How to make curtains for a vintage camper

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How to make curtains for a vintage camper
Curtains add a custom-made personal touch to your vintage camper. (Curtain. image by Victor Samoilovich from

Curtains add a much-needed touch of homeliness to your vintage camper. Along with the coziness, they provide privacy from nearby campers and function as insulation on colder days. You can choose the appropriate vintage pattern to match the colours and motifs in your vintage camper. Curtains can really complete the "look" of your camper and give it a finished feeling. These curtains can also be a wonderful gift for vintage camper enthusiasts.

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Things you need

  • 1 Large sheet of tracing paper
  • Pencil
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • 1 metre (1 yard) of fabric
  • Tailor's chalk or fabric marker
  • Needle and thread or sewing machine

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    Take measurements

  1. 1

    Tape a large sheet of tracing paper to the window you will use for your curtain.

  2. 2

    Trace the shape of the window with the pencil. Camper windows are smaller than normal windows, and some vintage camper windows are slightly curved. Notice this when tracing the shape of the windows onto the paper.

  3. 3

    Cut out the shape of the window from the tracing paper, so that the cut-out piece is the same shape and size as your window.

  4. 4

    Choose a fabric for your curtains. You can incorporate vintage motifs (paisley, for example) into the fabric you choose or you can use the colour scheme of your vintage camper as an inspiration for your fabric choice.

  5. 5

    Place the tracing paper shape onto the fabric. Trace around the shape onto the fabric using your fabric marker or tailor's chalk. Leave an extra 2.5 cm (1 inch) allowance around the tracing paper. With this extra allowance, we will create a seam.

    Curtain loops

  1. 1

    Cut several pieces of fabric, each 15 cm by 25 cm (6 inches by 10 inches). These will form the loops that will hold the curtain on the curtain rod. The number of pieces is up to you. A good rule of thumb is to add a loop every 10 to 12.5 cm (4 to 5 inches) at the top edge of the curtain.

  2. 2

    Sew a 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) seam on both narrow ends of the rectangular loop pieces. Fold each rectangular piece lengthwise, with the wrong side facing you.

  3. 3

    Sew the rectangle closed, from top to bottom. You should now have a narrow piece, which forms a hollow "tube" shape when opened. Turn the rectangular piece right-side out.

  4. 4

    Repeat these steps to finish the number of loops you wish to attach to your curtain.

    Sew the curtain

  1. 1

    Sew a 2.5 cm (1 inch) seam around the edge of the curtain fabric. The wrong side should face you as you sew.

  2. 2

    Sew and attach the desired number of loops to the top of the curtain. The wrong side of the fabric should face you as you sew on the loops.

  3. 3

    Thread the loops onto the curtain rod above your vintage camper window.

  4. 4

    Secure the curtain rod to the window frame.

Tips and warnings

  • If your vintage camper window is curved, curve the curtain rod as well, in order to accommodate a non-angular curtain.
  • Use a fabric that will be utilitarian as well as pretty. If the fabric is too sheer, neighbours will be able to see through it. If it is too heavy, no air will get into the vintage camper when the window is open.
  • Use caution when removing the curtain rod from the window, as the installation may be quite old in a vintage camper.
  • Keep children away from small sewing accessories and sharp objects while sewing.

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