Thursday, March 10, 2011

Before and After: DIY Shower Curtain

DIY Shower Curtain

It's been awhile since I've posted a DIY project or before and afters and I think this is just the project to share. In our new place, the shower has an L shaped shower rod and let me tell you, it's NOT easy to find a shower curtain to fit this. I went around to half a dozen stores and decided I'd have to try online. I found a few- some were hideous, others were super expensive- and there's no way I'm spending over $100 for a shower curtain. So, I decided to make one myself! This is a easy project and would be great for a beginner. As long as you can sew semi-straight lines and do basic math you're good to go :)

DIY Shower Curtain
DIY Shower Curtain
While I love my Dwell shower curtain from Target.. I didn't like how it only partially covered the shower.. the standard size for a shower curtain is 72" x72"- I wanted one that was longer and wider so I went with 86" x 80".

Picking your fabric:
I used a light, quilt weight cotton fabric that measures 44" off the bolt. Most fabrics come in this width, unless you are using an upholstery fabric or other, fancier fabric which come in all different widths, starting at 55" and up. Either way, you are most likely going to have a seam down the front of your curtain. 
I simply adore the main print from Heather Bailey's Nicey Jane collection. I love the colors and it's vintage feel. I had a blast finding the perfect coordinating prints :)

You'll Need:
1/4 yard for top strips
4 yards for middle strips
1/2 yard for bottom strips
1 pack of grommets plus grommet pliers or old school setting tools

DIY Shower Curtain

Here is what I did for mine. After I pieced everything together I finished all the edges by folding the raw edge over 1/4" over and pressing, folding that edge over 1/4" again, pressing and top stitching along all edges. Remember to press all seams open to give a nice, professional look.
NOTE: Along the top edge (where the grommets go) I folded the raw edge over 1.5" to make it twice as thick- giving a little more substance for the grommets to go through!

DIY Shower Curtain

The most important thing is to place the grommets exactly so they match up with the lining- this spacing is standard for all shower curtains and linings. 

Remember you can alter this pattern easily for a standard 72" x72" shower curtain. You can even do vertical stripes, which would mask the vertical seam! 

I hope you enjoy this- happy sewing!


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