See how easy it is to customize your RV with DIY pop up camper curtains.
If you read this post on my camping blog, you know that I recently remodeled our pop-up camper trailer, since I was tired of all the brown. Since I like to simplify things and take a frugal approach, I decided to create my camper curtains by sewing fabric on top of the existing curtains.
You can read all about how I picked out my fabrics here, and how I made them below.
Custom Pop Up Camper Curtains
I used a flat queen-size sheet as my fabric for the side curtain panels. The existing curtains were a dark tan in the middle with a brown edging. I measured the tan area and cut out rectangles 1 inch larger around. I cut it so that the existing side hem went on the bottom edge of the curtain. The old curtains did not have to be taken apart, nor I did not have to get a pop up curtain clips for the rv curtain track.
I cut a strip of coordinating turquoise fabric to cover the dark brown strip on each side of the curtain. These were also serged along the edges. I stitched them in place by putting right sides together and stitching along the inside edge. Then I wrapped the strip around and sewed it in place along the outside.
The other three edges were serged. I lined up the fabric, turned under an edge, and pinned them in place. Then I sewed them in place with a straight stitch, leaving the bottom edge unattached.
Finally, I hemmed the bottom edge of all of the curtains. You can see that the old curtain shows along the top edge, but that is covered by the valance.
DIY Bunk End Curtains
I repeated this process for the bunk end curtains, leaving the mesh top part in place. These do not hang perfectly straight, but they are so cute so who cares? Since I used a lightweight cotton. There was not much weight added to the curtains.
The valance was done a little differently. I did not have enough of my choice fabric to go over the existing fabric or to make ruffles, so I made a straight hanging valance.
The top of the existing valance had hanging strips along the bunk ends and velcro attachment along the sides. These attachments were under a ribbon trim. I did not want to redo these, so I cut off the ruffled fabric part and attached the new fabric just underneath the ribbon trim.
The new camping scene print valances turned out really cute, although they kind of get pushed out when a curtain is open underneath. No big deal. I do not need perfection.
See how I sewed sheets that fit the popup camper mattresses here.
Sewing Pillow Covers
I did the throw pillow covers two different ways. Some were a simple pillow case sleeve. The rest were a cover slip with than opening in back. All are removable and can be put through the washing machine.
Pillowcases were made by sewing three edges of two rectangles with right sides together, and then hemming the opening edges. Although if it is a salvage edge I do not hem them. I did a t-shirt upcycle and created two pillow slipovers from camping shirts.
The techniques above can be used for any curtains or pillows, not just ones in an RV.
I am very pleased with our bright new pop up trailer remodel. Do you like it?