Squeaky Clean: A Shower Curtain




Hi All! I'm Angela from Cut To Pieces, and I'm back again today to share with you my latest project; The Squeaky Clean Shower Curtain.

 I recently moved to a new house and found myself in need of a new shower curtain for the bathroom my daughter mainly uses. I wanted to make something that would appeal to her little senses but also be appropriate for adults and guests. I spied Lucy's Crab Shack by Sweetwater and knew that it was meant to be! I chose the prints that were the most gender neutral to me and would work with my focal print with the large orange bicycles.

 The simplicity yet sophistication of the design allows me to have a patchwork shower curtain without it feeling too "homemade". The shower curtain is a hit with everyone in the house and will definitely grow well with my daughter!



12 Grommets with mounting hardware
7 - 19 Fat Quarters (I used 19 but you could repeat your fabrics and use fewer prints)
4 yards of laminated cotton canvas
1/4" wide steam a seam lite or other fabric glue
Small clips (for holding laminated canvas together)


Cut the laminate cotton canvas into (2) 65" length pieces. Discard the extra fabric.

Then cut one of the pieces to be 42 1/2" wide. (You are mostly taking off the selvages here)

Cut the second 65" long piece into (2) 15 1/4" wide pieces. Discard the extra fabric.

Sew the laminated cotton pieces rst along the length of each piece, centering the 42 1/2" wide piece between the two 15 1/4" wide pieces.

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  Use clips to help you hold the laminated cotton together as pins will most likely bend and cause puncture holes in the fabric.

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CAREFULLY press the seam allowance toward the outside, making sure not to stretch the laminated cotton or touch the iron to the laminated side of the print. Press from the back.

 Because the fabric is laminated, it will not fray, so we can leave the edges raw. Yay for less work!

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 At the top of the shower curtain, fold under the edge by 3/4". Again, CAREFULLY press this edge down using a pressing cloth to protect the fabric and your iron. A lower setting on your iron may also help prevent distortion.

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  Fold the edge again, this time by 4". Use that pressing cloth!

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  Using a laminated foot on your machine (or masking tape on the bottom of your presser foot), sew the folded edge in place along the top of the shower curtain.

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Across the top of the shower curtain, mark a dot on each end measuring in 1 1/2" from both the side and the top. Then continue to mark the grommet locations for the remaining 10 grommets approximately every 6 1/4" across, also 1 1/2" down from the top edge.

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Install the 12 grommets across the top of the shower curtain according to the manufacturer's instructions. You may find it helpful to use the grommet to trace the location and scissors to trim out any excess fabric before installing the grommets.

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Put aside the top portion of the shower curtain and pull out the fat quarters now.

Choose 1 fat quarter to be the running strip across the width of the shower curtain. (Mine is the blue polka dot print). Cut (4) strips 2 1/2" wide and sew them together at each short end.

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TIP: Some leftover Jelly Roll Strips would also work perfectly here!

 Take your remaining fat quarters (I used 18 different ones) and cut (1) 4 1/2" x 20" strip from each. (They are easily cut on the fold)

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Sew the strips rst along the long side in a pleasing random order. Press your seam allowances open.

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REALITY CHECK: At this point your newly sewn strips should be a half inch wider than your laminated cotton upper portion of the shower curtain (which is 72"). Check to see if the fat quarters are indeed a half inch wider than the laminated cotton. If they are not (It's REALLY easy to lose some length with all of those seam allowances), then simply add on another fat quarter strip of the width you need to get your dimensions to work. This is a very forgiving pattern and no one will notice an extra strip on one end that a little different than the others. ;)

Sew your long 2 1/2" wide strip (again, mine is the blue polka dot) across the top of the sewn strips using a 1/4" seam allowance and trim it to match your fat quarter strip.


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Fold the short edge of each side under by 1/4" and press.

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Then fold the long bottom edge under by a 1/4" and press it as well.

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Line up the top of the fat quarter strips with the bottom of the laminated fabric, right sides together. Be sure to keep the 1/4" edges folded in.

