11.09.12

MAKE IT / 23

our last DIY…pretty simple, right? this one is a little more work but definitely worth it. i really do feel like there is a shortage of good looking shower curtains out there, so we thought we would give it a shot. you can choose colors you love and make something that really fits your aesthetic.

what you’ll need:

• white shower curtain (we used a cotton one with a waffle weave)
• medium gauge yarn, Martha Stewart Cotton Hemp yarn works well for this project
• large yarn needle with a sharp point
• graph paper
• ruler
• scissors
• disappearing ink marker
• pencil

the steps:

• on a piece of graph paper draw several rows of geometric shapes and lines on a scale of 1 square to 1 inch (our total design area on our standard 72×72 inch curtain was 36 inches high and runs the width). we made quite a few drawings before we decided on our final design, so feel free to experiment a little before you commit to one. it’s very fun and relaxing just sketching to see what you can come up with.

• using your drawing as your guide, transfer the design to your curtain using a disappearing ink pen. it’s easiest if you start by marking a center and base line on the curtain first to help you keep everything straight as you go along. you can also make other guide lines as you work since you are using ink that will fade away, so don’t worry if your curtain is crazy with drawing lines. remember, 1 square on your graph paper is equal to 1 inch on your curtain.

• once you have your design sketched out, sew the lines of the shapes with several colors of yarn and needle. we used a back stitch to create the look of a continuous line but you could also use a chain or whip stitch as well. we made the length of our stitches about 1 inch. (if you are not familiar with embroidery stitches and techniques there are plenty of great free video tutorials available online which are well worth checking out)

• take care to gently pull the yarn straight as you’re sewing and keep your fabric flat so that the stitching doesn’t cause the fabric to pucker. If the size of the curtain seems too large to manage, an embroidery hoop can be used to isolate a work area. we have a large table in our studio which we found easy enough to sew on, but if you’re tight on space or not accustomed to working with large sewing projects a hoop is a great option.

• when your done sewing carefully iron your design to make your work nice and crisp. we recommend that you spot clean or dry clean your curtain whenever necessary to ensure that your work is kept in top condition.

***be sure to take note of how many hours it takes for the ink of your marking pen to fade, usually between 48-72 hours, and be sure to get all of your stitching done within that amount of time.

project by: natalie shriver for designlovefest
photos by: kimberly genevieve
more DIY projects here

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  • 1. Kara  |  November 9th, 2012 at 6:13 am

    Great project! That’s some needle!

  • 2. Courtney Kennedy  |  November 9th, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Wow! I love this, it is so simple and looks great in a bathroom. I agree, there is a shortage of cute shower curtains out there. This looks great, I can’t wait to try my own spin on one!

    -Courtney

  • 3. Catfish & Caviar  |  November 9th, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Wish I knew how to sew bc this is too cute!

  • 4. svannah  |  November 9th, 2012 at 8:28 am

    All about this idea. Fantastic home idea. thanks for the share.
    Lord Ashbury.

  • 5. sue  |  November 9th, 2012 at 8:32 am

    sweet, love the colours… i think these would sell like the proverbial hot cakes!

  • 6. emily  |  November 9th, 2012 at 9:32 am

    This is the cutest thing! I’ll have to give it a go!

  • 7. Sarah Hearts  |  November 9th, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Such a fun weekend project! If only my shower didn’t have glass doors!

  • 8. Kari  |  November 9th, 2012 at 9:44 am

    most exciting DIY I’ve seen in a long time – just awesome

  • 9. tianna @ Suffocated Bliss  |  November 9th, 2012 at 11:58 am

    LOVE this project idea. Fun shower curtains can be quite expensive, so doing it yourself can still give you a nice one, without the cost.

    – tianna :)

  • 10. Eliza  |  November 9th, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Wow. Just wow. It’s about time someone came up with THE CUTEST DIY ever! I <3 DesignLoveFest!

    I will be trying this soon!

  • 11. Noor  |  November 9th, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Oh that is gorgeous but I wish I had the patience to do something like this.

  • 12. lydia {ever ours}  |  November 9th, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    this is so neat!

  • 13. Pink Ronnie  |  November 9th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    This is such a neat idea – totally agree that there aren’t that many great shower curtains out there. Great work, you guys!
    Ronnie xo

  • 14. Latrina  |  November 11th, 2012 at 10:11 am

    How fun. :D I love your DIY posts, especially when it involves something for the home. Such great ideas!

  • 15. emily  |  November 11th, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    I love this DIY!! Would be so simple, thanks for the info!!!

    Emily
    emilyp711.wordpress.com

  • 16. Charity Sarah  |  November 11th, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    I’ve been meaning to make my own shower curtain for AGES! You’re so right… there really is a shortage of attractive ones out there. I love how you went the sewing route… I’m dreaming of attempting to paint one like this: http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lgzqasyjlo1qa8q3oo1_500.jpg

  • 17. Mandy DeTurk  |  November 12th, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    so cute!!!

  • 18. invitation consultants  |  November 12th, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    fun and unique!

  • 19. Jordan  |  November 12th, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    That looks awesome! I definitely agree – I can never find one with a good design in the right colors. Next time I’ll just have to make my own!

  • 20. Hattie Crook  |  November 13th, 2012 at 5:43 am

    Love love love this! So clever! from @peppermintplace xo

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