Hand-sewing a curtain for the bathroom, from reused fabric

Sewing without a machine

…is like artist-ing without a studio. Doable…with mild hindrances along the way.

Needed to make a new bathroom curtain. Took an afternoon and an evening to make this one. I tried to use as many no-sew methods as possible to hasten the process. Mostly this means a combination of single-stitch crocheting pieces, safety pins, and not worrying too much about it.

The reused fabric consisted of a green skull-pattern scarf that was a little faded and a lot frayed around the edges, and a too-small black lace chemise which I pulled apart and crocheted back together as rectangular panels. 

Sewing curtains interior design boondocking project

The fabric swatches below became the loops I ran the curtain rod through. 

Boondocking no sew bathroom curtain project

Pinned fabric green skull pattern

Made grey wool tassels for weighing down the curtain slightly. Used a crochet hook too because of course I did. A handy guide on how to make these tassels here! 

How to make grey wool tassles

No sew curtain tassle decoration

Hanging van bathroom curtain DIY

The tassles helped to weigh the end of the curtain down, hooray! Everything fits and works as it is supposed to. 

After the blinds broke, my partner crammed a coathanger/tshirt into the cabinet over the window…not a great addition to the look or feel of the place.

This non-matchy Cobb & Co aesthetic I have going on with the fake marble wallpaper and beige cabinet sides is so much better! 


I create a lot of smaller things without a studio at the moment. A few examples are; 

A three-part breakdown of crocheting a ukulele case: OneTwoThree

Paper marigolds for Day of the Dead 

Small notebook sketches

About kellymarietheartist

I am an artist who, up until recently, was living and exhibiting within Toowoomba and the greater Granite Belt district. I have since packed up and left Australia, and am currently living and working in England. My work engages the craft involved in handmaking within a contemporary art context. I am drawn to the physicality of repetitive textile processes, and this is transcribed though the tactile quality of my forms. In particular, processes such as crochet, sewing and rug making serve as a proxy for growth within my personal environment. Many of my works imitate situations in nature, and they form organically as I create each individual piece, each addition both a continuation and re-enforcement of its predecessors. I enjoy using recycled materials for many of my works. Using crochet and other textile techniques to do this is an important part of my work as it celebrates a tradition of craft that has historically been relegated to 'women's work', with all the negative connotations that entails.
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