HOW TO GET A STRAIGHT EVEN CUT WITH CHIFFON
Cutting a straight line on chiffon could be challenging because the characteristic of the fabric is unstable and shift causing difficulty when cutting. To cut a straight line measure the length you want then select on thread and pull. Cut along the line as show in the diagram, this will ensure you get a straight and even cut.
MAKING A SHOWER CURTAIN WITH GROMMETS
- Cut fabric to desired length, plus 2″ for hem plus 4″ to turn over at the top to insert the gromets (ie if the length of the finished curtain is 36″ you will need to cut the length of the fabric 36″ + 2″ for hem + 4″ for top heading = 42″.
- Next cut fabric twice the measurements of the shower rod with an extra 4″ for – you will have a 2″ hem at both sides of the curtain. If you are working with light weight fabric chiffon etc., use interfacing at the top to stabilize the fabric so you can insert the gromets.
- For the top – where the gromets will be inserted – Fold over the 4″ at the top with the interfacing between. Stich in place.
- Fold the 2″ hem at the both sides of the curtain and stitch
- Fold the 2″ hem at the bottom and stitch.
(if you decide on a valance there is one extra step – For an 8″ valance cut the fabric three times the length of the curtain rod and double the width of the finished valance and fold in half before gathering or pleating -ie: if you want an 8″ valance cut the fabric 16″)
- Gather or pleat the valance to the width of the shower curtain after it is hemmed at both sides.
- Before stitching the top hem in place – put the valance underneath then stich the valance with the hem)
You are now ready to insert the gromets (The standard shower curtain have twelve gromets or buttonholes for hooks)
To insert gromets as per the following diagrams:
- The gromets will come with a template: Before drawing the template on the fabric pin to prevent fabric shifting
- Draw templates on the fabric
- You can use your existing shower curtain to determine placement of the grommets. The standard shower curtain have twelve hooks
- Place bottom grommet underneath
- Place the top grommet on top and snap into place.
If you want to have tie effect of a tie back, after placing valance cut the shower curtain up the middle and add trim.