If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll already know that we have been doing some home improvements in preparation of the addition of a new member of the family. We recently cleared out and re-painted the laundry room and I really hated the unsightly lower half of the sink and seeing all its underthings and plumbings so after spotting some lovely pics of sink curtains, I decided I could easily make one of my own and I even had just the right piece of fabric for the job.
So, this is my first DIY post and I’m hoping there will be many more to follow. Hopefully I won’t bore you with too much detail or not give you enough detail. You know you can just ask me if you have any questions.
- adhesive velcro (one side)
- regular velcro (other side)
- sewing machine
- measuring tape
- fabric of your choice (a canvas or heavy cotton works best)
Measure around your sink all sides. If you want a curtain without any gathering or pleats, all you need is the length of the sink edges. If you’ll be adding pleats or gathering, you’ll need 1.5 times more fabric in or double if you want a fuller gather or pleat, its really up to you.
Measure the height of the sink now, from the top edge to the floor, or the height you want it to be. Be sure to measure all corners and sides since the sink may be slightly slanted – like mine was, so the height of the corner of the sink in the front was a few centimeters higher than the back corner.
Attach the adhesive velcro to the edge of the sink.
Since the piece of fabric I had wasn’t wide enough, I created 3 panels for the distance length I needed for my sink.
Attach panels and overlock edges, especially if its a canvas or cotton since it will fray quite a bit. Being tidy in your sewing really helps make the finished job look neater.
I ended up with 3 panels that were 80cm wide and varying in height.
After stitching the panels together, press seam open and finish raw edges with zigzag stitch.
Once you have pinned all the way along, stitch a 1/4″ seam. Open seam and press downwards.
Press 1/4″ inward on top edge of binding.
Fold binding down and press.
I’m very finicky with my finishing and since the fabric I was using frayed a lot, I cleaned up and snipped away all the stray threads, yes, even though it will be hidden in the binding, there will be less bulk, and it makes a difference.
Before stitching on the velcro, you need to measure for the corner box pleats.
Pin the curtain to the velcro that is already attached to the sink, starting from the back corners that meets the wall. Take the centre of the fabric in the front of the sink and pin it to the centre of the front of the sink. The remaining corner extra fabric is what you have left to create your box pleats.
Fold the extra fabric inwards and the top fabric outwards to create a box pleat and pin. Press pleats.
In the process of pinning the curtain to the velcro, I ruined most of the pins used because the adhesive from the velcro is really super gummy and sticky.
When using this type of thick canvas, the pleat will be quite thick so be sure to baste through all thicknesses to keep everything together while you stitch. It’s also best to change your sewing needle when sewing through thick fabrics.
Pin the other side of the velcro to the back of the curtain on the top band of binding.
Stitch through velcro and all thicknesses.
Take your curtain to your sink and affix the 2 sides of velcro. Pin up all along the bottom edge to mark your hem.
Press hem, stitch and finish any edges with the zigzag stich.