Window Treatments for my Casita Travel Trailer

Mrs. Padilly's Casita Camper Dressed For Glamping: Final Makeover PictureAh, window treatments…

They have always a challenge for me since I do not like to sew.

Rag Valance Window Treatment 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, and then asked to make their own dress from a pattern of their choice. Since my daughter doesn’t sew, my first thought was, “are you sure you want to be in this wedding?” But momma guilt kicked in, and I made the dress.

It ended up fitting like a glove, but if I had to charge for the hours I put into making the dress, it would have cost more than an average 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!

Up Close of White Lace Window Treatment Valance on Casita Travel Trailer

But there was another challenge I had to overcome…

Because a Casita has a fiberglass shell, one challenge was I could not screw a curtain rod into the camper walls.

In fact, the mini-blinds in a Casita are fastened to the window frames. So the first thing I had to figure out was how to make window lightweight treatments that didn’t need rods.

My solution was to create valances using balsa wood, fabric, and lace that I could attach to the mini blind’s rod using velcro strips.

Creating the Valances for the Windows Surrounding Bed:

For the three windows that surround the bed, I decided to create valances out of balsa wood wrapped in teal fabric.

I would then drape the fabric wrapped wood with vintage lace from an old wedding dress.

I was happy with this plan because it would allow me to attach the lightweight valances to the blinds using only velcro. 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.

Balsa wood for window treatment

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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 (affiliate link), and then applied the fabric:Applying Fabric to Balsa wood for window treatment

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Applying Fabric to Balsa wood for window treatment

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

Applying Fabric to Balsa wood for window treatment

Applying Fabric to Balsa wood for window treatment

Applying Fabric to Balsa wood for window treatment

 

Applying Fabric to Balsa wood for window treatment

 

Applying Fabric to balsa wood with Mod Podge; window treatment

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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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Time to add the Lace:

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. Since the lace is pleated, and attached to the bottom of the dress with its own seam, all I did 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 shown in the 2nd picture below), I needed to create “spacers” that would allow the valance to stand-off against the mini blind’s valance.  This step was necessary in order to have room for the rod to open and close the blinds.

The following pictures show how I cut the spacers out of balsa wood, and then attach them to the valance using hot glue.

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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 Casita’s mini blinds valance using velcro.

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Valances Installed on Mini-Blinds

The following images show the lace valances completed, and attached to the mini-blinds.

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I am very happy with the results! The look is soft and does not block the view out the windows.

 

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

It turned out that as we traveled, the bouncing Casita 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. It worked.

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Valance for Dinette Window:

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

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 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. In total, I used 53 strips of fabric.

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How to Install the Rod

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 do 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 very happy with results of the rag valance!

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. 🙂

 

No Sew Window Treatments in a Casita Travel Trailer

Last Update: August 15, 2017

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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