Jul 032012

I’m in the middle of a bathroom makeover (which will be featured here soon). Once I got the new paint (leftover from the kitchen) on the walls, the shower curtain just wasn’t doing it for me. It’s a nice curtain, just not the style I was going for. Since there was no way I was spending money to buy a new one (they’re expensive!) I decided to make one. It was easy. Completely free (I had everything I needed). And I love the results. You can make one, too!

What you need:

1. Fabric.

2. A sewing machine. I suppose you could hand sew it. But that would take quite a while.

3. Twine or something similar for the hooks.

Here’s what I did:

1. I rummaged through my (rather large) fabric collection and found fabric that was almost as big as our shower curtain. (I held it up to compare so I never actually measured.) It was just a couple inches too narrow, which I could work with. But it was nearly a foot too short. So I rummaged some more and found coordinating fabric to add as a panel along the bottom.

2. I laid the large piece of fabric out flat, right side down. Then I measured up two inches from the bottom and made marks the whole way across the fabric. This is where I attached the extra panel. I pinned frequently, then sewed it on.

3. I took the pins out and flipped the fabric right side up. I sewed another line connecting the two panels. I didn’t pin this time for two reasons. One: I was impatient. Two: I wanted it to look more bunchy and imperfect. Ok, that second reason is a lie. But once I got sewing and realized it was going to be a little bunchy and imperfect, I liked it. So my impatience paid off… this time.

4. Since the selvage edges are the top and bottom, there was no need to hem those. All I needed to hem was the two sides. Piece of cake. I used pins this time.

5. Next, I laid my new shower curtain out flat on the floor, right side down. Then I took the real shower curtain, lined up the edges and laid it on top of the new shower curtain. This is how I knew where to put the loops for the hooks. I used a washable fabric marker and marked on the new curtain where each grommet on the real shower curtain was. Because my new curtain was a few inches too short, I had one less hole/hook. Not a problem.

6. I used twine, as shown in the picture below, and attached it to the back side of the curtain, in loops, where I had marked where each grommet had been. I sewed back and forth and back and forth many many times to make it strong. These loops are what hold the curtain up. (My fabric marker wipes right off with a wet rag, so when I was done sewing the loops, I wiped the marks away).

7. Hang it up and marvel at your creation!

You might be wondering why the shower curtain is hanging on the fence and not at the shower. That’s because the bathroom makeover is still a work in progress and I don’t want to share bathroom pictures until it’s done. You also might be wondering why there’a pot in front of the curtain and that’s because it was windy and the pot was the closet, cute thing to hold the curtain down.

See that bunchy, imperfect area where the two fabrics meet? I like it.

The twine loops that act as hooks.

This was one of the easiest projects. It took about 30 minutes, from start to finish. The only tricky part was managing such a large piece of fabric. I hope you’re inspired!

*Fabric can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Walmart has $1.50/yard fabric and if you check often, you can usually find some nice pattern/solids. Both of these fabrics were from Walmart*

Note: This is just a shower curtain. You’ll still need a liner or you’ll have a very wet bathroom! Since my curtain is a little narrower than the standard curtain, I will just cut the liner to match. Plastic shower curtains are very easy to trim. Fabric shower curtains are very easy to hem.

 July 3, 2012  Posted by at 16:52 diy

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  1. Love this, Katy! I just only wish I would have seen this a few weeks ago when I bought one for our upstairs bath… O well.

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