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How to make DIY Roll-up Curtains

Follow these easy step-by-step instructions to make your own roll-up curtains! The average cost per curtain comes out to $15. That’s a huge savings for your RV renovation, plus they are lightweight and fashionable. Also, be sure to follow me on instagram to see what else I’m up to.

Dimensions

Curtain Panel

  1. Measure the window width and height from the outside of the trim
  2. Cut the material to size
    1. Width: Window width + 4″
    2. Height: Window height + 7″
  3. Sewed material
    1. Width: Window width + 2″
    2. Height: Window height + 5″

Straps

  1. Cut material 9″ long
  2. Fold each end over 1″ with a lobster clasp and D ring

Dowels

  1. Cut the dowel 4″ longer than the sewed material width

Instructions

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First measure your window. Add 4″ to the width and 7″ to the height and cut the fabric with an exacto knife. Be sure to use a straight edge and make sure the material is square.

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Starting with the sides, fold the fabric over 1″ and iron float.

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Sew each of the sides with the zig-zag stitch.

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Fold over the top and bottom edges over 1″ and sew with the zig-zag stitch. Tip: Make sure all the seams are folded and sewed from the same side.

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Cut the strap material with scissors or an exacto knife to 9″.

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Add a D ring to one side and fold over 1″. Sew the material with a straight stitch. Repeat on the other side with the lobster clasp. Be sure to go as slow as possible for the needle to penetrate both layers of leather. You could also opt to use metal rivets in place of sewing.

NOTE: If your sewing machine won’t puncture through the leather, soak it in water to soften up the leather. You can also use the handwheel on your sewing machine to manually create the stitch.

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Cut your dowels to size. Make sure the dowel is 4″ larger than the sewed material. Insert the dowel into the curtain panel. Next, measure over 4″ from the end of the fabric and hot glue the strap to the wooden dowel inside the curtain panel.

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Note: If you have a window larger than 48″, use a the headless screws to join two dowels. Pre-drill a hole slightly smaller than the size of the headless screw, add wood glue on both ends, insert the screw, and attach the two ends.

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Place the copper tube straps on the dowel and measure up 4″ from the top of your window. Use 1″ screws to attach the tube straps to the wall. Enjoy!