We put a lot of thought into the curtains that we hang in our house. But what about our RV's? They need curtains as well. Hanging curtains takes a little more thought for the windows of the camper since they are much smaller than house windows. You cannot just buy curtains from the store, but you can make your own. A valance typically hangs about halfway down the window, making it a perfect covering for RV windows.
Sew a simple valance to hang in the windows of your RV. Measure the width of the windows. Measure how low you want the valances to hang. Multiply that by the number of windows in the RV to figure out how much fabric you need, but do not forget to add extra to allow for hemming and casing for the curtain rods. Purchase a fabric that coordinates with the décor of the RV.
Add flair to your RV by adding a sculpted valance. Measure the width of the windows. Measure the length of the windows how far you want your sculpted valance to hang down. Cut the valance to the width of the window plus 3 inches to allow for hemming. Fold the fabric into thirds or fourths, depending on the width of the window. Cut a scallop in the fabric. The layering ensures that the scallop will be the same across the entire width of the window.
Valance That Turn Into Shades
You can easily make your valance curtains turn into shades. Measure the width and the length of your windows. Add a few extra inches for the casing to hold the curtain rod. Buy two different coordinating prints for the curtains. Cut out both prints of the fabric to the measurements of the windows, with extra for the casing. Layer the two different prints with right sides together. Sew around the sides and the bottom edge of the curtain. Trim the edges and turn the curtain right side out.
Fold the top edge of the curtain down to make the casing for the curtain rod. The number of inches that you turn the edge down depends on the size of your curtain rod. Pin to hold in place. Sew across the top to make the casing.
About half way down the curtain, sew evenly spaced out buttons. At the bottom of the curtain, sew buttonholes so that they match up with the spacing of the buttons.
Hang the curtains in the RV. When you want privacy, allow the valances to hang down all the way. When you want to let the sun shine in, flip up the bottom of the curtain and button in place.
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