The last time I made a shower curtain for this bathroom, I made it with button holes. Button holes are quite nice but really, I love grommets. They’re so clean and sleek. The best part is that you install grommets with a hammer. You know what that means, right? All of your frustrations can be taken out on your do it yourself project. Say it with me, “It’s hammer time.” Bam, bam, bam! Frustrations are gone.
The problem with 55” wide fabric is that when you’re sewing a shower curtain that’s wider, you have to piece the fabric together. I like to press the fabric first, pin it, and then sew it. If you pin it lengthwise on your ironing board, you can place your pins in place into the ironing board. Then put your straight pins in when it’s lined up.
Put plenty of pins into the fabric but make sure you take them out before you sew over them. Sewing over pins is bad for your sewing machine.
Once your fabric is pinned, stitch it into place.
Then, press everything with a hot iron. You can’t sew without pressing.
The bathroom project is almost done. I love how the shower curtain turned out. Now, onto the Roman shade for the window.
What’s your latest sewing project? Have you ever tried grommets?
10 thoughts on “Shower Curtains and Grommets”
I love that flower print such great colors. I also love grommets and snaps anything you can hammer on is good for me!
Oh, thank you!! I love the colors, too. I hope to see you at Crafty Friday tomorrow…I’m not bringing my hammer.
I recently made a cover for a small table with some old curtains that a friend gave me. I used some of the same fabric for the skirt on a gourd doll I’m working on. Haven’t needed grommets recently but I did once use them on a renaissance costume.
Oh, very nice! I love the re-using curtains to make something else…thanks for leaving a comment, Lisa!
While volunteering with the NAMES Project Quilt (colloquially known as the AIDS Quilt), one of my positions was Grommet Slave, which meant I hammered grommets into the heavy canvas that borders each panel.
The grommets are for the plastic ties that bind the individual panels together when sections of the Quilt are taken on tour. In the 80s we took the entire Quilt to Washington, D.C. several times, but it’s now grown far too large to transport and display in its entirety.
I’ve never used grommets for any home dec projects, but I think your shower curtain looks fantastic.
What a wonderful volunteer project for you to be involved with and I love your title. Thanks for the compliment on the shower curtain!!
I love grommets, too (and Grommet, the film star!), especially the tiny ones for card making and scrapbooking. Must find a way to use the big ones in a future sewing project. Thanks for your inspiration, Sara.
I’ve never used the tiny ones but have looked at them longingly. They may be too dainty for my fingers and the big hammer I use…Thanks Michelle!
The illustration wisely depicts lining up the fabric pieces so the design is continuous — a really important detail for new sewers to see. Maybe add that in future posts 🙂
This is too elaborate for non-sewers. I like using bargain yardage or even sheets and attaching them with clip rings. This is a window curtain fixture, inexpensive and the little clips grab the fabric. No need for rings of any kind, or holes in the shower curtain. Makes it easier to re-use.
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