Monday, June 29, 2009

Lengthen a Shower Curtain the Easy Way

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I had the honor of buying the very first copy - "hot off the internet"....It's Fabulous!!!!


A No Sew
Short Shower Curtain Solution

and
Why You Need Tear Mender


My favorite helper dude down at Ace Hardware turned me on to Tear Mender when I was searching for a fabric glue. I'm sure most of you clever ladies have already heard of this wondrous product but it was new to me.

Tear Mender is a latex based glue specifically for fabrics. My helper dude told me that his sister-in-law coated the insides of her little boy's jeans at the knee area and, voila, no more ripped out knees. I understand Sunders makes a product called Twist and Glue which is supposed to also work well but I haven't had a chance to try it out.

So what does this have to do with a short shower curtain? Glad you asked. I have a shower bar that is set quite high and all my shower curtains end up shorter than the floor which doesn't look all that great.

Now you know by now, that my idea of fun is not hauling out the sewing machine and attempting to sew a straight line. I hauled my curtain to Hancock Fabric and picked out a contrasting solid color fabric. I cut it long ways twice the distance to the floor, folded it over, and glued it on the bottom of the shower curtain.

While at Hancock I spied a package of beads on a ribbon strip that was the exact colors of the shower curtain and since they were 40% off I couldn't possibly say no. I glued the beads to the back side of the new strip of fabric and hung the shower curtain. Total time investment not including the shopping part (which is fun) - about 30 minutes.

I found another shower curtain that I really liked and it will receive the same treatment. It's fun to have more than one shower curtain and it's can be a really inexpensive way to change the look of your bathroom from season to season.

One other change I made is switching to a clear shower liner and now my shower taking experience is much brighter. Oh, and I love hearing the beads rattle when I open the curtain. It reminds me of a bamboo wind "chime'........

Tear Mender Official Site
Tear Mender As Seen on TV Site





A while ago I posted on my new living room window treatment uses a minimum of sewing. Mighty Mom took the time to show us her curtains using sheets which has also been a favorite resource of mine for windows. I would try picking up cool sheets at the thrift stores since sheets are becoming so expensive.

How many ways can you think of to use Tear Mender?

11 comments:

Mrsupole said...

Wow, I like your new shower curtain. I cannot sew a straight line and when I ever go out shopping again, I will have to look for either one of these products. I have known about using sheets for curtains for many years, but alas since I cannot sew it usually does not work, but I know people who when they buy a new set of linens for their bedrooms they buy a extra set of sheets and make curtains with the sheets. It looks beautiful and if they did not tell you that they used sheets than one would never know. I think that maybe if I can glue a straight line than maybe I will be able to actually make some curtains for once.

Thank you for the idea.

God bless.

MightyMom said...

how sturdy is it? can I glue the backing fabric on my sofa in place with it? the staples refuse to hold due to the puffiness of the bolsters.

Adrienne said...

Mrsupole - I stick to the fastest and easiest way to do things. The idea of making a shower curtain from a sheet is lovely but waaaaaaaaay too much work. This shower curtain came from, of all places, Wally World. They actually have cute shower curtains for under $20.00 bucks. Can't beat that!

Adrienne said...

MM - I would think it would hold if there is not a huge amount of stress. It's pretty dang tough on stuff I've used it on. I had a pillow case that the seam edge had come loose (on the open end) and I glued that with no problem. It gets washed all the time with no change.

My favorite use was a tank top I sleep in where the front had come loose from the seam binding (on the neck area). They never sew back together without it looking repaired. I put some glue on a toothpick and shoved it up in the binding and it looks like brand new. Honestly - I can't even find the place where I glued it...

lauralowder said...

I bet that stuff would keep cut/shortened ribbon markers from fraying, wouldn't it? I have some ribbon markers in my prayer book, they dangle wayyy too long, and I've hesitated to trim them because I don't want them to fray to bits. I'll have to get some of this stuff next time I'm at Michael's.

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

OHHHH! It looks lovely! I've never heard of that, but I'll definitely be looking out for it!

Dianna said...

Thanks for the tip. I have always used an iron on adhesive. I'll have to try Tear Mender the next time.

Norma Lee @ Norma Lee Good said...

I have never heard of Tear Mender! I am adding this to my list of "have-to-try."

Cindy said...

Beautiful shower curtain! Lovely job. Cindy S.

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Wow, you found multi colored beads that match your floral curtain so perfectly! What luck that was.

southerninspiration said...

Oh, I've never heard of Tear Mender either...I will keep my eyes open for it!
Thanks!
Suzanne