Monday, September 1, 2008

One Yard Adventure: Curtain Tiebacks Tutorial

Happy Labor Day! I’m still “laboring” on using up my one yard of fabric. Now I’m making curtain tiebacks. This project is super easy but adds a nice bit of interesting detail to my bathroom. You could also make some for your shower curtains (my shower is glassed in and doesn’t have a curtain).


  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Needle and coordinating thread
  • Four 2” bamboo rings (I found them in the knit/crochet area at Jo-Ann’s)

Step 1: Cut two fabric strips 18”-x3½”.

Step 2: Turn the short edges under ¼” towards the wrong side of the fabric; press. Turn again another ¼“, press. Stitch close to each edge.

Step 3: Fold the long sides, right-sides together, so the edges meet. Pin in place. Starting at one short edge, stitch a ¼“ seam, turn and stitch ¼“ down the long side, leaving the other short end open for turning. Trim the corners (don’t cut into your stitching) and the two seams you made. Turn right-side out and press. Slip stitch the open short end to finish.

Step 4: Fold one end of your tieback over a ring. Pin and hand stitch to complete. Repeat for the other tieback ends.


You could also use strips of fabric to tie your shower curtain to the rod. And maybe trim a pair of bathroom slippers with a little yo-yo or flower made from your fabric scraps.

Other ideas include cutting a strip of fabric (you can trim with your zig-zag scissors if you like) and tie a pretty bow around a big bar of soap. I just folded the edges on mine in nice and neat.

Cut small strips of fabric to tie around your cosmetic brushes…

…or even the handle of your scrub brush.


There’s still fabric left with which to play. I have a good use for it and will post another tutorial tomorrow.


meg said...

Keep 'em coming, June! It just so happens that I'm redecorating a bedroom (complete with curtains that will need tiebacks) and a bathroom, so I'm loving these ideas. I also love the idea of using up an entire yard and not being left with scraps. I'm overrun with scraps....

Alice said...

It always amazes me how far a yard of fabric will go ... unless, of course, your really need an extra eigth of a yard! This is a gorgeous pattern.. osrt of oriental, sort of Erte and all usuable with lots of color schemes.

rohanknitter said...

What a great idea - that would be nice for perking up any simple curtains around the house.

Anonymous said...

Good one, Junie Moon - we are having a house guest from Japan and I will doll up her room with those cute ideas of yours! xoxo the fan

nicolette said...

So much fabulous ideas June!!

Storybook Woods said...

Looking good June !!!!!! Clarice

Pat said...

I love how eveything will look coordinated in your bathroom now June! Very chic!

Hugs, Pat