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How To Sew A Shower Curtain

Making your own shower curtains is simple and easy. All you’ll need is fabric, matching thread, a sewing machine, and either a grommet kit or a buttonhole foot for the sewing machine.

You can use any fabric you would use for window curtains to make a shower curtain. It doesn’t have to be waterproof fabric since you can add a vinyl shower curtain liner when you hang the curtain in your bathroom.

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Measure and Cut Fabric

Standard shower curtains measure 72 inches square, so that’s the measurements we’ll be using in this article. If you want to make a different size curtain, take the finished measurements and add 8 inches to the height and 4 inches to the width for hems. You’ll also need to add an extra 1/2 inch to the width for a center seam if you’re joining fabric panels.

  1. Cut fabric into 80-inch lengths. If you’re using a patterned fabric, cut so the patterns match at the center seam.
  2. Place rights sides of the fabric together, matching patterns if applicable, and sew a 1/4 inch seam along the selvage edge to join the two pieces of fabric.
  3. Cut the same amount off each side of the joined fabric panel so it measures 76 inches wide.

Sew Hems

We’re going to use a simple turned hem technique to finish the edges of the shower curtain. You can iron the seams as you fold them to help keep the hem smooth and even, but this is not strictly necessary.

  1. For the side seams, turn the fabric edges under 1 inch, then turn again and pin. Sew on the wrong side of the fabric along the inside fold.
  2. Hem the bottom seam exactly the same way you did the side seams.
  3. For the top seam, turn the fabric edges under 3 inches, then turn again and pin. Sew on the wrong side of the fabric along the inside fold.

Hanging Curtains

You can hang DIY shower curtains using the same hooks you’d use for purchased shower curtains. There are two main ways to do with – with button holes and with grommets.

Buttonholes

  1. Mark the location for 12 evenly spaced 1/2-inch button holes across the top hem of your fabric.
  2. Using a buttonhole foot on your sewing machine, stitch your button holes.
  3. Open the button holes using a seam ripper or a buttonhole cutter.

Grommets

  1. Mark the location for 12 evenly spaced 1/2-inch grommets by placing the grommet on the fabric and tracing the center of the grommet.
  2. Cut a small X in the center of the circle marked for each grommet. Do not cut all the way to the edge of the traced circle.
  3. Push the “male” side of the grommet through the cut X, starting from the right side of the fabric.
  4. Place the “female” side of the grommet over the part of the grommet that’s poking through the hole.
  5. Use the tool that came with the grommet kit to seal the grommets.

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DIY Table Covers

Table covers help protect kitchen or dining tables and dresses up the table settings. While you can use tablecloths, runners and placemats all at once, you can also just pick one or two that work for you. If you want a formal table setting you might use all three, whereas a more casual kitchen table looks great with just a pretty patterned tablecloth thrown over it. If you want to let the table show but still protect the surface, runners and placemats will do the trick.

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Table clothes, runners and placemats are simple to make yourself. If you can sew a straight seam with a sewing machine, you won’t have any problem making any of these three projects. All you’ll need is fabric, a sewing machine, scissors, thread, pins, and a ruler or measuring tape. Depending on your fabric, an iron and ironing board may also be useful.

Tablecloths

Fabrics that can be machine washed and dried are the best choices for tablecloths. Since they’ll be covering an eating surface, tablecloths need frequent laundering and you don’t want to have to worry about them shrinking or wrinkling when you try to clean them. Choose the widest fabric available – 54 inches or wider is best if you want to use one continuous piece to cover the table.

To determine the finished size of your DIY tablecloth, measure the width and length of the table top, then add about 12 inches to each side for the drape. The finished tablecloth should hang over the sides of the table and 1 inch above the chair seats, so adjust drape length as-needed for your table. If the width measurement for the tablecloth exceeds the width of your fabric, add an extra 2 inches for seam allowance when piecing fabric panels together. Once you have the fabric cut out and/or pieced together, finish the edges with a rolled hem, using seam-binding, or with trim.

Table Runners

While table runners will also require cleaning, they’re washed less frequently than tablecloths and you have a bit more leeway when choosing a fabric. This is a good way to use home décor and multipurpose fabrics. You can also add fringe, tassels or trim if you like.

