Good morning, everyone! I’m back for my yearly home decor post here on the Mood Sewing Network 😛
If you follow my personal blog, you may know that I have recently moved! Yes, again. Yes, I move(d) a lot. Hopefully that won’t be happening again anytime soon, though, as I recently purchased my first home! I’ve spent the last couple of months getting everything unpacked and set up, and now I feel like I can finally really start making this place my own!
For my first makeover, I focused on the bathroom. This room is really small, and while it has been tastefully updated (I’d love to see the old bathroom as I’m sure it was some kind of amazing 1950s pink tile dream of a room), I found the whole thing to be relatively bland. Here is a before picture:
I understand grey is a very trendy color right now, but it is NOT my thing. I’m a woman who loves bright, saturated colors all over the place – not in little “pops.” Go big or go home, that’s my motto! So while there is nothing necessarily offensive about the before, I knew I could make it much more bright and cheerful with a few updates.
I started with choosing a paint color – which is “Simply Coral” by Behr. I like this coral because it’s more pink than orange, but not tooo pink. I knew it would look great with the white beadboard and also work with the black trim (it’s hard to tell in these photos, but the doors were also painted black. Not my choice, but I’ll live with it!). Plus, it would brighten the room up! After that, I was on a mission to find my ~perfect~ shower curtain. Which – spoiler! – apparently does not exist. I knew exactly what I wanted, but nothing was quite hitting that mark. Either the colors weren’t right, or the leaves were too big (like, as big as I am), or the curtain was made of some awful plastic-y material that just looked… cheap. Plus, shower curtains are expensive! I don’t mind paying for something that I truly love, but I also wasn’t finding anything I loved.
On a whim, I checked out Mood Fabrics‘s home decor fabric and came across what is basically the shower curtain I was dreaming of! This Dark Green Tropical leaves printed woven is the right weight – opaque but not heavy – with a prominent weave that gives it a lovely texture (and I think makes it look more expensive!). The leaves are the perfect size, and come in a couple other colors too – but I loved that dark green! I bought 3.5 yards, which was about the max I could afford on my Mood budget.
Sewing this was really easy, once I got past the brain-bending maths part! Funny, this actually isn’t the first shower curtain I’ve ever made – I recall sewing a black one back in 2007 for a bathroom redo – but it has definitely been a looong time time I have embarked on this endeavor, and furthermore, I’m definitely a better seamstress now than I was back then!
To start, I measured my current shower curtain and wrote those down (68″ wide by 71.5″ long, which I think is pretty standard). I then added in seam allowances, which gave me cutting dimensions of 69.5″ wide and 75.5″ long. Despite having a full 3.5 yards of this fabric, I was a little short and could not get the full length and width without piecing my fabric together. Wider fabric would have solved this, but this particular piece is only 55″ wide (and I needed… well, almost 70″). I knew I was going to have to piece this, but I wasn’t keen on doing a center seam as the print isn’t super balanced and would be hard to match. So instead, I pieced along either side of the curtain, adding side panels that were approximately 7.25″ wide. Having them on either side makes them look intentional, I think, and doesn’t make the unmatched design look as jarring. I sewed these on with flat-felled seams, which, again, I think makes it look a bit more intentional.
Another problem I encountered was not having quite enough length for the finished curtain! I had started by cutting the entire yardage in half (so I had two pieces that were 1.75 yards long, which I used one to add the side panels to the other), which left me with a length that was just barely long enough to work. I didn’t mind having a slightly shorter curtain, however, I wanted to preserve as much of the length as possible! So I used my leftover fabric after adding the panels to attach facings to the top and bottom of the curtain, sewing with a 1/4″ seam allowance and then using the entirety of the facing to turn back and topstitch for the top and hem. With the hem being 1″ and the top taking about 3″ of fabric (as it is turned the full amount twice), I was able to save quite a bit of length by doing this! I am currently brainstorming ways to add a little more length to the bottom – possibly with some pom pom trim or fringe! – but the current length definitely works 🙂
To finish the curtain, I added buttonholes along the top edge to hold the shower curtain hooks. I used my old curtain to help me get the measurements right, and then sat and waited while my machine sewed 12 buttonholes. LOL. Interestingly, I did not use interfacing for this part. The original curtain does not use it, so I decided to go with their lead. Since the fabric at the top is turned twice, there are plenty of layers behind the buttonhole for stability. And since I am not using the buttonhole very frequently, there’s not a lot of wear happening up there so I think the uninterfaced part is fine. Time will tell!
All in all, I spent about 3 hours on this project. That included all the measuring, cutting, and sewing. Obviously with the cost of the fabric, this was not a money-saving project – but it could be, if you used less expensive fabric. For me, it was a way to get exactly what I wanted and I could not be more thrilled with the outcome. I especially loved figuring out ways to solve the puzzle of getting this to work with the amount of fabric that I had. In the future, if I were to make this again, I may go with a full 4 yards as I think that would be enough to give the proper length without needing to add facings.
This was a really fun project, and I think the finished curtain definitely adds some life to the new bathroom!