I grew up making simple dresses, pj’s, and workout pants in Ohio with my Mama so when I was posed with the challenge of finding a way to make curtains for my new – soon to be converted – campervan, Moon Beam, I watched countless videos on how to do it myself and meshed together various techniques to serve my skill level, time frame, and needs.
Step 1: Select Fabrics
Because I planned to be in a variety of elements and sleep in both rural and urban locations, I wanted to ensure my curtains would block out a good deal of cold air so I selected an ironing board fabric that would: 1) reflect sunlight during the sunny days 2) block the cabin light from the outside so no one would know there is a person inside at night 3) insulate the windows to prevent further chilliness on cold nights.
The inside fabric had already been purchased for a prior project and I thought would make a sparkly fun interior with a feminine touch. Have fun when selecting your fabric! You’ll see it from the inside and want it to make you smile.
Step 2: Create Window Patterns
You can use proper pattern paper or use my newspaper technique. I used magnets to hold the paper against the van then traced the window’s shape with a pen, took inside, cut, then pinned the fabric to the paper and proceeded to cut both fabrics to fit the same shape.
Step 3: Stitch the Fabric
With both of the fabrics correct sides facing outwards, pin them together with the binding and proceed to use a sewing machine to stitch the binding on one side then flip the batting and stitch the other. See this video to see how to properly add the binding.
Step 4: Adhere the Velcro
The final step! Attach the velcro by peeling of the plastic backing, add to the fabric & place a stitch to keep the velcro in place, then place the corresponding side to the metal and stick the fabric pieces to the van! Voila! Curtains!
- 3 yards of silver ironing board fabric
- 3 yards of white linen fabric
- Silver thread
- 12 feet of quilt binding
- 2 feet of industrial Velcro