Table runners should measure 1/3 the width of your dining room table and be long enough to hang 6 to 10 inches over each end. Once you’ve determined the size you want for your finished DIY table runner, add 1 inch to the length and width for seam allowance. For a more finished look and to prevent fraying, zig-zag stitch all the way around. Next, measure and pin a 1/2 seam all the way around and sew.

Placemats

Use the same sewing techniques you used for table runners to make placemats. For rectangle placemats, just cut the fabric to 14 by 18 inches, then sew a 1/4 inch hem all the way around. You could also just leave the edges raw and let them fray a little for a less formal look.

If you’re using a plain, basic fabric for your placemats that takes dye well, like a cotton or linen blend, you can take the DIY a step further using different dye techniques. Shibori dye techniques involve pleating the fabric tightly and then immersing it in the dye (much like tie-dye). Using a dip-dye technique gives you a more gradual transition between colors.

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Outdoor Furniture Cushions

Create beautiful, affordable cushions for outdoor furniture using our outdoor fabrics. If you already have cushions on your outdoor furniture and just want to update the fabric, you can save money by re-covering the old cushions. No need to even take off the old covers unless the fabric is in really bad shape or you can’t clean it.

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Cushion Filling

If you’re making new cushions from scratch, you’ll have to choose a stuffing. There are five types of outdoor cushion filling: Compressed polyester, polyester fiberfill, Polyurethane foam, open-cell foam, and closed-cell foam. The polyesters are inexpensive, but compress when sat on frequently. They’re best for pillows and backrests.

Polyurethane foam absorbs water, so it’s not a good choice for locations that might get wet. A better choice is open-cell foam, which water runs right through. It’s more expensive but lasts longer – especially if you get foam treated with an antimicrobial agent to prevent mold and mildew. Closed-cell foam is even more expensive, but since it floats its a good choice for cushions used on boats.

Simple Cushion Cover

For fabric 54 inches wide you’ll need about 1 yard per cushion to cover the seats for a standard-size patio chair. With 2 yards, you can cut two cushion covers out side-by-side. To sew these cushion covers, set the cushion on the fabric then fold the fabric over so the right side of the fabric is facing in and the center of the fabric is on the front edge of the cushion. Pin the fabric together on each side to create side seams.

 

Remove the cushion and sew the two side seams. Put the cushion back in the fabric (still with right-sides of the fabric in) and place a pin long each of the two front corners to make corner seams. Remove the cushion, sew corner seams, then turn the fabric right-side-out. Put the cushion form back in. To finish the cushion, fold fabric over the back of the cushion like you were wrapping a present then hand-sew this seam.

Boxed Cushion Style

These cushions require more sewing but have a neatly finished look to all the edges. You’ll have to cut six pieces of fabric – a top and bottom plate and four “boxing” strips. To determine the size you need to cut for the plates, take the length and width of the finished cushion and add 1/2 inch all around (1-1/2 inches if you’re stuffing with fiberfill). Cut boxing strips as long as the sides of your plates and as wide as the finished cushion depth plus 1 inch (3 inches for fiberfill). If you want to finish your cushion with a French mattress-style seam, add 1/4 inch to each measurement.

Sew the narrow edges of the boxing pieces together to form a complete chain with right sides all facing the same direction. Now sew this chain to the top plate with right sides together. Attach the second plate the same way, but leave one side open plus 2 inches on each adjoining side so you can fill the cushion cover. Turn the cover right-side out and stuff (if you’re doing a French seam, finish that before stuffing), then close the final seam by hand-sewing or folding under and sewing with a machine.

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Easy Window Treatments

Window treatments are expensive. This is partly because of fabric markups, which jack the price of fabric up even before it’s turned into curtains, draperies and valances. You can get around this by purchasing fabric from Cutting Corners, Interior Fabrics, and Fabric Resource. Even if you’re not good with a sewing machine, you can quickly turn this fabric into lovely DIY window covers.

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Picking Fabrics

Our lightweight fabrics and multi-purpose fabrics work well for DIY window treatments. Lightweight fabrics are the best choice if you’re looking for a semi-sheer window cover or want curtains that will sway in the gentle breeze from an open window. The multi-purpose fabrics come in a wider range of patterns and colors and are a heavier weave.

You can also use both light weight and multi-purpose fabrics on the same window. The multipurpose fabrics make good valences to dress-up shear curtains. You can also hang light weight panel curtains close to the window, then layer heavier curtains over them.

