Part 2: Renovating our camper interior – curtains!

by | Jan 12, 2016 | Lifestyle, The Hymer Motorhome Adventure | 0 comments

Here I am again with a little update on our Hymer motorhome. The last time I showed you how we painted the interior of the motorhome white and how we did it exactly. Tips are always useful for other RV enthusiasts, I’ve noticed, so that’s why today I’m going to tell you more about the last project that we have done for our camper.

Last Wednesday I had my very first sewing lesson. I started a course to learn to sew, because to me that seems so lovely. The sewing lesson went very well and I was immediately no longer afraid of the sewing machine. That fear, I once suffered under me when I pressed a little too hard on the pedal and everything froze, my mother got mad, my little project fell apart etc. Well after that first sewing lesson I thought it wasn’t that bad at all! All those years I worried for nothing ;-)

I learned during the first lesson straight choke, choke circles, squares, triangles, etc. Super instructive because you get to know the machine really well. After the class I was already very enthusiastic to do something. I ordered fabric and this week I’ll start the lesson with a harem pants for Jaya.

But the enthusiasm grew slightly faster ;-) because I figured I could make the curtains of the camper myself. That’s just straight stitching (not …) and I had just learned well. Well, I did not hesitate long and at Saturday I immediately went to the market in Utrecht to buy fabric for the curtains.

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How I started making my own curtains …

  • First, I measured the original curtains and I looked how they were made. How much was used for the border and how many curtain band I would need.
  • After that, I mapped everything out on paper to see what was the smartest way to get the curtains out of the fabric and of course having to throw away as little as possible. Together with my neighbor we came up with seven meters of fabric.
  • Saturday morning I went to the market for the first time, where I bought fabric for € 8 per meter.
  • I also bought a pair of scissors, thread, seam ripper, pins and a centimeter. Band curtain and hooks I forget to buy, but apparently you can not buy that on the market in Utrecht. Eventually I bought them at the Leen Bakker.
  • The fabric was quite askew cut on the market so I made it straight.
  • Then I cut each curtain.
  • When you’ve cut everything, you can start locking the fabric. I love how fast it goes!
  • There had to be some pieces locked together so that the sewing goes even faster.
  • After locking the fabric, I started stitching the hem all around.
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I am very curious about the result in the camper. I hope the turquoise gives the camper a little more freshness because of the few brown and dark parts in the interior. There are still some brown elements in the camper as the front of the heater, the bottom of the fold-down bed and here and there some brown leather in the kitchen. The blue has to give it a younger appearance.

I saved the original curtains, who knows they ever come in handy! In addition, I also started with a solid inventories for the camper. After all you want to do is get away if you feel like it. So I want a solid contents in the camper like towels, tea towels as well as all the holiday stuff so you can go super fast.

I’m very curious what you think of the color of the curtains (although it is not quite correct on the pictures) and it looks more like this color. Are you going sometimes camping? Perhaps you have good tips for a camping list :-)

UPDATE 12-01-16: I’ve hang the curtains! Want to see how the largest curtain hides the pull-down bed? Click here and see the pictures on my Instagram account!

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