TUTORIAL: Dropcloth Shower Curtain

by Dana on March 6, 2014

Back when we were prepping the old house to sell, I had the hardest time finding a shower curtain for the kid’s bathroom.

I know.  A shower curtain.
That’s easy!  There are so many options out there.  And if you can’t find one, they’re super easy to make.  But for some reason the vibe wasn’t meshing in my brain.
Until I noticed people painting curtains with fun stripes.
Duh!  You know I love to paint stripes, and stripes, and more stripes.
And it finally all came together.

And I loved it so much that it was the first item I brought over to the new house (and spent 30 minutes trying to secure the blasted curtain rod in place, with my arm muscles burning, and the rod falling on me three times).   But aside from that silly fiasco, the curtain is easy to make and looks so fantastic when you’re done!

And I really love this idea of using a painter’s dropcloth as fabric because the tan cloth has a real natural, almost linen look to it with slight nubbiness here and there.  It gives the bathroom a cool beach-feel, which is exactly what I wanted.

Okay, the concept is obvious, but here are some tips to help along the way.

• Start with a painters drop cloth.  Purchase these at any home improvement or paint store.  Iron the cloth as best you can to get wrinkles out before painting (since it will be hard to iron over the paint when you’re done unless you use a press cloth over the top).

• Determine the measurements of your curtain. There are no rules here but you probably want the bottom of the curtain to fall 2-3 inches from the floor.  The dropcloth should already be sewn around the edges, so you can use one end of the dropcloth as your bottom hem for the curtain (no sewing! yay!) Leave some room at the top so you can fold it over and sew a top hem in place.  You can do this before or after you paint the stripes…though it probably makes more sense to do it before.  Just cut the cloth to your desired height, fold the edge under 1/2 inch, then fold it under another couple inches (or however chunky you want the top to look) and then sew it in place. OR….if you don’t want to sew, just hot glue it in place!

• Then determine the width and spacing of your stripes.  I painted 5-inch wide stripes and spaced them 7 inches apart because I wanted a little variation.   You can do it however you want.

• Lay the dropcloth over a plastic tarp or something that can get messy, because some paint will seep through to the back side.

• Tape the stripes in place with painters tape.  This is a two-person job.  Casey and I started at the bottom of the cloth and we each measured up 7 inches, then we pulled the tape from one side to the other carefully pressing it in place, trying to keep it straight, and pressing firmly so no paint could seep out the sides of the tape.

• Roll paint into the striped areas.  A skinny roller brush is helpful.
• Let it dry and apply a second coat if necessary.
• Remove the tape!  This is always the fun part.  The cloth may stick slightly to the tarp underneath. Just peel it back and admire your fantasticly stripey cloth.

Now, if your painting skills are anything like mine….there’s always that deflated moment when you realize that some paint DID seep through the tape.  Arrrrrggg.  On walls, that’s not a problem.  On fabric, it sort of is.
But have no fear.
There’s a solution!

I used small scraps of dropcloth to create a “patch” for the painted areas, I ironed the patch to fusible webbing (like Wonder Under), then ironed the other side right to the curtain!  More details in this tutorial here.
Check out this before and after photo below….it worked great!

In certain light you can see the patch.  But when the curtain is up, you never notice it.  Can you find the two spots in the photo below?…..
(okay, they’re in the middle of the middle tan stripe).

One final step.
• Determine how you’d like to hang the curtains. I love that metal-hardware look of grommets (also called Eyelets) so that’s what I’ll show you here.
• Purchase a package of Extra Large Eyelets from any fabric or craft store.
Read the directions on the package for specific details.  And here are some tips.
• Evenly space and mark where each eyelet will be placed.  At each marker, cut a hole in the fabric large enough for each eyelet to pass through.

Then do just as the package instructs:

Then thread shower curtain hooks through each eyelet, along with a plastic liner curtain for the back side….and you’ve got all your ducks in a row!

Hang that baby up and you’re done!

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And on Valentine’s day, we moved.

by Dana on February 27, 2014

I know I’m behind on the new home updates (and the old home projects) but life keeps whirling by.  And last week, we finally moved!