If your DIY project calls for curtain lining, we carry several lining fabrics. Basic drapery lining helps protect the curtain fabric from fading in sunlight. Blackout fabrics will block sunlight, and are an excellent choice for bedrooms if you want to block the sunrise or outside lights at night.

No-Sew Tips

Since you’re working with fabric that’s been cut from a bolt, you’ll have to hem the edges to keep them from fraying. If you don’t want to sew, you can do this with fabric glue or fusible adhesive. Turn the fabric over, so the wrong side is facing up, and then fold over the fabric edge to the width you want your hem (1/2-inch or 1-inch is a good choice). Run a line of glue along the edge of the wrong side of the fabric to hold the hem in place, or use fusible tape. Let the glue dry, or tape cool, before moving on.

For no-sew hanging, you have several options. You can use the same method you used to create the hem to make a rod pocket. Just turn the fabric over at the top of the curtains, so there’s a large enough pocket to fit the rod through and glue. You could also hang the curtain from clip-rings.

Basic Curtains

At its most basic, a DIY curtain is just a panel of fabric that’s been hemmed and hung over a window. You only need to cut the fabric to the length you need for your window, hem with a sewing machine or a no-sew option, and then hang. If you use curtain clip rings, all you’ll have to do is attach the clips to the top of your curtain and slide the rings over a curtain rod. You could also just make a curtain rod pocket at the same time you’re hemming.

If you want to get a little more creative, you can add back-tabs or grommets to hang the curtains. For grommets, make a 4-inch hem at the top of the curtain, and then put in an even number of grommets. Grommet packs come with instructions for use.

For back-tab curtains, add the tabs when you’re finishing the top hem of the curtain. Cut 2-1/2 inch lengths of 1-inch ribbon or bias tape for each tab. Next, fold the top of the curtain over for a 1-inch hem, then fold again and pin in place. For each tab, tuck 1/2 inch of the tab under the top hem and pin in place. Place one tab at each end of the curtain, then space the others evenly (you’ll need 8-10 tabs total). Sew along the entire top seam, then sew the bottom edge of each tab individually.

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DIY Accent Pillows

Do you love pillows? Me too, but decorative accent pillows always seem so expensive. You can save money, and make sure you get exactly the type of pillow you want, by making throw pillows yourself.

DIY accent pillows are a very simple project that yields fast, attractive results. All you need is fabric and some kind of pillow stuffing. You don’t even need a sewing machine, though using one will speed-up the process.

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Choosing Fabric

Just about any type of fabric will work for a pillow. Multi-purpose home décor fabrics are a good choice – they’re heavy enough to stand up to wear, yet still easy to sew. Check the cleaning requirements for fabric before purchase so you’ll whether or not you can wash the finished pillow. If you’re making pillows for outdoor use, consider using outdoor fabrics so they will hold up longer.

Basic Pillow

Cut two pieces of fabric, each 1 inch longer and wider than you want to make the finished pillow. For reversible pillows, cut the back and front pillow pieces from fabric with different prints.

Place right sides of the fabric together. Stitch the fabric pieces together with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Leave a large enough opening on one side of the pillow cover to insert a pillow form or stuffing. Turn the pillow fabric right side-out, then stuff. Hand-stitch the opening closed.

Two-Tone

For a two-tone pillow, cut two pieces of fabric as you would for a basic pillow. Then, cut a strip of contrasting fabric to the same width as the other fabric, but not as long. Cut fabric strip so one of the long sides is the selvage edge. Hem this edge if the selvage is unattractive.

Lay the contrasting fabric on one of the larger fabric pieces with right sides up. Line-up the cut, unselvaged edge of the fabric strip with the edge of the base pillow fabric. Place the other fabric piece face-down on the layered fabrics. Pin the three layers together, then sew and finish pillow as you would normally.

Pillow Forms

Filling handmade pillows is very simple using pre-made pillow forms, which are available from most craft stores. For a more thrifty DIY option, you can turn budget bed pillows into accent pillow inserts.

Measure the width of the bed pillow, then add 1/2 inch to the measurement. Use this number to measure along the length of the pillow, and mark where your tape measure lands. Cut along this line all the way through the pillow. Push the stuffing down into the pillow, then use a serger or sewing machine to close the cut end.

