We had a number of constraints to consider. We needed to keep the costs low while still obtaining around 20 yards of fabric. The fabric needed to be thick enough to be non-transparent and light enough to be hung on the inside of the bus with earth magnets. It also had to be visually appealing. That's a tough order at any time of the year, but it felt especially challenging at Christmas when traditional fabrics weren't on sale and inventory was low.
Ultimately my mom and I had a great time trying to accomplish this challenge. We ended up choosing a flocked chevron felt from Jo-Ann Fabric's. We originally wanted only aqua but we quickly realized there actually wasn't enough fabric available in Georgia to achieve that goal. Shipping the fabric from Jo-Ann's website would have been a disaster because it was so close to the holidays. We ultimately decided to do half aqua and half gray and only had to visit two locations. We decided to alternate the colors every two windows to cohesively use the two fabrics. I did some quick envelope math to decide how much fabric we needed and we walked away with around 12 yards of each color. I spent right around $150 including tax for 24+ yards of fabric.
When we got home I cut the felt to size so that each panel covered two windows on the bus. The felt was a great choice of fabric because I didn't have to sew single hem! I sewed a small 1 inch patch over an earth magnet in the corner of each panel of fabric and the task was quickly done. At the end of the project, it became clear that my math was way off and I ended up with several yards of each color leftover. I used some of the leftovers to cover an AV cabinet on the bus and the rest of the fabric now lives under a couch on the bus.
|Inside view during the first breakdown of the trip.|
|Curtains are riding low for maximum views.|