Amazingly Simple: How to Make Window Covers for Car Camping

Make Window Covers for Car Camping In 3 Simple Steps

Are you getting ready for your next camping trip and want to make sure your gear and sleeping arrangements are as secure as possible? One of the simplest and most effective ways to protect your car camping setup is to make window covers out of pieces of fabric or cloth. Window covers can block out light, defend against thieves, and help create a cozier atmosphere within the tent or camper van.

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As a father of three and experienced camper, I can tell you that taking the time to make window covers is a worthwhile endeavor. Here I’m going to show you how to make your window covers and provide tips and advice for a successful project. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Measure the Windows to Be Covered

Your first step is to measure the windows that you need to make covers for. You’ll need to know the exact size of the areas that you will be covering so you can give yourself enough fabric to properly secure the covers.

It’s a good idea to take extra fabric in case you make any mistakes when cutting the material. You can always trim it down afterwards if it proves to be too long.

Person measuring window

Step 2: Cut the Fabric to the Appropriate Size

Now that you know the measurements of the windows to be covered, it’s time to cut the fabric into the necessary shapes and sizes. I prefer to use an X-ACTO knife instead of scissors for this so I can get more precise cuts. Again, make sure to leave extra fabric in case you need to make adjustments later.

Fabric being cut with an X-ACTO knife

Step 3: Secure the Covers to the Windows

Once you have all the pieces of fabric cut, you’ll need to secure the covers to the windows. Many people use magnets to do this, although there are other methods as well. Magnets are great because they won’t damage the window frames and you don’t need to drill any holes.

Just slide the magnets into the edge of the fabric and press it against the window frame. Voila, you’re done!

Magnet securely holding fabric to window frame

Additional Tips

Making your own window covers is a simple and affordable project that only takes a few hours at most. Here are some additional tips to bear in mind that will help make the process easier and more efficient.

  • Pick the Appropriate Fabric. Not all fabrics are suitable for making window covers, so make sure you select one that is thick enough to block out light but thin enough to be shaped into the size and shape you need.
  • Stick with a Simple Pattern. Window covers aren’t complicated fashion accessories, so you don’t need to worry about too much when it comes to design. Keep it as simple as possible and you can’t go wrong.
  • Start Small. If this is your first time making window covers, start out with a small project like a single window. This is a great way to become familiar with the process and get the hang of it before moving on to larger projects.

Wrap Up

Making your own window covers for car camping is a great way to add extra security and coziness to your camping setup. As you’ve seen, it’s a relatively simple process that doesn’t require any fancy tools or materials. All you need is some fabric and a few magnets and you’re good to go!

If you found this tutorial useful, be sure to check out my other skills for car campers.