Making Curtains From Towels?

August 31, 2009

stack of towelsHas anyone made towels into curtains with grommets? I would like a spa looking bathroom and I have two windows above my corner tub. It is a large bathroom and the kids do come in at times and like to play in the big tub.


I do not own a sewing machine, but I could borrow one to do this. I have not found what I have been looking for in the ready made version. I thought if I could add grommets to a ready made luxury towels that I would have an instant look that gave me privacy.

By Louise from Ontario, Canada


September 1, 20091 found this helpful
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There are clip on curtain rings available at your local "mart" store which could be used on the towels to make curtains. When you want a change, just unclip and have usable towels. These come in gold, silver and black, and cost about $3 a package. I have used them with towels to make curtains, and currently have them holding green lace tablecloths as curtains in a spare bedroom. (I was unable to find regular curtains the right color green.)

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September 3, 20090 found this helpful
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I have and would NOT recommend it. Towels are made from terry cloth and the grommets just don't cover enough of the fabric around the cut to prevent it from unravelling. I also tried putting an "iron on" patch on the backside then the grommet. But the patch only stuck to the top of the terry loops and then it was too thick for the grommet.


The best way I have had for curtains (I have done this several times) is to just sew a simple straight seam along the top for my curtain rod. You could even do this by hand. Another advantage to this is later you can take out the seam and it becomes a towel.

Also remember they fade from the sun. I have had best luck using white towels for curtains.

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September 3, 20090 found this helpful
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I made curtains using towels, for our camper. Instead of using grommets, I went to the hardware store and bought large washers. Sprayed them the color I wanted, and when dry, used fabric glue to attach them, and an awl to make the center hole. I put them on a table, with a heavy weight on them, until dry.


This was done 3 years ago, and they still look nice. Go through the washer and dryer with no problems. You can even change the washer color with a small brush, whenever you want an update! Good luck!

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September 5, 20090 found this helpful
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I have made bathroom curtains from towels for years. I just get the towels I want and use the cafe clips - they hold great! The nicest part is the towels are not ruined and can be recycled for their original use. Towels too long? Simply fold to right length and clip making a valance.

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August 31, 20090 found this helpful

I've not done it, but it sounds really nice! I googled and found these instructions. They offered other links for other ideas/instructions.


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September 2, 20090 found this helpful

Thanks for the input, I thought of the clip but the type of look that I want and the weight of the I will use may be too heavy for the clips. I like the idea of the velcro thou. I just don't know how easy to gormmets are to install. Now that the kids are back in school and I only have one left at home my load is a little lighter for shopping. I should check out some fabric store.

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September 6, 20090 found this helpful

I went to the fabric store and I found some fabric that I like but they had the wronge colour. It was a chenil cotton terri fabric. very nice texture. She said I could use this no fray stuff to prevent fraying when I put the grommets in. I will go to another fabric store and buy this in white. In Canada we have fabric land.


Kind of a walmart for fabric. We do get some nice items there. I could check out some higher end stores. My mom the sewer is coming next week and we will go check some store out. I am all excited to get these done. It looks very simple. I will post photos when I am done.

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January 21, 20220 found this helpful

Or fold it over the rod=instant valance.

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