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.
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.
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.
Then I flipped the curtain over and topstitched close to the band edge.
It worked! Not only does it make my shower curtain longer, it brings in a nice touch of color.
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.