It’s a funny thing spending a year building a new home, watching it every step of the way, anticipating the time when you’ll be there, kind of longing for the next big thing.

And then when the big day comes and all that’s left in the old house is your tiny daughter, slurping down a lemon-berry slush the size of her head….you suddenly realize how good this home was too you….and how–just like your favorite college roommate of 4 years–you’re really going to miss her blue personality and smooth blonde feet.

I honestly didn’t think I’d be so sad saying goodbye to our first home.  I mean, it’s just 3 miles down the road from the new place.  I can drive by any time.  But even typing this makes me a little teary eyed.  Maybe because I see how much we’ve grown as a family and how MADE has grown as a blog here in this house.  And it makes me think back to how it was when we first moved in…..

…and the moving truck didn’t show up for 4 days, so we hung out in camping chairs with Grandma and Jenga.

I keep thinking how little the kids were then.  Owen was the same age that Clara is now.  And how personalities (and faces) never change….

Life seemed simpler, and yet harder in other ways.

Being in a new state and far from family, we learned to make new friends, explore new places, to steer clear of fire ants, to eat Texas BBQ at gas station restaurants.

We watched our place go from a house to a home.



We watched Lucy’s feet touch the ground,

and Owen’s knees pass up the handlebars.

We had ice cream on the back porch,

and pirate adventures.

And then one day, there were three.

This will always be the house that Clara came home to.


and where she grew into the spunky little two-year-old we love.

Some things will come with us to the next house.

And some time-outs we’ll leave behind.

And we have you–little blue house–to Thank for the good ride.

Of course I still have many home improvement posts to share here on MADE, so I guess it’s not an official goodbye yet.

It’s just time to make new memories at the new house.
But with the same old hearts.

More to come!

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The project I probably sew the most is a Simple Skirt.
Cause who can resist such simple cuteness?!
Skirts are fast, easy, bouncy, and my girls love to wear them all year long.


I’ve shared a detailed tutorial for the Simple Skirt before….but now you get to see it in action!
Hooray!

We’ve got a new MADE EVERYDAY episode with step-by-step video for a single layer skirt AND a double-layered skirt, for any age and size.

You know you want to make one [or five] right now.

In the episode I’ll even share tips for the best type of elastic!
Is it woven, braid, or knit….??
Come find out.
Plus I’ll share my time record for fastest simple skirt ever (in Dana’s world that is)


Just hit the play button below.  This might be my favorite episode so far.
Enjoy!

MADE EVERYDAY with Dana is a fresh new sewing show, where we create cool things using everyday items.
To watch other episodes:
• Click the video tab at the top, or….
• Subscribe to my Youtube channel so you’re updated as soon as the episode goes live.

Happy skirting!

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TUTORIAL: Warm and Fuzzy Valentines

by Dana on February 7, 2014

I was asked to come up with a Valentine’s Day craft for the pre-school.
So I thought, what’s more fun than a bowl full of pom-poms??!


Fun for all ages.


I love a simple project that uses everyday items from around the house.
And I love a craft that you can also giveaway to friends and teachers.

Of course you can make these so many different ways….with cardstock, on top of old cereal boxes, on reclaimed wood?  That would be cool.  Here’s what we did:


TIPS:
• It helps to draw the heart first with pencil, to make sure you have the shape you want.  Then trace with a thick permanent marker.  Don’t worry about making it perfect.  Some of the outline will be covered with pompoms.
• Write your expression out before gluing pompoms.
• Use Elmer’s type glue, rather than a glue stick.
• Sharpies work better than Crayola type markers, but they tend to dry quickly as you write.  So draw/write over everything twice.
• If you’re making these for young children, pre-write all the expressions on each plate so all they do is glue and attach pom-poms.

Then, decorate the edges or add more messages to the plate:

If you don’t have pom-poms (you can purchase them in large bags at most craft stores)…use cotton balls!

Happy Valentine-ing weekend.
I’m cheering for you….with every pom pom!

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