Tuesday, January 4, 2011

voila! our new Shower Curtain.

Tiny Patchwork Shower Curtain

Y'all are making me blush over on Flickr.  Didn't know you'd like it so much!  Well, yes, I did make this.  And high time too.  Our solid white cloth shower curtain is totally, glaringly stained.  In fact that stain was about ALL I'd see in that room, you know?  I blame it on all the red clay dirt in the south.  And, it's not like we roll in it. 

Making Mud Cake

Er, um.

So, yes, I made us a new shower curtain.  This time not white - natural linen.  I'm hoping it'll stand up better to all the dirt we'll throw its way.  This is the same linen I used for the Colorbrick Quilt-Along.  It's from Fabric-Store.com, and I just adore this particular shade of "natural".  Plus, it comes 59" wide, which comes in handy for projects like this.

our bathroom
Since our bathroom is modestly-sized (like the rest of our home), I kept it pretty simple.  

Tutorial, you say? Well, here are some quick tips: 

















First I pieced the tiny patchwork.  They finish as 1" squares, but they don't start that way.  I cut 1" strips and then pieced them in several sets of six rows.  Next I cut them up to mix and match.  I used 4 solids and 6 tonal prints.  Once pieced as wide as my previous curtain, I added a full, wide piece of linen to the bottom and a smaller strip of linen to the top.  To protect the tiny patchwork seam allowances from fraying in the wash, I added a strip of linen (cut with pinked edges) over the back of the patchwork.  Hemmed the sides at 1.5" each, the bottom at 2" and the top at 2.5".  To finish it off, I made buttonholes (thank-you, sewing machine!) evenly spaced for the shower curtain rings.  My rings have that big ball so that you don't even see the buttonholes! 

So, let me know if you have any questions, K?  And thanks for your kind words.  I hope my husband likes it when he comes home!  His initial comments have been "oh, I thought you were going to make the patchwork strip wider..."  Yes, Hun, piecing 1-inch squares is not at all tedious.  Wink. 

22 comments:

  1. Love it! And thanks for the linen link. All the linen up here in Canada is about $20+/yard so I was shocked to see such an awesome price! Will have to pick some up (sfter my fabric diet, of course!). Thanks also for the specific link...so hard to tell if it is a good tone/color when buying online, but I love this and the one in your quilt, so that's good enough for me! I am planning some linen quilts...eventually! How was it to sew with? Does it wrinkle more on washing? Shrink? Better used in small pieces or would big blocks be okay? Thanks for the advice!

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  2. Wow it turned out great! Love that tiny patchwork! :)

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  3. Thanks for the tips, what a great idea. My shower curtain had an unfortunate run-in with my cat and a bottle of nail polish (long story), this may be just the ticket for a new curtain.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  4. It really is absolutely beautiful!

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  5. Absolutely gorgeous! So well coordinated, well done :)

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  6. Kristie - Linen is harder to work with than cotton. It shifts when you cut large pieces, wrinkles easily and shrinks more too. But, that doesn't stop me! The texture is lovely. I use it in large pieces and small pieces. It is a strong fiber, so it should hold up as well as cotton (or better).

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  7. Love it!! It looks like mosaic glass tile. Something like this would look great in my kids' bathroom, so thanks for the tute. I've got it bookmarked.

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  8. This is gorgeous, so beautiful!

    I have a question for you about the linen...do you prewash before you use it, since you say it shrinks more than cottons? Thanks!

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  9. Absolutely gorgeous! This makes me want to redo my bathroom RIGHT NOW!

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  10. this curtain is AMAZING! i'll pay you to make me one! ;)

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  11. So cute! I love that idea. I may have to try something like that. Most shower curtains that I have seen made out there are over the top. The simplicy is wonderful!

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  12. It's awesome to have something new to quilt! We have our table runners, bags, and pillows... this is terrific! Great way to put a piece of quilt into something new!

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  13. I SOOOOO LOVE THAT!

    You know, you just gave me an idea for the curtains I plan to make. Thanks A MILLION!

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  14. That shower curtain is really pretty and has inspired me to make some.

    Well done.

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  15. wonderful! 2011 is my decorating year (on the cheap, of course!) and a shower curtain is on the list. love it!

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  16. Yes, I do prewash! I actually prewash EVERYTHING before it even goes into my fabric cabinet. It's nice to know that things won't shrink later on.

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  17. It's beautiful Rachel! I was looking forward to seeing this project, love!

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  18. I *love* that shower curtain. And your whole bathroom actually! Must go favorite it on Flickr immediately. :)

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  19. What a great project! Love the idea and the execution

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  20. Love your shower curtain. I'll have to make 3 though to go around my antique clawfoot tub. :(

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