Did you see the mesh lingerie bags I sewed? I had bought a yard of the mesh fabric and even after several bags, I still had a good size piece left over. What to do? Well I thought about the properties of the mesh fabric. It's pretty hard wearing, its breathable and lets water drain right through. Washable, you can see through it and its a bit stretchy in one direction.
I was in the shower wondering about how to use the left overs when I realised my husband had used the last of the shampoo. Grr, I hate having to drip water all over the bathroom floor to go and get a new bottle. If only we had room for more bottles and all my beauty goodies without cluttering up all around the bath. Light bulb moment – we need a hanging shower caddy! The mesh fabric was perfect.
Where to buy your mesh fabric
How to make your own mesh shower caddy
You will need the following materials:
- Mesh – 16 x 16 inches
- Mesh pocket 1 – 16 x 5 inches
- Mesh pocket 2 – 16 x 7 inches
- 7 strips of fabric 2 x 18 inches
- 2 strips of fabric 4 x 14 inches
Cut out all of your pieces. Prepare the binding by folding each strip in half length-ways, opening out and turning the raw edges into the center before folding in half again to make 4 layers with the raw edges hidden. I used my Clover Bias Tape Maker, in the same way as making bias binding, even though these were straight cut and it saved a lot of time and burned fingers.
Repeat the same process for the 4 inch wide strips to make finished strips 1 inch wide. Tuck in 1/2 inch at each end to make a neat end and then top stitch all round. Set them aside.
Bind the top of both pocket pieces by sandwiching the mesh fabric in the middle of the binding as you sew. Because mesh fabric is mostly air and holes, I used a wide decorative stitch to make sure it was strongly caught in the binding. I also slightly stretched the mesh for the top pocket so it could accommodate round jars so mine looks a little wavy, but having done it, I don't really think this is necessary.
Line up the bottom of the bottom pocket with the bottom of the main mesh piece and bind across catching both layers. Trim the ends of the binding.
Add some bottles and decide where you want your pockets depending on what you plan to store. I used 3 equal pockets, measuring mine at 5.5 and 10.5 inches from the left side. Sew from top to bottom with a wide zig-zag, triple zig-zag or decorative stitch to make the divisions.
Decide on placement for your top pocket. Pin in place. Fold a strip of binding over the lower edge of the pocket and stitch through all layers.
Measure, mark and stitch for the top pocket divisions. I made mine at 4, 8 and 12 inches across. NOTE – just stitch through the mesh and leave the top binding open.
Bind the top of the piece and trim. Then bind the sides, catching the pocket edges. Turn in 1 inch on each end of the side binding for a neat finish.
Measure and place the top hanging straps. At the front, tuck the end of the strap in behind the top pocket binding for extra strength and match it to the other end of the strap on the back of the mesh. Top stitch through all layers. I centered my straps 4 inches in from each side.
This creates fixed straps which you can hang from your shower curtain rail or from the curtain hooks. If you want open straps, you can sew them with Velcro so the caddy can be easily moved, or sew two long straps and tie them at the top. It's up to you.
You can download this tutorial as a free PDF to keep – DOWNLOAD.
Now I've just got some scraps of the mesh left, enough for one more tiny project. I've got an idea, will see if it works out…
Authored by: Deby at So Sew Easy