While waiting for my cushion zippers to arrive, I started making the camper curtain panels. Two for each bed, two behind the sink, one over the “dining room” window and one over a small window beside the door.
The old curtains that went across the beds had some sort of netted fabric at the top. I’m not sure why… maybe so the air could circulate or so you could see out. I couldn’t find the same kind of netted fabric so I decided to use a piece of screen instead. I’ve sewed with screen before when I made my daughter a dog carrier. It’s really easy to sew.
Bedroom Curtain Panels
I cut a screen piece 13” X the width of the panel. For the top, I cut out a piece of fabric, 5″ X the width of the screen, folded under the top and bottom to form a 2″ header piece . Then I inserted the top of the screen inside 3/8″, stitched it closed and top stitched it 1/4″ from the first stitching. I hemmed the sides of the curtain panel and then stitched the bottom of the screen to the curtain top, and finished it with two rows of top stitching. I then trimmed off the excess screen at the sides. I covered the sides of the screen and header with a 3/4” fabric bias strip and added a second row of stitching. I hemmed the curtain and that was it…I was done, except for adding the grommets to the fabric header. I have to say they turned out really nice. I can’t wait to see them hung!
For the other panels, I hemmed the sides and bottom, and folded the tops to form a 2” header (for the grommets).
Because the fabric is lightweight, I plan to iron on squares of heavy interfacing on the back of the header where each grommet goes. The reason I”m not adding interfacing across the whole header is because I want the fabric to fold when the curtains are pulled open. I found the grommets and tool kit at our local Ace Hardware store. They were a lot cheaper than at Joann’s and contained more pieces per package.
Good news! My idea for hanging the curtains is going to work out great!
As I mentioned in a previous post, the old curtains had the (curtain) bracket clips (white) sewn onto them. This made it difficult to remove the curtains for cleaning and storing. I came up with the idea to apply small Command brand hooks (clear) to the white clips on the curtain brackets and then add grommets to the top of the curtains that would hang on the hooks (3/8” grommets fit the hooks perfectly). I tested this by making the curtain for the small window. I snapped 4 clips with the Command hooks on them onto the curtain bracket and then slipped the curtain grommets over the hooks…perfect! The curtain easily slid open and closed.
I’ll post a picture of how the finished curtains and cushions look once they’re in the camper.
Now, back to sewing more curtains and the last of the cushions!