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« on: April 02, 2004 10:11:20 AM »

Dismayed by the cost of the shower curtains that I liked in stores ($60CDN!!!), I decided to make my own:

http://mydogmeg.net/images/projects/shower/shower_300x400.jpg

Materials:

About 2-1/3 yards/2m each of at least two fabrics,  45"/115cm wide
1 package of 12 grommets
1 vinyl shower curtain liner

To determine how much fabric you need, buy the vinyl liner first. The average size seems to be about 70" long by 72" wide; you will want enough fabric that you can piece together a sheet 11" longer and 5" wider than your liner so that you have enough for hemming. Also, a note about grommets: make sure that you buy grommets with holes that are larger than your shower curtain hooks!

Wash and dry the fabric. The curtain is likely going to get wet from time to time, and at least it will be exposed to high humidity while in use, so it should be a fairly resilient fabric - poly/cotton blends work well as they usually don't require much ironing (unless you're the type of person who likes ironing things like shower curtains and sheets, in which case, knock yourself out with 100% cotton!).

Rip the fabric longwise into strips of random width. Since you'll be sewing with a 1/2" seam allowance, the narrowest strip should be at least 3"; my widest was about 14". The nice thing about ripping is that they should all be straight, which makes the next step easier: sew the strips together on the long edges, mixing up the colours and widths however you please, until you have a piece 11" longer than your liner. Cut the width to 5" wider than your liner. Press all the seams toward the bottom of your shower curtain.

For the top hem, fold the top 3" toward the wrong side of the fabric, and then fold 3" down again, over the first fold - this will give you three layers of fabric, and no raw edges at the top or bottom. Sew this down about 3/8" from the top of the curtain and again about 3/8" from the bottom of the folded edge. For the bottom hem, fold 2" toward the wrong side of the fabric and then over again, and sew down the same way. For the side hems, fold 1" toward the wrong side of the fabric, and then over again. Your hemmed curtain will be about an inch longer and wider than the liner.

Lay the curtain right-side down on the floor, and place the vinyl liner on top of it so that the top edges are flush and the liner is centered width-wise. Make a mark through each of the holes in the liner, onto the curtain fabric. Follow the instructions on your grommet kit to put the grommets in (they usually come with a little tool and you have to hammer them).

That's about it. The total cost of my curtain, including the vinyl liner, was $22CDN, thanks in part to a great deal on the fabric ($2.42/metre!). It took about 2 hours to complete.

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« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2004 11:05:07 AM »

That is a very chic looking shower curtain!
It looks very expensive!
Don't you just love it when you can make what you see---and for cheaper!
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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2004 10:56:45 AM »

thats pretty hot. I love the colors Grin
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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2004 08:58:07 PM »

Rip the fabric longwise into strips of random width... The nice thing about ripping is that they should all be straight...

Ripping is one of the most underrated sewing tips I know!!! It's such a great way to ensure that your lines are straight (even if you just rip one edge and use it as a guide.)

Your curtain looks great, too!  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2004 11:19:47 PM »

that curtain is great, i love the colors, excellent job....
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« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2004 02:09:41 PM »

That gives me an idea... maybe you could use a few old Twister mats and punch holes in them. That'd make a really cool  shower curtain. Too bad my bedroom's all retro and my bathroom's all magical-faerie-forest.  Sad -=pouts=-
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« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2004 02:16:25 PM »

WOW! thats alsome! i love it! looks great!  Cheesy
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