A New Shower Curtain

January 18, 2010
Onward and upward with the bathroom redecorating campaign.   Let’s talk shower curtains, shall we?  I found a lovely white matelasse fabric curtain at Target.  Got it home, hung it up, and was shocked at how short it was.  Turns out most shower curtains are 72” x 72”.   I want my shower curtain to come close to the floor.  Time for a trip to the fabric store.   At Joann’s I found fabric perfect for lengthening my too short shower curtain.   As a bonus, it was 50% off.

Waverly fabric 
My fabric was only 54” wide so I had to join two pieces so it would be wide enough for my 72” wide shower curtain.  After joining, I cut my band fabric, allowing 2 inches at the bottom and  2 inches at each side edge for hems, and a half inch seam allowance along the top.  To make a simple hem, I turned the bottom edge of fabric under an inch and pressed, then did it again.  Then, I stitched close to the edge to make the hem.

Simple 1 inch hem

To get rid of bulk, I trimmed off the bottom edge of the shower curtain.  I pinned the shower curtain to the raw edge of the band, right sides together, and stitched them together.  There should be two inches of extra band fabric on each edge extending past the curtain fabric.    This extra fabric will be folded over to become the side hems.  I pressed the curtain towards the band, and then did the same hemming technique along each side edges.

Side Hems 

Then I flipped the curtain over and topstitched close to the band edge.
  Topstitching
It worked!  Not only does it make my shower curtain longer, it brings in a nice touch of color.
  Finished Band
Since I had a bit of fabric left over, I decided to make a simple topper.  I sewed a panel the width of my curtain, and hemmed all four sides.  Then I bought this Dritz Extra Large Eyelet Kit.

Dritz Eyelet Kit
They were easy to install following the directions on the package. 

    Shower Curtain Topper

Another Grommet View

Finished!  
I really like the way it turned out!
Looking for some inspiration this week?  Check out these blogs for some great ideas:  Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch, Get your Craft On Tuesday at Today’s Creative Blog,  DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land, Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage and Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special.

32 comments:

  1. You did a great job with the shower curtain.
    I have been looking for that quilted shower curtain for a while now. At our Target, it's there hanging as a sample, but they never have it there to buy.

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  2. You did a great job. I too like my shower curtains longer then average. Who makes the fabric, I have been looking for something with those colors for my living room pillows?
    Cha Cha

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  3. I *really* like it too!

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  4. The fabric was from Waverley. I've already cut off and thrown away the selvedges so I don't have the name for you, but you should be able to find it. Good luck!

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  5. Thank goodness the original shower curtain was too short because your revamp shower curtain is BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Fabulous job!

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  6. Wow this looks so nice! I love the topper it really adds to the shower curtain.

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  7. Looks great. I have a few projects in mind that would require eyelets/grommets, but I've been procrastinating because I'm scared they'll be hard to work with. Great know you had such success.

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  8. Nice, Carolyn! I find I like a white shower curtain with a little bit of fabric, like yours. We have doors on our showers, but that's what I'd get if I had shower curtains. The white keeps in crisp and clean looking, but the bands of fabric at the top and bottom help bring in some color.

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  9. I love your new shower curtain. Great job! --Delores

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  10. I wish I could do this kind of thing. I don't have the skill or patience but yet frustratingly, have the imagination! Beautiful work and lovely material. xx

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  11. Love it !! Great job. I wish I could sew ... I got a beautiful, new sewing maching for Christmas (and it's still sitting in the box). LOL Your curtain looks perfect !! Take care, Becca

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  12. I love it! The colors are great. I have a sewing machine, and I'm scared to use it! I need to make some curtains, so I really need to get over my fear. You make it look so easy!

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  13. That's really cute! So much more interesting than all white. I have a pillow made from that exact material that I picked up from TJMaxx last year. I love the colors!

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  14. I like this a lot. Great job!

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  15. You found a great solution and gave your bathroom some personality by giving it your own touch. Great job!
    Living it up at Lakewood,
    Cindy

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  16. Wow, what a great way to personalize a shower curtain (or any curtain for that matter). I am inspired and it cements in my head that it's time I save up for a sewing machine. I haven't had one since the mid 90s and it's about time I get one again.

    Love it!

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  17. That looks awesome, totally something I would buy in stores.

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  18. It looks fantastic. You are amazing!

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  19. Don't you just love grommets? I had to use them for my scout troop one year and was amazed how well they worked! Your shower curtain looks exceptionally well. WTG!

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  20. It turned out great Carolyn! I really like the fabric you chose is really fresh and fun. I like the use of grommets too. It's funny, I was just working on some posts and just completed one (not posted yet) with a similar idea, but not totally, regarding window treatments and then I came over here and saw your shower curtain.

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  21. That was a very smart solution. I also dislike short shower curtains, and someone once told me to use a window curtain.

    Or if you want a really full shower curtain, to double up and use two! :D

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  22. You are so smart! I have been thinking about our shower curtain and wishing it was longer too. What a great idea!

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  23. I love the new shower curtain.

    Looks really sleek!

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  24. Funny - I always have to lengthen mine too! It just bugs me when they are so short! I love the combination of fabrics together - Fabulous! You did a great job! Thanks for sharing.

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  25. What a fantastic idea!
    I love the fabric and the curtain. Great pop of color!
    ~Amy

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  26. This turned out perfect! I love the grommets! I've had to do this with window treatments when I couldn't find what I liked!

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  27. I love this what a great tutorial and idea!!! I am excited for your link party tomorrow woot woot!

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  28. Wow so nice! I like this site. Keep it working every day.

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