Window Treatments for my Casita Travel Trailer

Mrs. Padilly's Casita Camper Dressed For Glamping: Final Makeover PictureAh, window treatments…This is always a challenge for me; I do not like to sew.

Finished Rag Valance on Casita Camper Glamping MakeoverCase in point: my daughter was a bridesmaid in a wedding where each girl was given fabric by the bride-to-be to make a dress from a pattern of their choice. Of course my first thought was, “are you sure you want to be in this wedding?” But momma guilt kicked in and I knew I had to sew the dress.

It ended up fitting like a glove, but if I had to charge for the hours of work I had to put into making it, the dress would probably have cost more than a wedding dress. Truth is, when it comes to sewing, I’m just plain slow.

Solution? Create no-sew drapes for my Casita. Better yet, valances!

The main challenge I found when considering window treatments for the Casita is, because it is a fiberglass shell, you can’t screw a curtain rod into the camper walls.  In fact, the mini-blinds that come with the Casita are fastened to the window frames.  So the first thing I had to figure out was how to make window treatments that didn’t need rods, and were also lightweight. My solution was to create valances using balsa wood, fabric, and lace that I could attach to the mini-blind rod using velcro strips.

Valances for Windows Surrounding Bed:

For the three windows that surround the bed, my plan is to create valances out of balsa wood, wrapped in teal fabric, and then draped with vintage lace from an old wedding dress.

I was very happy with this plan, once I figured out the solution for attaching the valances to the blinds in the Casita. The following images show the process I took from beginning to end:

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To start, I purchased four, 3″ x 36″ x 1/4″ thick pieces of  balsa wood.

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I then cut out strips of fabric, about a 1/4″ wider all around than the wood. I then coated the balsa wood with fabric Mod Podge, and then applied the fabric:

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Once the fabric was applied to the front, I flipped the wood over, applied my Mod Podge, then wrapped and trimmed the fabric to the back:

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Since the back window of the Casita is almost 5′ wide, and I could not find a piece of balsa wood that long, I had to join two shorter pieces together before I could wrap it with fabric. The following images show how I accomplished this:

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Now that the balsa wood is covered in fabric, it was time to attach the lace.

The lace I used came from the bottom of a 1970’s wedding dress.  It is beautiful, lightweight, and flowing. The lace was pleated and attached to the bottom of the dress with its own seam, so all I had to do was cut above the original stitch lines.

I then attached the lace to the back of the fabric covered balsa wood with hot glue, as seen in the image below:

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After attaching the lace, and wrapping it around the front of the balsa wood valance (as seen below), I now needed to create “spacers” that would allow the valance to stand off against the valance of the mini-blind so there was the room needed for the rod to open and close the blinds.

The pictures below show you how I cut the spacers out of balsa wood, and then attached these spacers to the valance with hot glue. After attaching spacers to valance, I then attached a velcro strips to each piece of wood.  Once complete, I was able to stick the lace valance directly to the mini-blind valance using the velcro.

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The following images show the lace valances completed, and attached to the mini-blinds; I am very happy with the results! The look is soft and does not block the view out the windows.

However, after our first journey down the road with the Casita, it was clear I had to make one change…

It turned out that the bouncing of the Casita while traveling was too much for the velcro strips, and the valances fell off.  To fix this problem, I decided to put hot glue between the velcro strips. True, this removed my original goal of being able to easily take the valances off and put them back on, but I decided that the chances of me actually needing to do that was slim, so the more permanent fix with the hot glue gun was no longer a concern.

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Valance for Dinnette Window:

With the lace valances complete, it was now time to create a window treatment for the window over the dinette area.

The image below shows the color palettes I was considering for the Casita. To make the most of all the pieces of fabric I purchased, I decide to make a simple, light weight rag valance. However, in order to make a rag valance I would need to use a rod (which I wanted to avoid), so this meant I had to figure out a way to attach it to the Casita’s existing mini-blinds.

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To start construction of the rag valance, the first step was to cut strips of fabric. I took a framing square, and used the width of the ruler as the width of each strip of cloth (about 1 1/2″), and then drew on the back side of the fabric with a disappearing ink pen.  I determined that 13″ long strips of fabric would give me the length that I wanted; short.

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I then cut each strip of fabric with my pinking shears and then placed all the strips of fabric out on the table in the pattern I wanted them to appear on the rod. Afterwards, I simply tied each one on using a simple knot; I used 53 strips of fabric.

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My next challenge was to figure out how to install the rag valance rod to the existing rod of the Casita’s mini-blinds.

To accomplish this, I installed the rod directly to the existing mini-blind valance by first placing a piece of balsa wood in both ends of the rag valance rod (for support), then screwing both ends of the rod directly into the side of the rod that supports the mini-blinds.

I eventually added a little hot glue beneath each end to give it a little more support from bouncing while in transit (the rod tends to bounce down in transit, but never falls off, so adding hot glue below gives it more support).

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I’m so happy with results of the rag valance, and the fact I could use my Matryoshka doll fabric (Russian Nesting Doll)!

Completing the window treatments brings me to the end of my makeover of my Casita. My next post will unveil the interior all set up for glamping. 🙂


Mrs. Padilly’s  Series on her 17′ Spirit Deluxe Casita Travel Trailer’s Glamping Makeover:

Introduction:

Casita Glamping Makeover:

 


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13 Comments  to  Window Treatments for my Casita Travel Trailer

  1. Leah Lowe says:

    Hello :). How do I purchase the screen door decals? I just purchased a camper and I am so excited about decorating it. :). Thank you.

  2. Carol Monteferante-Easter says:

    OMG, Donna, what a beautiful and professional presentation of your little casita’s makeover. It was succinct, easy to read, and easy to follow. Loved it!

    • Mrs. Padilly says:

      Hello, Carol! I’m so happy that you visited my blog, and thank you for your very kind words!! Have a great day, and say hello to the family for me!

  3. Dina says:

    Wow, what a great makeover, Mrs. Padilly! 🙂 I feel like doing something now, you make it seem quite easy. Well, only sort of …

  4. Rhonda Markham says:

    Thank you so much for this lovely post–what a beautiful and functional project! Your step-by-step instructions and photos are very much appreciated. I’m researching Casitas and hope to someday (SOON!) have a little Spirit Deluxe Casita of my own. Love your blog so far (just stumbled upon it today) and I can’t wait to hear and see more of your great glamping/camping adventures! Rhonda, in Tennessee

    • Mrs. Padilly says:

      Hi Rhonda! So glad you enjoyed the post, and I’m sure your will love your Casita one you bring her home! I see you left other comments on my posts, so I am eager to get to them and reply. 🙂

  5. gpcox says:

    Whoa! You really do have an idea to cure everything – don’t you!!!

  6. concerned educator says:

    I made cafe curtains for my Casita and was able to hang the rods on 3M Command hooks. Biggest problem is that my husband keeps pulling the curtains down near the bed – by mistake (I think), on the rod over his head at the head of the bed.
    I’ve added folding that panel up over the rod to my night time routine.

    • Mrs. Padilly says:

      Too funny, but this sounds like another great way to attach a curtain in a Casita (with a husband warning 😉 ).

      Did you stick the 3M Command hooks on the side of the mini-blind rods?

      Someone recently told me that they use drapery hooks stuck into the carpet walls of the Casita, and then they hang their rod off that. I think I might have the try that for hanging “things” on the carpeted walls.

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