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Making a Shower Curtain

Category Bath & Beauty
A custom shower curtain is an easy project to make and can be made to match your bathroom and accessories. This guide is about making a shower curtain.
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By 25 found this helpful
May 11, 2009

I needed to hang a shower curtain made from a bedspread I no longer used. I do not have a button hole option on my sewing machine nor did I want to spend money on grommets.

I had been saving pop can tabs and with a simple zigzag I was able to quickly attach all 12 tabs across the top of the fabric. Worked like a charm and no one knows they are there.

Source: My own invention.

By norulesart from Florida

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May 14, 20090 found this helpful

Yes! I love this very creative idea! Thankyou for posting this!

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By 9 found this helpful
August 29, 2011

I was reading all about shower curtains on here, on how to wash them.
I made one and I cut it about a foot from the top all the way across. I sewed a zipper on it and now all I have to do is unzip it and wash the bottom part. I don't need to mess with the hooks.

By JB from OH

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September 1, 20110 found this helpful

It depends on the width of the shower curtain on what size of zipper you use.

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June 21, 20052 found this helpful

I have made my own custom curtains and plastic liners and I raised the spring tension rod to near ceiling height. I have used a sheet for the outer curtain and bought plastic from the fabric store for the liner. Using grommets in both was not hard to do. Talk about saving money! If you wanted this look and had them custom made it would be very pricy. I added a valance on a spring tension rod in front of the curtain and liner that slides back and forth.

By Syd

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February 20, 20120 found this helpful

You can also work buttonholes along the hemline of the sheet and use a cheap bought plastic liner which will have holes.

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September 28, 2007

Approximate Time 2 hours

Supplies:

  • fabric
  • ribbon
  • needle
  • thread
  • scissors

Instructions:

  1. First measure your shower, then cut your fabric to size.
  2. Fold over at top for the rod to go through.
  3. You will need a long piece of fabric and the short piece as in picture or you can just use 1 long piece if you want.
  4. Then sew on your ribbon. you can make any theme you want.

I made one for every holiday using seasonal fabric. I hand sew mine, but of course you can use a sewing machine. (This is the outside curtain "not" the actual shower curtain.)

By Sandy from Bluff City, TN

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By guest (Guest Post)
September 28, 20070 found this helpful

Love the idea, have been trying to think of something to decorate my white outside curtain, so it would not be so plain.

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By 0 found this helpful
January 22, 2009

I would like some ideas for making a shower curtain using scrap fabric (like the country heart pins). I love the country theme. I am looking for something semi-simple. Any suggestions would be great!

Crystal from Zebulon, NC

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January 23, 20090 found this helpful

Can you do it like a quilt? And then line it? It wouldn't need batting as that would gather moisture and weigh too much.

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January 26, 20090 found this helpful

I don't think that you need to make a quilt...just stitch the blocks, hem, then line with a plastic shower curtain...don't stitch the sides down, though. You want the plastic inside the tub and the cotton outside, so it can dry. Check occasionally to make sure that mildew isn't growing. Then you can detach the plastic to wash and bleach it.

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 27, 20090 found this helpful

I make patchwork quilts quite often and the patches can be as big as you want to make it a real quickie project and can match in a diagonal pattern or just crazy quilt fashion. I think putting another dollar liner on the inside is a great idea - attached or not - just put the shower liner on the hook first and then put the quilt on top(facing the outside) and close the hook - it's waterproofed! Frugal Freida

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January 27, 20090 found this helpful

The easiest way to to have two rods, one in the back for the plastic liner, and one for the outside pretty one. This not only saves time but almost completely eliminates the possibility of mold since they don't touch.

You can make strips of fabric like fancier cafe' curtains, as I showed in the sample of some I made to cover a book shelf (I actually ran out of paint so I covered the last two and put my "unshowables" down there). Just keep in mind you won't have much ruffle room as they are parallel to the fabric. You can cheat a bit, and take the plastic strip off another shower curtain and sew it onto the fabric, thus giving you the option of rings.

For a country theme, I would go with buttons either sewn or hot glued onto the botton of each loop, and on the fabric randomly. You can get pretty creative and have a matching shower rug, bowl cover and seat cover, etc.

Now, the former poster was right. You don't have to make a quilt...but don't rule out finding the perfect one and making it into a shower curtain. Many older quilts have retained their glory by becoming dolls, wall hangings, placemats, and even (check out ebay and put in fabric embellishments) and you will find quilt pieces cut into things you can sew on.

Have fun, and when you're done, send us a shot??!!

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January 27, 20090 found this helpful

I am a beginner at this. I hope I do not mess it up!

Thanks everyone.

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 29, 20090 found this helpful

Use large scraps of fabric making squares about 9 and 1/2 inches square. Since shower curtains are 72 inches square, you will need quite a few. After placing the squares in a pleasing arrangement, sew them together using 1/4 inch seam creating a patchwork the same size as a shower curtain. Hem the sides and bottom. Sew the patchwork curtain to the top of an old fabric shower curtain just under the grommets. I did not sew the sides or bottom of the squares to the old curtain, but it could be done. Use with a plastic liner, and you will have a sturdy unique shower curtain. This could be embellished with rick rack on the seams or buttons in the squares, etc. or if your fabric squares are really pretty, let them stand alone.

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 1, 20090 found this helpful

Crystal,

You can make a curtain the same way you make a Quilt.By sewing the squares together.Then yo can use those curtain

clips or just sew a pocket for the rod to slide thru.

Good Luck

Retta

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April 8, 20090 found this helpful

Crystal, honey, so what if you mess up? That is what a seam ripper is for. Everyone messes up, it is a way of learning. I don't think you even have to make squares, you would just make panels as narrow or as wide as you like. I put bead trim on mine to make the shower curtain hang straight and not get pulled into the shower. It is very pretty.

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