A fantastic way to glamp up your trailer’s exterior is to give her “eyelashes.”
As we were prepping the exterior of our first trailer, Bessie (a 1976 Nomad), we knew that eventually we would have to find a way to make the window frames look cuter. Becky came up with a brilliant and original idea to make these awesome window “eyelashes” or “scallops” as she called them.
Cheap, easy to make, and removable for travel, these eyelashes added so much more cuteness to our little Bessie that we both couldn’t imagine her without them.
We haven’t seen them anywhere else, so you are getting a scoop!
Here’s how you can make your own eyelashes.
You will need:
- A ruler
- Measuring tape
- A small bowl
- Sewing machine
- Upholstery Thread
1. Measure the windows of your trailer, width-wise
2. Determine the diameter you need for each scallop and the number of scallops you need for each window. You want uniformity throughout the trailer windows, so you will want to use same half-circle size scallops on all windows.
- Use a compass and measure out your scallop.
- In order to determine the general size of scallop you want to use, take the smallest window length, and divide it by 3. This will give you an idea of what the diameter of each scallop would need to be.
- The number of scallops is best in odd numbers, and never do a window with only 2 scallop shapes...it looks too much like a pair of boobs!!
3. Pick out your vinyl from a fabric store (we chose a brightyellow). Make sure to buy enough to cover all your scallops.
4. Cut your main piece of vinyl
Cut the length of window by the height of the scallop PLUS three extra inches for the height (as you will need a space at the top of the scallop to attach the Velcro—a “header” for the scallop).
5. Trace your scallops onto the vinyl
- First, divide the vinyl section in half to find a center point on the window.
- Take the vinyl and lay it out on a flat surface.
- Center the middle scallop to the center of the window.
- Then work your way outward creating scallops.
For each window, take a round bowl approximately 5 to 6 inches wide (or based on the size of scallop you want) and turn it over onto the vinyl. Trace the outside of the bowl with the pen.
Halve the circle to create a half moon using the ruler. Make sure to leave at least an inch of space for the base of the scallop (ie, the “header” of the scallop)
6. Cut your scallops along the markings with a sharp scissor (The nice thing about vinyl is that it doesn’t need to be hemmed)
7. Sew your header
- First, fold the vinyl from the top of the scallop down one inch
- Then, fold it another inch.
- Sew a seam along the top of the header.
- The front should look similar to this:
8. Attach the soft side of the Velcro to your eyelashes
- Sew the soft side of the Velcro onto your new header on the back side (trailer side) of the eyelashes.
- Sew two seams – use a heavy-duty needle on your sewing machine and upholstery thread. (If you don’t want to sew, just know that any type of adhesive [i.e. sticky Velcro] you try may be subject to weather and fail)
9. Attach the rough side of the velcro to the window frame using the sticky side.
There are two main ways you can attach your eyelashes to your trailer.
- One is with Velcro – just know that the weather may be a factor in the stickability of the Velcro.
- The other is to screw in the Velcro to the top of each window. This is not recommended for trailers that have no gutters or coverings above the window, as holes made by screws may cause leaks. Use small aluminum screws and screw the Velcro every two inches across the top of the window underneath the gutter or covering. If you don’t choose to screw the Velcro into your trailer, weatherproof adhesive might work as well.
10. Apply the eyelashes to each window by pressing the Velcro sides together.
11. Show off to your friends!
...And be sure to remove eyelashes when traveling.