Monday, February 20, 2012

Almost No Sew Shower Curtain!

 I wrote a post this summer about loving Marimekko Style Designs.
There are examples of how Marimekko inspired designs seem to be in lots of places in the house!

Check out this post to see how these fabrics in our house!

A couple of years ago, we painted the upstairs bathroom a very deep chocolate brown.  The shower curtain that I put up right after we painted was made from this fabric. 

(I don't have a picture of what it looked like because seriously....BEFORE I BLOGGED I don't take pictures in my bathroom! Go Figure!) 

 Now this is nice enough fabric....but then on a trip to the fabric store....

I fell in love....(well in like anyway) with this print!

I used one of my trusty "Almost No Sew"  techniques...

My definition of "Almost No Sew" is: 
  • Something that can be done with fusible web or a glue gun instead of a sewing machine.  
Now....since I have a sewing machine and know how to use it....I actually do the stitching....but you WOULD NOT have to if you want to make this...
I made this BIB (BEFORE I BLOGGED)...
So alas no tutorial or pictures of the project in progress....

Here are some simple written directions:

To make a shower curtain you will need 2 Lengths of fabric (typical drapery fabric is 54-60 inches wide).
1. Measure how long you want the curtain and add at least 2 inches for the top and bottom hems.

  • I bought 4 yards of the that is pretty spendy for me because even with a coupon this stuff was $9 a yard....but I was  in love with it!

2. Cut 2 pieces of fabric that is 12 inches by the width of the fabric....
  • This is for your tabs
3. Cut the fabric in 2 pieces and seam them together (straight seam on the machine or fusible webbing will work...never tried to glue gun....but why not)
  • Now you have a big wide square..... 
4. Fold both sides in about and inch to make a nice clean edge....again use a simple straight stitch or fusible web to do this.

5.  Cut the tabs out of the 12 inch piece of fabric.... 8 x 12 pieces
  • You get 14 tabs out of the 2 12 inch pieces of 60 inch wide fabric.
6. Fold the 8 inch tabs with the seam on the inside....
  • press them nice and flat with the seam at the back.
  • Fold them in half and you are ready to attach them to the top of the curtain.

7.  Fold the top hem of the shower curtain over and run a stitch across or...fuse it.

8.  Pin your tabs evenly across the top....
  • I start by putting one on each end and one in the middle and then figure the best placement from there.
  • I sew a straight row of stitching close to the top and then one more about 3 inches down.
  • this is where I think a glue gun would give a nice strong attachment if you don't want to sew!
9.  Measure your curtain to make sure you know how long you want it....then turn up the bottom for a nice hem.

I have a plain white tension rod that makes it easy to hang the curtain....with a liner behind it!

There you have it!

A few coordinating touches....

A fun little GW plate in the perfect colors...

The Paisley Candle...(here is how I did that)

I found this great print in a book of prints at GW!
A little matting with my trusty mat cutter....and a GW frame!

The orange and brown matting really pop against the brown wall!

I don't really like to use artificial flowers....but these orange tulips will have to do least until the coral charm peonies bloom!

Since I did this project BIB (before I blogged) and I don't have photos....I thought you might need to visit some sites with the actual tutorial for tab top curtains...

 This site has lots of ideas for easy window treatments....well worth the visit!
 Alternative Windows  -

This site is just funny....
Home Staging-Why Stitch

And at The Nester worth checking her sit on the toilet to iron her curtain!

I read that the "2012 Color of the Year is Tangerine Tango"....
I guess since I made my curtain in 2011....I am a trend setter....LOL!

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Here are my other Almost No Sew Posts
Almost No Sew Box Cushions

Almost No Sew Throws

Almost No Sew BedSkirt

Linky Parties
The Daily DYI

Cedar Hill Ranch


Paulette said...

Beautiful! I love the color combination. My bathroom is so small with, no window, and enough room for a sink, tub, and toilet, that it has to be painted a light color. I think I have bathroom envy, oh how sad it that!

Connie @ Measured by the Heart said...

I am happy to be your newest lf follower. I am coming over from the linky followers blog hop. If you would like to follow back, I can be found at

Elegant Economies said...

I make my tabs the same way! Who needs to measure when you can start on the ends and the middle? Following on Linky and GFC.
Blessings, Audrey

Stasha said...

Very pretty. I heard tangerine will be the trend this summer.

Bumblebee and Sophie said...

I like the curtain fabric, goes nicely with the chocolate brown! I am in the process of painting my "kids" kids at home anymore. thanks for posting!

Balancing said...

I love the colors in this bathroom!

Lori said...

Glad to see you again on the Linky hop...I'm following with GFC and LF. I would love if you stopped by and followed back, so we can stay connected. Lori

Katherines Corner said...

beautiful! I love the warm colors too.Thank you for linking it to the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop linky party xo

Unknown said...

What a pretty bathroom. What a great idea to link the tutorial since it was prior blogging. I am a new blogger and I am amazed how I take so many photos and how I look at the world differently now. I am so enjoying each moment as I am planning on how to share it. I am loving this Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop Linky Parky!!

My Turn (for us)

Thanks, I enjoyed the visit!

Unknown said...

I love the post and peonies are my favorite flower. Following you LInky and GFC via the Thursday hop. So glad to have found your blog. Hope to see for a visit on my blog. Donna

Stacey said...

Nice Mary! I prefer almost no-sew as well! I did some curtains this way. Would love to have you stop over for my Creative Inspirations linky party happening now!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Carol, The Answer Is Chocolate said...

Beautiful! Love the fabric pattern and colors and your bathroom looks great. Thanks for linking up!

Honey at 2805 said...

How pretty! The fabric and colors are so attractive. Thank you for sharing your creative idea at Potpourri Friday!

Stacey said...

Beautiful and great for us non-sewers! I am so grateful! Thanks for linking up - I am so happy you came by! please come by again Thursday to link up again!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Unknown said...

That fabric is amazing and I think so many can use this tutorial. Featuring it on Tickled Pink!


Thank you so much for linking up to "Cowgirl Up!". I really appreciate your participation. See you next week!


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