Guest blogger series | DIY shower cap

by contributor on October 20, 2011

in Beauty+Health, Guest blog series2 2011, Whip Up Tutorials

Maggie is the momma behind the blog, Smashed Peas and Carrots.  On her blog she shares sewing and craft DIY tutorials, crafty projects for your little ones, delicious family friendly recipes and amazing birthday parties too.  She also sells her unique and beautifully handmade children’s clothing and momma’s accessories at her Smashed Peas and Carrots shop on her Etsy shop.

I love shower caps and use one a few days a week. Totally not gross, did you know that you aren’t supposed to wash your hair everyday? Yup, by doing so you can strip your hair of oils that you naturally produce to keep it healthy and shiny. You can also fade the color faster if you are one who likes to color your hair. Your best bet is to wash you hair every other day or every two days and sprinkle baking soda or use one of those dry shampoos in-between washings to keep the oil in control.

Today I am going to share with you how I make my shower caps! By using iron-on vinyl you can make a cute shower cap out of any pretty fabric you see… no more boring shower caps for us ladies!

Waterproof Fabric Shower Cap
  • 2/3 yard of your favorite cotton fabric
  • 2/3 yard of Iron-On Vinyl
  • 1 package extra-wide bias tape
  • 18-20 inches of 1/4 inch wide elastic
  • coordinating thread
  • sewing machine
  • rotary cutter and mat
  • pen, pencil, string and dowel
  • safety pins

  1. Apply your vinyl to the right side of your fabric and follow the insert directions to heat set it.
  2. Next grab a pen or pencil, string or twine and a dowel. I used a disappearing ink pen. Measure your twine to be a little over 9 inches and then tie each end to the pen and the dowel. This is going to be your compass for making an 18 inch circle. If you have really long hair you may want to make a 20 inch circle which would mean you would need a little over 10 inches of string. Place the dowel in the middle of your fabric and use the pen to mark a circle all the way around.
  3. Cut out the circle using your rotary cutter or a pair of scissors.
  4. Grab your package of bias tape, make sure it is Extra-Wide.
  5. Open up the bias tape and sandwich the edge of the circle in-between. Sew as close as you can get to the inner edge of the bias tape all the while making sure you catch both front and back. Now mind you, this is not the proper way to apply bias tape but this is an easy and pretty way to make a casing for the elastic.
  6. Stop sewing and backstitch when you get 1-2 inches from where you started sewing on the bias tape. You will need to make an entry for the elastic to be pulled through. With the remaining bias tape, leave enough hanging so that you can overlap the bias tape by about an inch.
  7. Take a small safety pin and pin it to one end of the elastic and use another larger safety pin and attach it to the other end. This will stop you from pulling the elastic completely through the casing and having to start the process all over again, that is just no fun!
  8. Once you have pulled the elastic all the way through, try on your shower cap to make sure it is snug enough. Then, overlap the two ends of elastic by about 1 inch and zig-zag stitch them together. Place the free end of the bias tape over top and sew into place… all done!

Now you can make a shower cap to please anyone’s personality!  Know a momma who is getting ready to deliver at the hospital?  This would be a great gift for her to have so she doesn’t have to mess up her pretty ‘do while she showers!

You can also use laminated fabrics to get the waterproof part of the cap, but they cost a bit more and the choices aren’t as varied.  The cap on the left is actually made using the same method above but using Amy Butler’s laminated fabric instead of Iron-On vinyl and cotton fabric.

I hope you all enjoy making a few of these and if you do I’d love it if you would add them to my Smashed Peas and Carrots Flickr group I just started up so we can all ooh and ahh over them!
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1 Melissa October 20, 2011 at 11:12 am

I suppose you could substitute fold-over elastic in place of the bias tape + elastic. Do you think that would work as well? Fantastic idea. I can’t wait to get started. However, I didn’t even know iron-on vinyl existed, so now I’m doubly excited.

2 dj October 20, 2011 at 12:41 pm

wow thanks. i haven’t used shower caps in years…but hey

3 anna November 1, 2011 at 8:13 am

anyone have any ideas where to get iron-on vinyl in australia?

4 knotty November 1, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Great tutorial! Thanks! I have been looking for a shower cap large enough to hold all my hair, the ones in the stores are too small. I am going to use regular “contac” plastic – the stuff on a roll with paper attached which you peel off. Should work on fabric too. If not, I will let you know. Thanks again.

5 leslie nepveux November 30, 2011 at 5:30 pm

I cannot find iron-on adhesive wider than 17″. I tried to make a cap using this size but it’s too small! Where did you find wider vinyl?

6 kathy December 16, 2011 at 6:23 pm

I would like to find the iron on vinyl wider than 17″. Do you know the best place to order this? Thanks

7 Ellen January 21, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Hmmm, I tried it with the soft fold over elastic used to make baby headbands and couldn’t get it to stretch enough while sewing it on. The end result was that the opening was pretty big. Anyone have luck with the fold over elastic?

8 Carine February 25, 2012 at 6:13 am

Beautiful Idea and tutorial, thanks :)

You’ve been featured on homemadehaven.com – where we showcase the best homemade tutorials and recipes on the net.

Cheers! :)

9 michele April 3, 2012 at 1:38 pm

This is very nice. Never heard of iron-on vinyl. Wondering of Joann’s sells it. I also wonder if I could make some sort of pattern using velcro . . .

10 Maggie@SmashedPeasandCarrots April 16, 2012 at 11:06 pm

I bought my iron-on vinyl at Joann Fabrics, cut from the bolt…you can find it near the cutting counter!

11 Jonell C January 20, 2013 at 3:18 pm

I love this project. I have a friend who’s birthday is next week. What do you make for someone who already has everything they want/need — A Personalized Shower Cap. I have the cutest butterfly fabric and already have a roll of the iron on vinyl. Never had any idea of how to use the vinyl, but now I have the perfect project. Thanks so much for sharing. Huggles

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