With temperatures soaring to the low 100's here in South Texas, we knew it was time to stop procrastinating and get to work on our do-it-yourself window shades. Our goal was to create something that not only kept the heat and the sunlight out, but also looked appealing and professional.
Using room-darkening curtains, we made our own RV-darkening, heat-suppressing curtains for our tiny home.
What You'll Need:
Measure your windows. Take my dad's advice: "Measure twice; cut once." Make sure you know where you want to mount them, and measure just beyond where the Velcro will be, leaving yourself a tiny lip.
Measure your curtain, leaving an additional inch for each end that isn't already hemmed. And remember, "Measure twice; cut once."
Cut the curtain along your measured line.
Peel off the backing on the fabric tape a few inches at a time, carefully folding your fabric over at the 1" line. Press down firmly on your fabric tape as you go, making sure it sticks completely.
Tip: There is no room for error. This fabric tape is very sticky and will be extremely difficult to redirect.
This step can be done one of two ways, and it depends on your surfaces and what will be easier for you. You can:
A. attach the Velcro first to the fabric and then line up the curtains along the window frame and attach the Velcro to the frame, or
B. attach the Velcro first along the window frame and then line up the curtains with the Velcro.
We tried it both ways and felt that it was easier to place the Velcro along the outside of the window frame where we wanted it and then line up the curtain and place the curtain onto the Velcro.
So there you have it - do-it-yourself window shades that are easy to make and require zero sewing! What do you think? If you like it, share it!
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