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Hold the two pieces together using the clips again. If your pieces do not align perfectly, see the Reality Check portion above. Sew the laminated cotton to the fat quarter strips along the long edge using a 1/4" seam allowance.

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 CAREFULLY press the fat quarter strips down with the seam allowance pressed in the direction of the fat quarter strips. Top stitch the seam allowance in place along the top of the fat quarter strips.

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Now apply the 1/4" steam a seam lite to the folded edge of the fat quarter strip according to the manufacturer's instructions. We are essentially "gluing" the fabric in place on the back side because it will be too difficult to use pins for this next step.

Flip the strips around to the back, WRONG sides together, and carefully place the folded edge of the bottom fat quarter strip on top of the seam allowance between the top of the fat quarter strip and the bottom of the laminated cotton. Allow the adhesive to hold the piece in place.

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Top stitch a second time FROM THE FRONT across the top of the fat quarter strips to permanently attach the fabric in place.

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Lay the shower curtain flat and press the bottom fold of the shower curtain, moving your way from the top of the fat quarter strip to the bottom.

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Pin your short folded sides together and stitch along each short side and across the bottom of the shower curtain.

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For aesthetic reasons, you may want to stitch more places together. I chose to also top stitch along the bottom of my blue polka dot print to match the top stitching above.

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You now have a shower curtain with laminated cotton on the top and cotton fabric on the bottom with all the seams nicely concealed.

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Take a step back and admire your new shower curtain! (This was the only time I could get a relatively decent shot of the whole thing)


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Hang it up in your bathroom and ENJOY!


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1 Shower Curtain approximately 72" x 72" just perfect for the kids or the kid in you!


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Please note: I still hang this with a clear plastic liner as the back of the shower curtain is not water proof. Also, please check the dimensions of your own tub/shower before starting to confirm that this is the desired size you need. For a shower you may easily choose to make this less wide!

If you make this pattern or any of my other patterns here on Moda Bakeshop, please add your photos to my group on Flickr, Cut to Pieces, and the Moda Bakeshop group. I'd love to see them!

Angela Pingel
{Cut to Pieces}

118 comments:

materialgirlquilts said...

Angela, great design. I love Lucy's Crab Shack!

Melissa Corry said...

That is so cute Angela!!!

Mary Grace McNamara said...

That shower curtain is just too cute! I love the big bicycles! I'm in the process of making 2 tote bags using Lucy's Crab Shack charm packs and some yardage, and just love every print in the line!

MGM

Cindy said...

Brilliant! I can easily imagine making this for a college dorm. Wouldn't this fabric be great for a cyclist?!

Allegory said...

Hmm. I just might be making a shower curtain next month! I hadn't ever thought about using the laminated cotton!

Heather D. said...

What a cool idea! Love it!

Katie B. said...

Very clever!

traceyjay said...

Why do I have Love Shack going through my head right now???
Cute shower curtain! Looks great... and good job on those grommets. :) ;)

april said...

Love it! Beautiful curtain! Mine definitely needs an update:). I too am loving Lucy's Crab Shack.

Karen P. said...

It looks great! Love those big bikes!!

Cristin said...

adorable shower curtain and GREAT instructions! thank you!

butwehavethistreasure said...

Love it.

B Greene said...

Love the inventive ideas of how to use beautiful fabric! Thanks!

Norma's Clay said...

So cute and fresh! Thanks, Angela. Great idea.

knottygnome said...

i'm in need of a new shower curtain and your tutorial is definitely food for thought. thanks!

krislovesfabric said...

Great tutorial, this really looks like a good way to use the laminated fabrics!

stephmabry said...

Love the pattern! I have made my own shower curtain recently - just gotta finish up those pesky grommets!

verykerryberry said...

It was worth persevering with this project, great effect!

Janet said...

This is great! Love the fabrics. If I had access to some laminate fabric I might try it out.

Mom C said...

Very nice. A while ago I purchased a shower curtain that I really like. Several weeks later I found the exact fabric for sale. Until then I hadn't made the connection between fabric and shower curtains. Duh! Like yours lots.

Patti Shanks said...

Fantastic tutorial! Love the bicycle fabric.

