A few weeks ago, I volunteered to make a custom shower curtain for a friend who I helped update her bathroom. I’d never attempted to make one before, but I really wanted to make something that would tie in the color scheme perfectly and give the right “classy/polished” vibe that we were going for. Stay tuned guys, ’cause this is kind of a long one… (If you’re a visual learner, there are lots of pics too!)
I knew right away that I wanted to work with drop cloth. The new bathroom colors were a few different shades of tan, black, and a bit of gray and white. Drop cloth was the perfect color for the main part of the curtain, it’s very durable, and also- I just love working with it. (Check out my pillows and some wall art I’ve made with it.)
1. I bought a 6’x9′ drop cloth from Lowe’s because shower curtains are usually always 6’x6′. I also verified the length on the homeowner’s previous curtain to make sure I didn’t actually need to make it longer based on how high their curtain rod was. (Nope, it was the perfect length!) I also picked out some floral fabric which matched the shades of tan and black, and some fun fancy ribbon and fringe for embellishing. I bought 2 1/8 yards of the floral fabric and each trim.
2. I laid out the drop cloth on the floor and ironed the whole darn thing. It was a bit of a task because of its hugeness.
3. Since I bought a 6’x9′ cloth, I didn’t have to cut or hem the sides because it was already the perfect width. (Yeay!) But I did measure and mark 72in. from the top and then cut off the excess 3ft. of cloth at the bottom.
4. Next I flipped the whole thing over to its back and folded over 2in. from the top (top= finished edge) and ironed it flat. (I can’t remember the last time I used an iron this much!) This would become the top hem where I would sew the holes for the hooks.
5. I ran the cloth through my sewing machine and stitched the top hem along the line of thread that already existed.
6. Then I folded the cloth in half lengthwise with the “good side” on the inside. Hook holes are generally 6in. apart so I started at the middle (where the fold was) and used a pen to mark 3in., 9in., 15in., etc. all the way to the end. I had to fold the top over again to mark the holes for the other side.
7. I sewed all 12 of the curtain hook holes by making button holes. It was hard to get a picture of how to do it, but if you’re not sure how to make a button hole, I’d really suggest looking at the instruction book for your sewing machine. Here’s a finished hole:
Yeay! It’s actually starting to feel like this could become a shower curtain… at least it can be hung now!
8. Now for some beautification. I pinned the pom-pom trim directly over the thread that I had stitched, which made it about 2in. below the top of the curtain. Then I sewed it onto the cloth.
9. I left the drop cloth alone for a bit and got out my floral fabric (and ironed again!). It already had a crease at 24in., which was perfect for what I wanted it for. I cut the fabric about an inch past the crease. Then, with the fabric folded at the crease, I pinned some basic trim onto it and sewed it so that only half of the trim was over the edge of the fabric.
10. Next I took that piece and pinned it to the drop cloth, measuring 50in. from the top of the cloth. Each side of the floral fabric had an unfinished edge of almost an inch. Then I attached the two pieces of fabric together – I stitched over the basic trim again to hide the thread.
11. For each side, I turned the floral fabric in just a bit and ran a seam all the way up. Then I folded them in again and pinned them to the drop cloth this time. I ran another seam and completed the edge. It’s good to fold it and stitch it each twice so you don’t risk seeing any loose threads or have issues with unraveling.
12. I pretty much did the same thing for the bottom hem. First I folded the floral fabric up just a bit and ran a thin seam, then I folded that so the drop cloth was inside the seam but not folded. (It would have made the bottom hem too thick if I had folded the cloth, and I was still planning to add fringe!) I ran it through the sewing machine with the thread near the edge so it would be concealed by the fringe trim I was about to add.
13. I pinned the fringe to the bottom and sewed it onto the curtain over the thread for the hem.
14. Then I sat for a minute and admired my work… and I knew it was missing something. So I bought another fancy piece of fringe and decided to add it near the top because it seemed like the design was a bit bottom-heavy. I pinned it 6in. below the pom-pom trim and sewed it on.
15. I folded and reinforced the stitching on every edge of each trim (by hand, since many were too thick for the sewing machine).
16. The End! Except for buying some cool new hooks of course, that totally match the curtain and the entire vibe of the new bathroom.
I love how the colors all tie in together perfectly (especially with the newly painted cabinet), and it really gives the bathroom a lovely focal point across from the gorgeous new granite countertop. This process can be followed for any type of curtain – heck, this would probably look great in a living room or bedroom! You could also make it simpler by not adding so many embellishments, but that’s what I think makes it so pretty. 😉
Haven’t seen the rest of the bathroom makeover yet? Click HERE.
I sincerely hope you have a wonderful Easter this weekend and take some time to reflect on the true meaning of the holiday.
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