Project Design Team Wednesday~Laminate Shower Curtain

Posted by administrator on Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Today's tutorial comes from our friend Char of
Early last month I got the chance to explore the Riley Blake warehouse…and it was every bit as fabulous as you’d imagine. There were laminated cottons as far as the eye could see.

(Crappy cell phone pic)
I knew I wanted to make something with one, but what? I had a sad basement bathroom I was wanting to completely redo freshen up and as soon as I saw gray Daisy Cottage laminate, I knew I was in business.
Shower curtains measure approximately 71” square. The good news is that they’re pretty forgiving, so you don’t have to be super precise on this project.sc2
I started with about 4.5 yards of the laminate, just over 2 yards of jumbo ric rac, 12 grommets (they come in packs of 10, so you’ll need a 2nd pack) and a grommet tool.
The laminate fabric comes 45” wide, so I was going to have to seam it. The laminating doesn’t quite reach all the way to the edge of the fabric,
so the first thing I needed to do was remove the non-laminated part. I snip and rip, because I’m lazy. You can cut, if you want. This gave me approximately 41” of useable laminated width.
The next thing I did was to snip and rip my yardage in half, so I now had two 2.25-ish yard pieces. I left one of them the full 41” wide and then I snipped and ripped two 16” X 2.25-ish yard pieces from the other piece to assemble as shown below, right sides together, using half inch seams.
I clearly need a better space to photograph large projects, because this is as good as it gets on the kitchen island:
I top stitched my seams in place on the side pieces, but it’s really not necessary.
Next, fold over approximately 1.25” on the top edge of the curtain and stitch in place near the edge. This makes a double thickness of curtain where your grommets will go. If you want more reinforcement, you could use interfacing as well.
You’ll still want/need a shower curtain liner, because only the front of the fabric is laminated. And because that’s how I’m going to tell you to mark where to put your grommets. Winking smile
Line up the top of your liner with the top of your curtain and mark each hole. I’d recommend a dry erase marker (wipes off easily when you’re done) for basic placement and then carefully tracing the inside of each grommet individually to make sure they’re lined up nicely.
Now it’s time to set your grommets. Follow the directions on your tool.
The last step is to hem the bottom of your curtain. The amount of the hem will depend on how high you’ll be hanging it, how much fabric you started out with, if you ripped and snipped or cut neatly, etc. Just fold it up and stitch in place. I actually hung the curtain and moved the rod a little higher than it had been previously to settle on my final length.
I also sewed a row of ric rac about 12” up from the bottom. And now that I’m looking at the pictures, I might add another row. Open-mouthed smile
If you want to see the rest of the bathroom makeover, come on over to my blog and check it out here.
Thanks Char!

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  1. So cute! I just love that laminated cotton
    by ColeteTervort
    March 28th, 2012 at 11:33 a.m.
  2. Great idea! I have some laminate cotton and I'm going to try and tackle the shower curtain. I was going to make a shower curtain with 10" squares but this looks much easier. Thanks for sharing!
    by Carolina
    March 28th, 2012 at 2:21 p.m.
  3. What a fantastic idea! I am have been looking for ideas to use laminated fabrics! AWESOME!
    by Angela Thee
    March 28th, 2012 at 7:06 p.m.
  4. Why hasn't it occured to me to make shower curtains? Thats great, thank you!
    by Alexandrea M
    March 29th, 2012 at 1:32 p.m.
  5. I love the shower curtain! Those fabrics were all Daisy Cottage and Sew Cherry :) They are my favorites.
    by cynthia
    March 30th, 2012 at 12:10 p.m.
  6. This is amazing! I do the same thing with custom shower curtains - I just use a vinyl material instead of fabric. Great job!
    by B. McLane
    April 05th, 2012 at 12:26 a.m.

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