TriMama said...

Looks great!

Scrapatches said...

Thanks for the great idea and wonderful tutorial. Really appreciate all the photos and tips and tricks for handling the laminated cotton. Love the fabrics ... :) Pat

Flaun of I Plead Quilty! said...

Love the laminate bicycle print!

Gill said...

What a great idea!
I love the fabrics you've used!

memmens said...

Gorgeous - makes me want to take down our shower screen!

marth225 said...

such a novel ideal - I'll have to try this

Melissa said...

Using masking tape on the bottom of the presser foot to sew the laminated cloth is a great tip!

Nicole @ Patchwork Duck Designs said...

Great tutorial...thanks for the inspiration!

If Toys Could Talk said...

Another great design Angela!

Alisa said...

Great tutorial. Love the masking tape tip. Thanks!

Colleen said...

So cute! The colors fit my bathroom!

Erin said...

Great tutorial, and super cute curtain!

Kelly Smith said...

What a cute idea! I really need to start sewing with laminated cotton! So fun!

Lee said...

Thanks for the tutorial. The fabric is cute!

Jennifer Gail said...

Good job Angela. I need to ride a bicycle. I like your fabric choice.

Becky said...

The bicycle fabric is ADORABLE! This looks like such a fun project.

Lisa Marie said...

This is totally adorable and so clever. I've never thought to MAKE a shower curtain!

jmj said...

great idea, love that bike fabric

Denise in PA said...

Angela - this is fabulous! And I love the fabrics o:)

Terry@ iluvmybugs said...

What a fun shower curtain..love the fabric...thanks for the tutorial!

everinprogress said...

Love the bicycles- so fun!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Very cute and clever!!

Mike Pearson said...

All I can say is: WOW!

Linda said...

WHAT A NEAT TUTORIAL!
THIS IS A KEEPER!
THANKS FOR SHARING!

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wonkeybobbin said...

I love laminated cotton and this is a perfect excuse to use up lots of it!

Danielle Hudson said...

This is great! And It matches you bathroom so well!

Kathryn said...

I love your design, and your choice of fabric.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Cute, but, where's that 13th grommet? Turned out great!

Jenelle said...

I'm so glad this turned out so well! Fantastic tutorial Angela!

Celine said...

This is so original! Well done.

Gemma said...

Excellent tutorial and pics.

Kacey said...

I haven't sewed with laminate before- thanks for making it seem doable!

JustPam said...

Great tutorial and wonderful tips for sewing with laminate!

robin said...

Thanks! I should try this. :)

Kimberly Cassie said...

What a GREAT idea! Thanks for sharing.

Ella said...

Such a great way to get to see favorite fabric EVERY day!

Carrie P. said...

what a fun shower curtain. great tip to use those little clips. thanks for sharing.

Sabrina said...

This is so cute! I might have to try this for my little girl's bathroom.

LM said...

Love the fun fabric combination.

Cathy said...

Cute!!!

Deb said...

great curtain!

Melissa said...

Great tute, love Lucy's Crab Shack!

Lisa Cox said...

Love the fabric choices. And this seems simple enough. When my MIL finally decides that her pink shower curtain can leave the main bathroom in our house, I think I will make my own. Thanks.

Tamie said...

Love, love the bicycle fabric.

Libby said...

Great tutorial. I am still a little afraid of laminate cotton, but some day I may be bold enough to try it.

supersara20 said...

Love this shower curtain. I am working on one right now made from Reunion and dresden plates!

Julie said...

That looks so cute! I love the fat quarter strips at the bottom and all the top stitching looks so professional!

Amy said...

I love this idea! We are moving and I will definitely be following this tutorial! Thanks!

Jennyroo said...

Left you some love over at the Bake Shop. Great shower curtain, great fabric, how can you go wrong???!!! LOL!

Heidi Staples said...

Such a great idea, and I love that fabric line!

Laura said...

I love your tutorial!

andri. said...

Cute:)
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Ali said...

I'm in the middle of making a much simpler shower curtain already, but I'd love to tackle one using laminates, and there's some useful tips on there for me!

