How to Make Drapes for an RV

How to Make Drapes for an RV
Most RVs have windows where drapes can be utilized to maintain privacy and give the inside a touch of style. Since RV windows come in various odd sizes, purchasing custom draperies can be expensive and time-consuming. Making your own RV drapes is an economical route to getting exactly what you want, as soon as you want it. With a sewing machine and basic sewing skills, you will have your new RV drapes sewn in no time. The pattern for making a simple curtain is relatively easy, so even a novice seamstress will have success.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Measuring tape
  • Calculator
  • Chalk
  • Sewing machine
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Thread
  • Iron
Step 1
Measure the width of the window. Divide that figure by 1/3 and add that number to the original width measurement, to allow for fullness to the drapes. For example, if the measurement were 25 inches, you would add an additional 8 inches, ending with a figure of 33 inches. Add an additional 4 inches to that figure for seam allowances. Your final width measurement is 37 inches.
Step 2
Divide the width measurement in half, to get the correct width measurement for your two drapery panels. For example, a width measurement of 37 inches, divided in half, produces two curtain panels 18 1/2 inches wide each.
Step 3
Measure the length of the window and add an additional 6 inches to that measurement to allow for the rod opening and hem. For example, if the window measures 24 inches long, add an additional 6 inches and you end up with 30 inches.
Step 4
Mark your fabric with the width and length measurements for your drapes, so you have a pattern to follow when cutting out the panels. Cut out two panels for each RV window with the correct measurements.
Step 5
Turn all edges of each panel toward the inside of the fabric 1/4 inch. Sew a seam around all edges to finish it so it will not unravel. Fold the sewn edges over another ¾ inch and sew the seam down again to complete each side of the panel.
Step 6
Fold 3 inches of the top edge of the panel toward the inside and pin in place. Sew a seam 1/2 inch from the edge, across the whole top of the panel to create the casing for the drapery's rod.
Step 7
Fold the bottom edge of the drapery panel toward the inside 1 inch, to create the hem. Pin in place. Sew a seam across the edge to attach it in place and finish the hem. Continue these steps until all panels are complete.
Step 8
Iron the seams down and remove any wrinkles in the draperies to give them a finished look. Hang as usual.

Tips & Warnings

Since RVs can become dusty rather easily, select a fabric that is durable and easy to maintain and wash.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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