Ribbon, Meet Curtain, Part 1

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  September 19, 2011 — 11 Comments

Remember all that ribbon I sewed last week?

I said that I wanted to use it to embellish my shower curtain, and I meant it.

After agonizing over how exactly to place the strips of ribbon, I just jumped in and pinned one along the width of the curtain at the same height as the edge of the tub, about 12″ from the floor. I made an educated guess and pinned the second strip 4″ below, then a third strip 4″ above. I figured I’d just pin the first little section of each to see how it looked, and then move them up or down as needed.

Well, it was my lucky day, because I thought it looked delightful just the way it was. No repinning necessary. It was a real pain to pin the ribbon in a straight line on the flowing fabric, especially since Pistachio kept walking along the edge of the tub and then hurling herself at me through the curtain. I didn’t know what to do, though, because the curtain is kind of a pain to take down and put back up. Then, eureka (!), I got the idea to bring in a folding table to work on.

Genius. This made it soooo much easier. I was on a bit of a high, thinking about how smart I was as I pinned. Which took some of the sting out of this:

Do you see what’s wrong?

I had pinned the first ribbon all the way across at the very beginning, so I knew it was too short, but the voice of denial said maybe the other two would be too long and it would all work out. Wrong. Can I just say, though, that I’m completely amazed that all three ribbons are exactly the same length? Apparently I’m incredibly skilled at haphazardly folding ribbon in a consistent manner.

I decided to keep on keepin’ on with the denial and just ignore the problem for now. I’d like to take a few days to live with the ribbon anyway, just to make sure it’s what I really want. And if I still love it in a few days, maybe I’ll pick up some more ribbon to fill in the ends? The gathered fabric and the pleated ribbon would both hide the seams pretty well I think.

So far I think it’s adorable. I’m kind of loving the idea of a black + white + yellow bath. That tan bath mat is getting switched out soon for a DIY mat made of wine corks, and I’m getting inspired to switch out the hand towels for a graphic and colorful floral, perhaps? It’ll probably be quite a while before all of this comes together and that’s okay with me.

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap

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11 responses to Ribbon, Meet Curtain, Part 1

  1. Ohh, this turned out perfect. That totally doesn’t look DIY. I’ve got a giveaway up on my blog today! Go enter!

  2. Janet (Country Mouse} September 19, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    I like it!! I think you will enjoy it. I love yellow in a bathroom.

  3. I love your haphazard ribbon! It adds so much character to the curtain.

  4. Love the shower curtain! I want to hear more about the wine cork bath mat!

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