Stuffing Tips

Fiberfill stuffing is a good alternative if you’d rather not use inserts or want to make a pillow with an unusual shape or size. Pull handfuls of stuffing apart to fluff it and get rid of any lumps. Starting with the pillow’s corners, push the fluffed stuffing in gently and firmly. Check the outside of the pillow as you go so you can catch any lumps or hollow spots before you finish stuffing. Once you’re happy with how it looks, hand-sew the pillow fabric closed.

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Refreshing a Dated Lampshade with New Fabric

If you have a lamp base you can’t stand to part with but aren’t too keen about the shade, don’t pitch it, recover it! Refreshing a dated lampshade with new fabric and trim is an easy project as well as a great way to add a custom touch to your home. Here’s what you need to in order to get this fun DIY project done.

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Supplies needed: Before you begin, gather together fabric, trim, scissors, paper (news, craft, butcher or brown wrapping), plastic clamps (or clothespins), and fabric glue. The design of your shade might not require all the supplies listed, but having them on hand will make your job much easier.

1. Select a fabric (and trim) you love. Take a good look around your home to determine what patterns and colors would complement your décor. Once you have an idea of what you want, start shopping around until you find the right fit. Whether or not you add trim will depend on the shape of the lamp as well as your personal style.

2. Create a template. To get your shade just right, you’ll need to create a template. To do that you need to:

  • Lay a large sheet of paper on a table or the floor.
  • Place the shade on its side, with the seam touching one end of the paper. You want to make sure there’s enough paper for the shade to make one full transition across it.
  • Slowly roll the shade (starting at the seam), tracing its path along the top and bottom as you go. Note: A drum shade will give you a rectangle, and a tapering shade will give you a curved shape on your paper.
  • Draw an additional inch around the pattern before you cut the template out. This extra paper will be for covering the top and bottom of the shade.

3. Cut out your fabric. Lay your piece of fabric face up and then place the template on top of it. Shift it around until you’re satisfied with the position and then pin it in place. Using the template as your guide, cut the fabric. To ensure a proper fit, test the fabric on the shade to see if any additional trimming needs to be done.

4. Attach the fabric. Apply the craft glue or spray adhesive to the wrong side of the fabric and adhere it to the shade. Tuck excess fabric over the edges, clamping it in place. Allow a 24 hour drying period before putting the shade back on the base. To ensure the glue doesn’t discolor or leave spots on your fabric, do a test run on a scrap piece.

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How to Design a Gender-Neutral Nursery

If you’re planning to be surprised by your baby’s gender, or just prefer something other than the traditional blue or pink, design a nursery that will work for a boy or a girl. With the right theme, a clever use of paint, and some personalization with prints and accessories, you can create the perfect space for your little bundle of joy.

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Choosing a Theme and Color

Choosing a theme is one of the best places to begin when planning a space for your baby. Animals, sea life, nature, and the alphabet are popular choices for a gender-neutral nursery. If a theme isn’t appealing, anchor the room around a particular color or graphic shape, such as circles, hexagons or quatrefoils.

When it comes to color, there are many ways to bring in color without it defining the room as boy or girl. One classic color combo widely associated with gender-neutral nurseries is yellow and green, but in recent years, more parents are branching out from that. Reds, oranges, and grays are some trendier colors that work beautifully for both boys and girls. If you’d rather something on the subtle side, setting white or other neutrals as the room’s foundation makes layering in a variety of hues effortless.

Play with different tones of one color or try two-tone walls for visual interest. Remember that colors often look darker on the walls than they do on a paint chip, so test large swatches of paint on the wall before making a commitment. Balance is the key to a peaceful space so keep furnishings light if you go bold with wall color and opt for darker furnishings when softer, soothing hues are chosen.

Adding Functional Details and Personal Touches

Little details and personal touches are what will make your baby’s nursery unique. Focus on incorporating functional features such as wicker baskets for storage, a rug, or decorative pillows for the glider. Not only will those things come in handy, but they’ll also help polish off the nursery’s design.

Personal touches encompass many things and make the room one of a kind. Consider fun art prints, decorative stenciling on the wall, or personal family photos and keepsakes. Wall letters or numbers can be painted in a fun way and used to decorate the space as well. When possible, have something custom made. Something like an upholstered glider or crib bedding can be extra special when custom made in a fabric you love. To top it off, don’t forget to throw in some soft toys that baby will love to play with once he or she is at home.