My master bath was pretty outdated and needed a little attention. This spruced it right up!
Typically a shower curtain is 70″ wide. The home dec fabrics I carry in the shop are 56″ wide. I didn’t want to match the print by sewing two panels together to create a 70″ wide curtain. So I got to wondering if I could make a narrower shower curtain out of just 2.25 yards of fabric? Turns out you can!
Pros: Easy to make, affordable, personalized shower curtain!
Cons: The curtain does not have that really flowy look with all the rich folds that a larger curtain would have on a small shower like.
What you need:
- 2.25-2.5 yards of any home decor fabric (56″ width)
- Coordinating thread
- Scissors/rotary cutter
- Buttonhole foot or buttonhole tutorial.
- Button (If you are using the buttonhole foot on the machine. The one I used was 7/8″.)
Making the Curtain
Note: Measure your old curtain and trim fabric length to that measurement plus 6.5″.
1. Fold over one of the long sides of your fabric piece by 1/2″ and press. Fold over another 1/2″ and press again to create a nice finished edge. Pin in place.
2. Repeat on the other long side.
3. For the bottom edge, repeat the process with two changes. Make the first fold 1/2″ as you did on the sides, but make the second fold 1.5″.
4. At the corners, you will want to fold and trim the fabric to create a mittered corner. Here’s how:
Unfold the hems.
5. Repeat on the second bottom corner.
6. For the top, fold over 1/2″ for the first fold and 4″ for the next fold. Miter the edges as you did on the bottom edge.
7. Sew around the outer edge of the curtain using a 1/4″ seam allowance, securing the hemmed edges and the mitered corners. Sew the top seam 1/4″ from the large fold.
8. Mark the location of where the bottom holes will be placed on the FRONT of the curtain with a pen/pencil .* Use the shower curtain liner as a guide. **
9. Sew button holes*** on the RIGHT SIDE or FRONT of the shower curtain.
10. Press and hang it up to admire your hard work!
*Learn from my mistake: I marked the BACK of my curtain. Sewed the button holes with the WRONG side of the curtain UP. The FRONT of the curtain ended up with the BACK of the button hole.
** Again, a tip: I used the OLD shower curtain as my guide originally and when I went to hang it I realized they did not match up and COULD NOT make it work. I had to rip them out and redo them. You do NOT want to make that mistake!
*** My machine has a buttonhole foot and a button I push to make the magic happen! I was afraid of it until I read the manual and realized it was SUPER EASY. Give it a try! With that said I did not always have a fancy machine and I did learn how to make these on my own. They really are not that hard. I promise! I would practice a few times on scraps either way before taking it to the curtain. Be brave!
My new curtain makes me smile every time I see it! Do you have a bathroom in your house that could use some freshening?