to the wall at the top and bottom of the curtain. Curtain Tracks are installed above and below the window. The top and bottom helm of the curtains have a row of Carriers that slide or pop into the tracks. It is preferred to use a sew in vinyl carrier tape on the outside of the curtain helm and then onto the wall mounted track.

Instructions

Measuring the Window:

 

  1. Measure and record the length of the window from the outside edge of the top track to the outside edge of the bottom track. It is not recommended to rely on the size of the window. You are measuring the window and the space surrounding the window frame where the tracks are mounted.
  2. Measure and record the width of the window from one inch outside the left window edge to one inch outside the right window edge.
  3. Add 4 1/2” inches to the window length to determine the modified length of the curtain. This measurement is to allow extra fabric seam allowance for the top and bottom helms and for enclosing the sew in carrier tape.
  4. Multiply the width of the window by two. Divide this measurement by two to determine the width of each panel, because RV curtains generally have two panels that you can open them in the center.

 

Measuring and Cutting the Fabric:

 

  1. Lay the fabric on a table with the back side facing up.
  2. Using chalk, mark two rectangles measuring the modified length (see step 3 Measuring the window)
  3. Cut the two rectangles from the fabric. These are the two curtain panels.

 

Sewing the Curtains:

 

  1. Lay one fabric panel horizontally on the table with the back side facing up. Fold the left edge of the fabric over ¼ inch onto the back side of the fabric, and then fold it over ½ inch and pin the helm. Repeat this procedure for the right edge of the fabric and for the other curtain panel.
  2. Sew the left and right helms using a straight stitch and ½ seam allowance. Repeat for the other panel.
  3. Lay one panel horizontally on the table with the back side facing up. Fold the bottom edge over ¼ inch. Pin the helm. Repeat for the top edge and for the other panel.
  4. Sew the top and bottom helms using a ¼ inch seam allowance and a straight stitch. Remove the pins and repeat steps for the other panel.
  5. Measure and cut two pieces of vinyl carrier tape to the width of the hemmed panel.
  6. Lay the panel onto the table with the back side facing up. Fold the hemmed top edge over 1 inch against the back side of the fabric. Repeat for the bottom panel edge.
  7. Insert the vinyl carrier tape with the snaps facing up beneath the fold of the top edge, aligning the bottom edge of the tape with the bottom edge of the helm. Repeat for the hemmed bottom edge of the panel.
  8. Locate the snap bumps under the folded top curtain edge. Rub the bumps with the chalk to indicate the positioning of each snap. Repeat for the bottom panel edge. Remove the inserted vinyl carrier tape.
  9. Use a fabric hole punch or an eyelet tool to punch holes on the top of each chalk mark. Place fabric horizontally onto the table with the back side facing up. Fold the top and bottom edge over one inch as in step 5.
  10. Insert the vinyl carrier tape with the snaps facing up under the folded top edge. Align the snaps with the holes in the fabric. Pin through the fabric, the vinyl tape and the lower most layer of fabric. Repeat for the bottom panel edge.
  11. Insert a machine needle intended for sewing vinyl. Sew the top edge using a straight stitch and a one inch seam allowance. Verify you are sewing through the bottom edge of the vinyl tape to secure the tape within the fabric fold. Remove the pins and repeat for the bottom panel edge.
  12. Repeat steps 6 thru 11 for the second curtain panel.

 

Inserting the Carriers:

 

1. Lay the finished panels with the back side facing up.

  1. Snap the Carriers to the exposed snaps along the top and bottom edges of the panels.
  2. Insert or snap the Carriers into the Tracks along the top and bottom of the RV window. Some Tracks require an End Cap to be snapped or screwed to the ends of each track to secure the carriers. Arrange as desired.

 

Congratulations, you have now successively made your own custom RV curtains.

4Mar

How to Make RV Front Window Curtains

Posted by admin on March 3, 2011

How to make RV Front Window Curtains

RV furnishings can become boring if they are not updated. Making new curtains can help with the look of your RV. Recreational Vehicle front windows have a Track System for the curtains to mount on. Custom curtains give you a wide range of prints and colors to chose from and can brighten the living area. Custom window treatments give the RV a personalized one of a kind style.

Instructions:

  1. Measure the width of the front window or the track length if it is a wrap around style for the side windows. Place the measuring tape on the top left corner of the window or track and carefully, following any contours, measure to the opposite corner. Record this measurement. Double this number. This is your curtain width.
  2. Measure the height of the front window from the top corner to the bottom corner, or from the upper Curtain Track to the top of the dash. Add 3 inches to this measurement for the top and bottom helms. This is the curtain fabric length.
  3. Cut a piece of fabric that equals the length and width measurements. Multiple panels of fabric may be required to meet the width measurement. If this is required add ½ inch to the width measurement for every panel, thus allowing for ¼ inch seams to join the panels.
  4. Place the curtain fabric on a flat surface with the back side up. Turn the short ends of the fabric to the back side ¼ inch. Press in place and stitch with the sewing machine.
  5. Place the curtain fabric on a table with the back side up and hem the top and bottom edges. Fold the top edge back ½ inch and press in place. Turn another 1 inch and secure with pins. Machine stitch in place. Repeat the same steps for the bottom edge.
  6. Add Grommets to the top edge, (and bottom if required), of the curtain fabric. Start at the left edge about ½ inch from the top. Position a grommet every inch. Make a hole in the center with a Punching Tool from the Grommet Kit. If necessary, add grommets to the bottom of the fabric in the same manner. Line the top and bottom grommets up. The curtain is ready to hang on the existing front window tracking system. Curtain Track, Curtain Sliders, and Curtain Stops can be purchased as required.

 

Tips and Warnings

You can add character and style to the curtains with appliques, tassels, trims and beads. You can make curtain holders secured with Velcro to tie the curtain back when not in use.

Choose fabrics designed withstand lots of sun. These fabrics are fade resistant and the colors will last longer than other types of fabrics.

 

Congratulations, you now have custom one of a kind front window curtains that you can be proud of.

3Mar