Pile O Fabric said...

Great idea to use laminated cotton. Pinned to my want to sew board!

Rachelle said...

Very cool, I almost regret that our shower has a glass door

Debuko said...

That is so cute Angela!!! Great colors!

JoyceLM said...

Great tutorial. I'm wanting to make some new shower curtains when we get our bathrooms renovated. Thanks.

Mimi said...

Love your fabric choices and design - cool!!

Nancy said...

BOO HOO. I have a door and no need for myself. Need to find someone to decorate!! Ha.

Jo Robertson said...

Great idea and love the fabric!

Lettyb said...

This is so cute I may make one even though I don't need it!

Allison C said...

Cute and I love the orange bike fabric!

Grandma Sue said...

You have a gift of putting colors and fabrics together to make such beautiful things! I enjoy checking your blog regularly. Love the bike fabric.

Mhairi said...

Thanks for another wonderful tutorial. I love the fact that you are showing how to use laminates in such an innovative way.

cpup40 said...

This is so cute!! I need to make me one, thanks for the tutorial.

cpup40 said...

I like the following fabric combination - Sashiko Dragonfly Cotton Fabric Indigo Japanese Import and the Sashiko Medallion Cotton Fabric Indigo Japanese Import

Marcia R said...

What a cute curtain! Makes me wanna go ahead and throw my old one away so that I can make a new one!

Katarina said...

This is a great idea! Thank you very much.

Margaret said...

I love the fabrics you chose. You make it all look so easy even I could make this one.

╰☆╮ Barb ╰☆╮ said...

I just bought more Lucy's Crab Shack fabrics yesterday and can't wait to get home to start sewing them up! Love the shower curtain - neat idea and very easy design.

Amorette said...

clever! i can never find a shower curtain i like (that doesn't cost a bundle) so i will make one!

Lori said...

Your curtain looks wonderful. Thanks for the tutorial.
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Laura said...

This is such a great shower curtain! I think I need to make one!

Bobster126 said...

Just in time! My daughter just asked me to make her a shower cutain for her new house! Thank you so much!

LethargicLass said...

This is a great tutorial Angela! I like that it makes something like this seem doable to me :)

Rosa said...

It`s fantastic and love the fabrics choices.I haven´t used laminated fabrics!

cherylj said...

Beautiful project and great instructions as usual

Marci Girl said...

Such a great project Angela! You are ever so talented!

Margaret and Larry said...

What a great use of laminated cotton. I never would have thought of this.

Katy Cameron said...

I just love this line, and I really love seeing fabric used for projects other than quilts, thanks Angela :o)

hueisei said...

Thanks for the tutorial!

Amanda Echler said...

This is a great idea!

Fran said...

This is so gorgeous Angela! Thanks for the tutorial.

Dreamingof03 - Heather said...

I love how this turned out. I jave a 10 year old hand me down curtain that seriously needs an update. I am in love with the blue black and white plaid fabric.

Pat V. said...

This is definitely cute!

kbzelazny said...

Can't wait to make one for myself!

Gwen said...

Great idea! Great tutorial!! I need to make one of these!! :-)

Jennifer said...

I wasn't a real fan of this fabric line until I saw your curtain! How cute!! The bathroom upstairs is one we all share, so with 4 boys and 3 girls, I need something truly gender neutral. This would be great!

Carla G said...

Very cute! Love this made with Lucy's Crab Shack fabric! Thanks for the tutorial! :)

Jennie said...

I absolutely love this fabric - what a great choice for a shower curtain!

feelincrafty said...

I so need a new shower curtain! This one is adorable. And I love the fabrics!

Rebecca said...

I love this! My kids are in need of a new shower curtain. Pinning this tutorial.

Anne-Marie said...

I love this shower curtain! I have shower doors but will use this project to make gifts for sure! Great tutorial!

Wendy said...

I need to find someone to make this for! I have a phobia of shower curtains myself, I can't bear them touching me but I still want to make one!

Susanne said...

What a great idea to use laminates :)

Baye said...

I can't wait to give this a try.

Richard Healey said...

Great tutorial.