Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Introducing Ashlee's Boutique {new sponsor+tutorial}

Ashlee of Ashlee's Boutique on Etsy is not only sweet and adorable but she is really talented and crafty!

 {{A few tid bits about Ashlee}}

Meet Ashlee, an Etsy fanatic, 3-month newlywed, cat lover, continuous craft dreamer and retail feen. My sewing machine is named Big Bertha, I consider her a member of my family.

1.) Where she gets her Inspiration:

All of my crafts are a testament to my life: wedding (7-29-10), cooking (I went through one of those phases), baby (not mine, a niece), home (or apt)! I find inspiration daily, and quite frankly cannot stop creating. I catch myself inspecting people's stitches in their jacket in line at Starbucks, which may be a bit creepy I admit :) I frequent adorable retail stores, cute DIY sites and crafter's Heaven--JoAnn's Fabric Store. 

2.) She gets her Ideas from:

My ideas just have to be unique, eclectic or shabby chic. I want to create things that you cannot find everywhere. All of my pieces are made with care. If I ever get frustrated with a project, I step away and come back when I can put love into every single stitch! I am thrilled to know that my creations will be a part of someone's life. 

 as if getting to know just a wee bit about her wasn't enough fun, she has a tutorial for us!

Have you ever wanted to make an adorable, one of a kind, {{ruffled}} shower curtain?!

Yea, me too!!! 
But I never knew how! 
Until now! 
Ashlee is going to break it down for us.
-step-by step!

Supplies necessary:
Marking chalk
3 colors of thread to match your variations
14 total yards of fabric
Patience (not shown in image)

Step #1:

Draw out your blueprint. My blueprint is for 10 ruffled panels. At this step, you will decide how many yards you need of each color. You will need four yards for your liner and one yard for the top ruffle. One ruffle = 1 yard. 2 ruffles = 2 yards.

Step 2:

Go to your local fabric store, aka crafter’s heaven. You will pick 6 different colors making sure to create a great variation. It helps to have a designer as a husband who specializes in color J

Step 3:
 Make sure to wash and dry all of your fabric. It will shrink just from the steam in the bathroom from the shower. Your fabric will most likely come out wrinkly, but it doesn’t matter because it will fall out with the next shower steam.

Step 4: 
Create your liner. This liner should measure 72” x 72”. Straight stitch together in middle with machine. Turn 3 edges in toward the wrong side, the fourth edge will be the top where you will attach step #4. I use a zigzag stitch for the finished turns, I’m not really sure why but I like it.

Step 5: 
Make your tab for your curtain rod, measures 4.25”.  You’re basically creating a large casing here. Turn the short ends for a clean look. Attach like a basic casing: iron long ends in and sew to top of unfinished edge. If you don’t have a rod you can easily slide into, you’ll want to make button holes for your shower rings.

Step 6: 
Ruffle time! Cut your ruffles into 10.5” height x 108” length (the length is one yard past the length of the regular curtain, this will allow you to create the ruffles). You don’t need to be perfect in your cutting or turning of edges because it’s all going to ruffle.

Step 7: 
Turn all edges of your ruffles. I use a straight stitch here. This is where you will spend most of your time. I don’t iron my edges like I should nor do I use pins, I just don’t have the patience. But, like I said, it’s not going to matter much at all.

Step 8: 
Phew! Now that that’s over, you will stitch a long stitch here. I change my stitch to be as long as possible (at 9). Leave your beginning and end open. You will pull one of the strings in order to make a ruffle. It may help to have a cat in the background at this point to aid in your patience.

Step 9: 
Now you can add your ruffles to your liner. Mark your liner on the wrong side(the side with all of the seams) every 7 inches. This will let the ruffles overlap about 3 inches.

Step 10: 
Sew your ruffles on to the liner with a straight stitch. I don’t like the raw edge to show. So I flip the ruffle up facing with the finished up closest to the top of the curtain.  Don’t worry about them being 100% straight, they’re ruffles—they’re supposed to be ruffly J I may use five or so straight pins here for my sanity.

Step 11: 
Take a hot shower and the wrinkles will fall out. Ask your cat to pose so you can share your masterpiece.

Please Note: This curtain takes a lot of time and patience. If you just can’t tough it out, buy one from me. I love to make these guys, they each include so much love! 

 Isn't Ashlee fantastic?!! If you think this shower curtain is amazing, take a look at her Etsy shop and say hello to her on twitter

{{Thanks Ashlee for an amazing tutorial and being the newest member of my sponsor family!}} 

7 thoughts:

Watkins35 said...

wow, what a great "make", totally gorgeous, (and I love her bouquet) thanks for sharing. x

Mandy [Mandipidy] said...

I love Ashlee!! Such a sweetie... and I love the ruffled shower curtain, but I am SO sure I wouldn't have the patience to make it lol! :]

kate funk said...

I would give my soul to learn how to use a sewing machine. Super cute!!
velvet cupcakes

la petite coquine said...

What a clever idea-I'm totally mad about her bouquet!

Valerie said...

What a creative idea! Congratulations on your new sponsor!


Mellisa Rock said...

That is the cutest shower curtain ever!

Lelan @ Good Gravy! said...

Awesome shower curtain!

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