My favorite renovation project was replacing the window treatments throughout the RV. I had researched and found many solutions in great pictures, just no actual explanations.
I wasn’t much of a fan for our 2003 pull blinds and the thought of potentially restringing them was a headache. Taking down the valances and clearing the windows was such a relief. I just needed to figure out what I would replace them with.
Our move in date was approaching and I needed a cheap solution.
So with an “on the fly” vision and low budget, here are the No Sew Drapes!
All I had at home was a pair of scissors, a ruler, and a pencil, the rest I bought at Walmart and The HomeDepot.
The fabric I picked up came from The Home Depot in the painting section. What better drapes to work with than a “blank canvas” (; drop cloth canvas that is. The brand I bought was Everbilt, it hangs nice and cuts easy.
So I bought one smaller package, and that was enough to cover three windows in the RV with left overs.
I chose which windows and measured accordingly. When you measure to do your cuts, remember to leave a few extra inches on every end. You can always cut off excess.
My list from Wal Mart:
Curtain rods; the double and singles are great, just choose your appropriate lengths.
Curtain rings; I bought two packages to start and then only had to buy one more when I decided I liked them.
Sheer drapes; I knew the larger windows would be doubled with one layer of sheer, but I did not cut these.
Epoxy adhesive; read your labels and pick according to the general weight of your curtains.*
So the trick with hanging ANYTHING in an RV is… you can’t really. I’m kidding, just know what you are hanging and buy accordingly. The epoxy I purchased was the second round of adhesive and it works so much better with the label stating the amount of weight it holds and that it stays even through heat.
Yes, I glued my drapes up and ensured enough time to let the adhesive dry. I glued over the paint and it has held up great. Make a note to glue a couple of inches above and outside of the window frame to give full coverage, your measuring should base on that placement.
Go over your numbers again then get to cutting, gluing, and hanging!
I cut the canvas and laid out panels next to each other, one window at a time. A trick to remember is the less cuts you make from the edges the more clean edges you have to work with. So the middle of the drapes are clean lines and the lightly frayed edges are hidden in the back. Cut it how you would like to see it hanging.
With the excess fabric (vertically), I chose my top end and folded over twice to cover the semi frayed ends (ironing down, optional). Once those are laid out and folded you can measure the space between the rings. A quick way to measure is placing one on each end and then finding the spacing you like in between.
Once your curtains are clipped, slide them on to the curtain rods, then hang if your adhesive is dry.
If sewing is not your thing and you want a clean hemmed edge on the canvas, there are alternatives! Check online or ask at your local crafting store.
The great thing about this canvas is the light weight and it is totally customizable.
Contact me with questions on this post or on Instagram.
If you try this out, let me know! I would love to see.
*I have made an edit since the original post. The first adhesive I used was not quite effective with heat and the weight of the curtains. The epoxy mixture did much better and the label states the weight it can withhold and it binds through heat!!