Saturday, July 9, 2011

Shower Curtain

In this post I talked about deciding what to do about a shower curtain in my downstairs guest bathroom, I loved this one from Ballard Designs:

but doesn't the monogram look tee-inescee?

Then I found this one from Target:

And it is similar, so I went with it, took it in hand to find a monogrammer that could give me a substantial sized letter!

And much to my dismay, no one could embroider a letter much bigger than 6-10 inches.

After seeing this post by Trisha at Sweet Survival:

Where she made a monogram out of felt for her pillows, I was hopeful that one creative sewer in my life (insert Whitney here) could help me figure it out/do it for me. Only one problem...she lives over 1,000 miles away in a land of rock and heat. Ah-ha, but she was coming my way!

When I explained the project to Whitney she let me in on the closely held secret that they sell felt by the yard, not just the cheap felt squares in the craft area - whew! That makes it a lot easier. (Did everyone else know that they sell nice felt by the yard?)

  • I picked out a letter in the font I liked, Renaissance, and printed it out on several pieces of paper - the letter is about 19 inches tall.
  • Then I taped them all together, so they made a complete "L" template. It was much easier to tape them together exactly with Whitney's suggestion of taping them up over the window, which made the paper transparent and easy to overlap where the design lines matched up.
  • I taped it onto the curtain to make sure it didn't look ridiculously large:

    (Notice the drywall patching where I ripped the towel bar off the wall? Nice.)
  • After taping the dickens out of the paper layers, I cut out the letter pattern.
  • (We tried using Wonder Under to adhere the letter to the curtain to make it easier to sew - but the weave of the curtain prohibited stickage and did not work for us.)
  • We/Whitney pinned the letter to the curtain, and she sewed and turned, and sewed and turned, and sewed and turned, and asked, "Are you sure YOU don't want to try this?". No thank you.
I LOVE how it turned out!

I really should get that iron back out, I know...

And now still trying to decide if I will paint these stripes onto the wall...

What do you think?

Linking to:
Under the Table and Dreaming - Sunday Showcase Party
I Heart Naptime - Sundae Scoop
Petite Hermine - Sunday Linky Party
The DIY Showoff - Project Parade
Tatertots and Jello - Weekend Wrap Up Party
Dittle Dattle - Amaze Me Monday
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia - Tuesday's Treasures
DIY by Design - Sizzle into Summer
The Blackberry Vine - Tuesday To Do


  1. The showwer curtain is gorgeous. It looks wonderful with the large monogram. You bathroom is looking good. Hugs, Marty

  2. I am so glad you love it. It was totally easy to do and you're easy to please.

  3. Looks great! I think your's turned out much better than the B.D. one!

  4. I love it! I like the larger monogram better and you & Whitney did a fabulous job. I think the stripes would look awesome!

    I really thought I was already a follower but didn't see 'me' but definitely am now. I look forward to seeing more projects. Stop by and say hi when you can.


  5. It's just gorgeous, this was such a perfect idea. How do you think it would look if you stenciled your L on, not as rich?

  6. It looks great and very easy to do!

  7. I looks wonderful!!!! I am visiting from the DIY Show Off and I am a new follower!!
    Hope you have a great week and I see you over at my blog soon!

  8. I love this! What a great idea for doing the big monogram.

    I found you through the DIY Showoff link party and am your newest follower. Come check me out, too, if you're interested @ Carissa's Creativity Space

  9. Love the monogramme. I have noticed in loads of blogs than monogramming is very big in the USA but you can't seem to get it here in the uk. I'd love my towels monogrammed!
    Ps my chairs are from a chainstore company in the uk called laura Ashley. A very old company that has been around on our high street for decades. They sell clothes too but there homeware department is fab. If you want I can send you a catalouge when the new one comes out in the autumn. You can look online too.

  10. It turned out great! I like the big letter much better than a smaller one. Good call. :)

  11. I think it looks great! It looks like a fancy suite bathroom. I am a new follower.

  12. I tried following you, but the code word thingy kept saying I typed it I will try back later. :)

  13. Love it! Thank you for linking up to Amaze Me Monday. I will be featuring you on this weeks party!

  14. Hi there, I will admit I am inlove with your shower curtain, the honey says I would monogram the toilet paper if I could, Ha! ...Great job, I am your newest follower and I also spotlighted your project on my humble lil' blog over at http://HoneyI' come on over and check it out!

  15. I ADORE this look!!! Had the same trouble trying to get a large enough initial...will definitely have to give this a try! Would love for you to stop by and share this at the Tuesday To Do Party if you get a chance!

  16. So glad you linked up to the Tuesday To Do Party!

  17. This shower curtain is so fun and such a good idea! I saw your link at the Blackberry Vine linky party. Thanks for sharing this - so creative - I am a bit scared of sewing as well:)

  18. This turned out great! Love the font you picked out!

  19. Your curtain turned out amazing! I've seen the one at Ballard Design but thought it cost to much. This is such a great idea!

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