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« on: July 07, 2005 02:28:17 PM »

How to Make Shower Curtains

1.  Measure Opening
A standard shower curtain measures 72" X 72". For the finished curtain width, measure the length of your curtain rod.  For the finished curtain length, measure from the rod to approximately half way down the sides of the tub.

2.  Cut Each Panel
Because the width of a standard sized curtain exceeds the width of the fabric, two panels of fabric will need to be sewn together to create one wide curtain. For a balanced effect, allow one whole panel in the center and split the remaining panel on either side.

3.  Sew Panels Together
With right sides of fabric facing, pin and stitch side panels to either side of center panel.  Press seams open and finish edges.

4.  Hem Curtain Sides
Turn up and press 8" on upper/lower edge of curtain. Tuck in cut edge to meet crease and press again creating a  4" double thickness hem. Top-stitch through all layers of fabric along inside fold.  Turn up and press 4" on side edges of curtain. Tuck in cut edge to meet crease and press again creating a 2" double thickness hem. Top-stitch through all layers of fabric along inside fold.

5.  Buttonholes Header
To accommodate the 12 decorative rings, you will need to make 12 buttonholes.  Mark the location of each opening. Each mark on the right side of the curtain should measure 1" from the finished top edge of the curtain. The first and last mark should measure 3" from the finished side edge of the curtain and the remaining 10 openings should measure 6" between each.

Calculate Fabric for a 72" x 72" Curtain
(includes 1/2" seam allowances)
1.  Add 1" to the width for allowance of the two seams joining the side panels to the center, and 8" for the side hems, and add 18" to the desired length.
2.  Take your adjusted width measurement and subtract the width of the Fabric that you are planning to use (either 45" or 60"). 
3.  Divide the remaining number in half and you have the width for the two side panels to sew to the center panel.

1.  Shower Curtain:  72" by 72"
2.  Add seam allowances and hem allowances:  81" by 88"
3.  Subtract fabric width from adjusted width:  (45" width)36"  (60" width)21"
4.  Divide in half:  (45" width)18"  (60"width)10.5"

45" Cut: (1)45" x 88"    (2)21" x 88"       
60" Cut: (1)60" x 88"    (2)60" x 10.5"
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