How to make your own VW van curtains

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How to make your own VW van curtains
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Spruce up your VW van by sewing a new set of curtains for its windows. You make curtains for Volkswagen windows the same way you would make curtains for windows in a house, except you need to make the curtains fit the van's windows, including the front windshield and the back window. Depending on the VW van model you own, you may need to create tiebacks to hold the curtains away from the window.

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Things you need

  • Ruler
  • 5.5 m (6 yards) drapery fabric, 150 cm (60 inches) wide
  • 5.5 m (6 yards) lining fabric, 150 cm (60 inches) wide (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Adhesive-backed Velcro

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  1. 1

    Measure and record the height and width for each window.

  2. 2

    Cut panels of fabric that measure the width of the window by its height, plus 15 cm (6 inches). Cut two panels for each window.

  3. 3

    Cut the lining panels, if using, so that they are 2.5 cm (1 inch) narrower than the window and the same height as the curtain panels. Cut two lining panels for each window.

  4. 4

    Place one lining panel right side up on the wrong side of one of the curtain panels. Centre the lining on the panel. Fold the sides of the panel over 1.3 cm (1/2 inch) and then another 1.3 cm (1/2 inch) to conceal the lining's and the panel's raw edges. Pin in place and stitch along the edge of the fold. Repeat with the other curtain panels.

  5. 5

    Fold the bottom of the panel up 1.3 cm (1/2 inch), then up another 1.3 cm (1/2 inch) and pin in place. Fold the top of the panel down 6.3 cm (2.5 inches), then down another 6.3 cm (2.5 inches) and pin in place. Sew along the edge on the top to create a pocket for the curtain rod. Sew the bottom hem as well. Repeat on the other panels.

  6. 6

    Cut strips of fabric that measure 7.5 cm (3 inches) wide by 30 cm (12 inches) long. Cut one strip for each curtain panel on the sides and back of the van. Fold the strips lengthwise with right sides together and pin.

  7. 7

    Stitch along the long edge and one short edge of the strips, then turn right side out. Tuck in the raw edge on the open side and stitch closed.

  8. 8

    Cut the Velcro into 5 cm (2 inch) strips. Place one side of each strip of Velcro on the sides of the window where you want the tieback to hang. Place the other side of each Velcro strip on the outside edge of each tieback strip.

  9. 9

    Hang the curtains on the window's rods and wrap the tiebacks around them, securing them to the wall with the Velcro.

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