How to Make a Shower Curtain

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How to Make a Shower Curtain

The last time I had to shop for a shower curtain, I was shocked at how expensive they’d gotten, and disappointed in the selection. So, when I found myself needing another shower curtain this week, I decided to make my own. This was an easy project, and didn’t cost anything, since I was able to use materials from my stash.

Vintage Screen-Printed Fabric in Navy and Brown

After considering all my options, I decided to make my shower curtain out of this vintage screen-printed cotton canvas that I picked up a few years ago. I think I bought it at the thrift store near our cabin, but I can’t remember for sure.

That navy and burnt sienna combo was calling out to me, and I think it was meant to be because I had just enough for this project.

Want to learn how to make your own shower curtains? Let me show you how it’s done.

How to Make a Shower Curtain With Buttonholes

These instructions make a standard 72″ x 72″ shower curtain. If you need a different length or width, just adjust the measurements accordingly. To save time and money, the top of this shower curtain is made with buttonholes, rather than grommets.

What You’ll Need:

Optional (but nice to have):

Unless you’re working with a roll of upholstery fabric, you’ll probably have to sew two pieces of fabric together to create a 74-inch-wide piece. If so, add an extra half-inch to the width of the fabric to account for the extra seam. That means you’ll need a piece that’s 76″ x 74-1/2″.

What You Do:

Match the Fabric Pattern

Match the pattern on the two pieces of fabric, and pin or clip together.

Sew the Two Pieces of Fabric Together

Sew a 1/4-inch seam to join the pieces. Trim any excess fabric from the seam. Then, lay the fabric upside down on your work surface.

Fold the Side Hems and Pin

To hem the first side, fold the edge over 1/2 inch. Then, fold it over another 1/2 inch, and pin or clip in place. I’m partial to sewing clips because you can attach them one-handed, and because they don’t cause your fabric to bunch or pucker.

Hem the Sides of the Shower Curtain

Stitch along the edge of your hem to secure. Repeat the process with the other side.

Create the Bottom Hem

Then, repeat the process once more, to create the hem for the bottom of your shower curtain.

Fold the Top Hem and Pin

To create the top hem, fold the fabric over 1-1/2 inches. Then, fold it over another 1-1/2 inches.

Note: If you’re using a light-weight fabric, you may want to add some interfacing to make the top of your shower curtain sturdier, so it doesn’t rip with frequent use.

Hem the Top of Shower Curtain

Stitch along the edge of your hem to secure.

Use a Shower Curtain or Liner as a Template for the Buttonhole Placement

Then, flip your shower curtain right side up, and use a shower curtain, or shower curtain liner, as a template to mark where your buttonholes need to go. To do this, simply lay a curtain or liner on top of the one you’re making, and use a water-soluble marker or pencil to make a mark inside each buttonhole.

Mark the Location of the Button Holes

If you don’t have a curtain or liner you can use for this purpose, just evenly space 12 buttonholes across the top of your curtain.

Button Holes at Top of Shower Curtain

Then, use your sewing machine to sew a 7/8-inch-long buttonhole at each of the spots you’ve marked. Every machine handles this a bit differently. Just follow the instructions that came with your machine, and you’ll be amazed at how easy it is.

My machine has a one-step buttonhole foot that makes the task a cinch. You just stick the button you plan to use at the top of the foot, and it automatically makes the right size hole. If this is how your machine works, use a 3/4-inch button to create the buttonholes for your shower curtain.

Once you’ve sewn all your buttonholes, open them with a seam ripper. Since I used cotton canvas for my shower curtain, I actually found it was easier to open the holes with a utility knife.

Picture of Shower Curtain Hung Up

Then, all that’s left to do is to grab some shower curtain rings, and hang your new shower curtain! I recommend using a liner, so it lasts a long time.

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