Making this shower curtain you saw in my post Bathroom #2 Updates for Impact may seem a little intimidating. I promise – it’s not hard.
Cut one width of fabric at 82″ long. (With a double 2″ bottom hem and a double 3″ header, you will have a finished length of 72″.) After taking your rod-to-floor measurement, you may need to adjust my numbers accordingly.
Split this fabric width down the center.
I separated the two strips to demonstrate how the center panel will fit between.
Making The Insert Strip
Cut a block of burlap 23″ x 23″.
Cut two sections of your main fabric at 23″ wide and 31″long. Sew the two fabric blocks to opposite ends of the burlap square.
A French seam works well to eliminate raw or surged edges on the back side. (See my DIY French Seams in a Flash post.)
Here’s the look at the back side of the french seam. Nice and neat.
Press the seams well.
Sew the center strip to each side piece. Here is one side attached.
Below, both are attached, so your curtain base is complete and ready for hemming and header.
Since the burlap square is surrounded with seams, it has neat corners.
Press and sew double 1′ side hems as shown in my Ruffled Shower Curtain Tutorial.
Header and Shower Rod Ring Holes
Fold and press a double 3″ hem across the top of the panel, just as you did the side hems. Same process, different measurement. Top stitch header across the width of the shower curtain.
Now follow the Ruffled Shower Curtain Tutorial for buttonholes or grommets for the shower curtain rings.
The Bottom Hem
Fold and press a double 2″ hem along the bottom. Top stitch to secure, just as you did the side hems and header.
Painting the Monogram
For the initial, cut out a letter from poster board. The straight lines of the H were simple, so I just drew it off with a ruler and cut it out. Paint a practice run on scrap so you can make adjustments before painting the real thing. I tested it on scrap burlap for a trial. It worked great.
You’ll probably want a letter template, so here’s a link to the monogram page at The Graphics Fairy. She has some beautiful monograms!
Place two layers of paper under the burlap to absorb bleed-through.
Center the letter template in the burlap square and paint with craft paint for fabric. Load paint onto a flat round brush (Wal-Mart craft section) and pounce the paint onto the fabric rather than painting with strokes.
I used Tulip Slick approved for fabric.
Lift the template straight up off the surface. Carefully removed curtain from paper beneath and hang it flat over the shower rod to dry several hours or overnight.
Now your monogrammed shower curtain is ready to hang. Woo hoo!
NOTE: You may have noticed my final burlap square was more of a rectangle. I had some fabric dye-lot issues with the two remnant pieces I was using, and the colors were not an exact match. So, when I made a second center panel for a better color match, I ran short of fabric.
I made the burlap portion longer than the measurements I gave you above. You really can make the burlap insert any size you wish.
Is this something you might like to make? Which monogram did you like at The Graphics Fairy?
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