How to Make a Custom RV Curtain for your Holiday Trailer
Our RV has this little divider curtain that hangs securely from the actual ceiling and separates the back bedroom from the main living area. It’s a great idea but the original curtain was made out of a camouflage patterned material. I decided to use the portion I loved from the original curtain and update the RV curtain into something to match the newly redone valances. You can see how I redid the RVs valances.
The top of the original curtain is designed to hang from the little ceiling rod which I thought was perfectly designed. I have never seen anything like it so I kept the original webbing. To remove it just use a stitch ripper and pick out the original stitches. Soak it in hot sudsy water (I used Dawn and vinegar). Then I rinsed it and hung it to dry, it came out perfectly, nothing unraveled at all.
To keep the costs down instead of making the entire curtain out of the valance material I used a very inexpensive Vivan curtain from IKEA, and added a skirt using a leftover piece of fabric from the RV valances. I like how it makes the trailer decor cohesive.
Sewing a New RV Curtain
You will need:
One Vivan Curtain from Ikea or other inexpensive full-length curtain.
Coordinating fabric (60″ by 24″)
Velcro, and thread.
Gather the bottom hem of the Vivan curtain (57 inches wide) so that it matches the width of the mesh hanger of your original RV curtain, my RV curtain top is 55 inches.
Pin the original mesh hanger to the bottom hem of the curtain. Make sure to pin the bottom of the mesh in a straight line.
Using a zig-zag stitch slowly sew the mesh to the curtain. Attach the edge of the mesh to the bottom of the hem. Then repeat the process by sewing the top edge of the Vivan curtain to the mesh as well.
Create a large section of the coordinating fabric to act as a skirt on your curtain. My leftover fabric material allowed me to have a skirt 18 inches high. I cut my fabric 59 inches wide and 23 inches high to leave room for hems and seam allowances.
Starting at one end, fold over the edge at one inch. Roll over again and press creating a seam. Pin in place. Repeat at the other end. Sew the two ends and remove the pins.
For the top edge, fold your fabric edge over one inch, then repeat again. Pin in place. You will sew it later.
To the bottom hem. Fold the bottom edge over at one inch then roll again at two inches, creating a two-inch seam. Press well and sew along the edge. Sew in place. The one inch top hem will be sewn to the curtain. The two-inch hem will become the heavier bottom hem once your curtain is hung in the RV.
Measure the height of your curtain from the ceiling to the floor. Subtract 18 inches for the skirt, then add one inch for the overlap of hems and two inches for the seam on the bottom of the curtain. Cut your curtain to length.
Overlap the top 1-inch hem on your coordinating fabric with the 1-inch hem on the curtain material. Sew together.
Add the hooks back to the top of the curtain.
Slide the curtain back on the existing rod.
Sew a Tie Back with Coordinating Fabric.
Cut a piece of fabric 12″ long by 6″ wide. Fold the outer edges over 1/2 inch and press. Then fold the two edges over again to meet in the middle. Sew both edges. Fold the ends over and sew in place. Add velcro to the ends.
This week I have been a bit quieter on the blog, I have scrubbed all the walls, removed some wallpaper strips, made a headboard, and redid the bench seating. Hubs washed the outside, added a lock to the hitch and figured out some of the functioning systems.
I have to recover the couch, make a shower curtain, and so some organizing but the end is in sight.