Cute shower curtains can be hard to find, especially if you are on a tight budget. One can easily be made, though, using vintage sheets! These instructions are for a standard 74"x74" shower curtain, although I made mine a little smaller to accommodate my shower.
For this project you will need:
(1) piece of a vintage sheet, cut to 75"x75"
(2) strips of vintage sheets (in different colors) cut 6"x90" (you may need to piece
together two strips to get one long enough) for the ruffles
(12) grommets. I used one of these to apply these. If you prefer, button-holes can be used instead of grommets.
rick-rack for embellishment (mine is vintage)
First, we will make the ruffles. Press each of your 90" strips in half length-wise, with the wrong sides out.
Stitch the raw edges shut to form a tube.
Turn the tube right-side-out and press it, with the seam running down the middle of one of side.
Run a loose basting stitch down the middle of the tube, using the existing seam as a guide. Don't back-stitch at either end! Gently tug on the top thread, and the seam will start to pucker. Carefully do this along the entire length of the tube. Once finished, you have your first ruffle made! Repeat the previous steps to make your second ruffle strip.
To attach the ruffles to the curtain panel, pin the ruffle strip in place and carefully stitch it, gently gathering up the fabric as you go. If you have a ruffle foot attachment for your sewing machine this step will be easier. If not, though, no big deal. Just pay careful attention to what you are doing and please watch your fingers!
Once your ruffles are attached to the bottom of the curtain, stitch a row or two of rick-rack across the top.
To hem, press in the seam one half inch (toward the back of the curtain)
and then another half-inch,
pinning as you go along to keep everything in place. Try to use the already hemmed edges of your sheet to your advantage and save yourself some work! I used one for the top edge of my curtain.
Once your curtain has the embellishments attached and is hemmed on all four sides, you are almost done! The last step is to attach the grommets.
Use your old shower curtain or your curtain liner to mark on the new curtain where the grommets will go. This distance is 6" apart from center to center.
Using the marks you just made, cut a hole and follow the package instructions to attach each of the 12 grommets. Once your grommets are attached your curtain is ready to hang!
Posted by Katherine on Wednesday, October 28, 2009