DIY Faux Curtains: How to Make Tieback Curtains

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Dress up your windows with these stylish and easy-to-make curtains. What are faux tieback curtains? They are nonfunctional, decorative curtains that frame the sides of a window to add style and elegance to any room. These tieback fabric curtains are for an RV, but you could use them anywhere you want a decorative touch added to a window treatment. Our video tutorial takes you through all the steps of making these faux curtains. Let’s get started!

DIY faux curtains for RV or trailer

Our faux curtains frame the gray roller shade beautifully and add color and style to this RV bedroom.

These faux tieback curtains are for the bedroom window in our 1987 Airstream Argosy trailer. We previously made a roller shade for the window and wanted to add a decorative accent as well. Because the roller shade provides privacy and shade inside the bedroom, these curtains are simply decorative and don't cover the window. If you'd like curtains you can close, be sure to check out our other window treatment DIY projects.

In this project tutorial, you'll learn how to create hems and sew shirring tape, how to measure and create the tiebacks, and how to install the curtain track and curtains in our RV. Watch the video below to learn how to make your own faux curtains to frame a window for an added splash of color and style.

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If you're looking for more RV renovation DIYs, be sure to check all of the projects in our RV renovation video series. Just search for "RV Renovation Series" on our site and learn how to sew an awning, tire covers, roller shades and more.

Video Chapters:

  • Intro — 0:00 min.
  • Determining Fabric Required — 0:30 min.
  • Sewing Hems — 4:11 min.
  • Creating Top Hem & Sewing Wrinkle Band Tape — 8:45 min.
  • Installing Hooks & Carriers on Wrinkle Band Tape — 13:23 min.
  • Creating Fabric Tieback — 15:40 min.
  • Installing Faux Tieback Curtains — 21:09 min.
  • Materials & Tools List — 26:16 min.

Materials List:

  • Sunbrella® Bliss Clay 54" Upholstery Fabric (#48135-0005)
  • Wrinkle Band Tape (Shirring Tape) White (#103086)
  • Seamstick 1/4" Basting Tape for Canvas & Upholstery (36 yds.) (#122065)
  • Coats Extra Strong® Hemp Nylon Upholstery Thread (150 yds.) (#104817)
  • RECMAR 4142 Wrinkle Band Curtain Hook (14 pack) (#103087)
  • Curtain Carriers Eyelet Style (#318400)
  • End Stop for Curtain Track (#310081)
  • Curtain Track Horizontal Mount Vinyl 48" (#100758)
  • Polyester White Loop 1" (#478100)
  • Polyester White Hook 1" (#473100)
  • Screw Pan Head Tapping 4 x 1/2" (#125811)
  • Adhesive Backed Nylon Loop White 2" (#102222)

Tools List:

  • Chalk Pencil Cartridge Set (#121669)
  • Tempered Cutting Glass for Hotknife (#121915)
  • Sailrite® Edge Cordless Hotknife 18V Package (#122177)
  • Forked Magic Pins 1‑3/4" (30 pack) (#122801)
  • Sailrite® Ultrafeed® LSZ Sewing
  • Machine With WorkerB Power Pack
  • Washable Wonder Fabric Marker Blue (#480012)
  • Scratch Awl Yellow (#2354)
  • Tape Measure, Iron