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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Easy Shower Curtain Re-Styling | Family Economics


Cathe Holden 


For the last fifteen years, I’ve hung a basic white shower liner paired with a decorative fabric shower curtain, changing both through the years, but always with the same basic look.

Our main bathroom also serves as a guest bathroom and I wanted to come up with something dressier to hide the metal curtain rod. With my long list of never-ending home projects, I was hoping for a solution that was either inexpensive, or quick and easy to make.

When shopping, I found most shower curtains were the same style that I’d been using for years, so I walked a few aisles over to the drapery section in hopes of finding something new. To my delight, there were so many more beautiful fabric pattern choices! I bought two pairs of curtain panels and once home, pulled out my sewing machine and got right to work. In less than an hour, our guest bathroom had an entirely new look!


To make a similar shower curtain display from pre-made drapes:

Purchase two pairs of 54” x 84” panels and one additional shower tension rod. Feed three of the panels onto the rod and secure above your tub/shower to a height that leaves the bottom of the curtains about two inches from the floor.

To create the center valance, use a straight-pin to mark the center panel at a length that will both cover the shower liner rod, but high enough for the taller family members’ heads to clear when stepping into the shower. Remove the center panel from the rod, fold back and press the marked pin-line with an iron. Trim away remaining fabric allowing enough to remain past the fold line, to hem at an identical width as the bottom of the original curtain panels. Use a sewing machine to finish off the bottom of the center panel similar to the factory hem. Replace the shorter center curtain piece on the rod with the longer panels to each side.

To create curtain pullbacks:

With the remaining center panel fabric, cut one strip the width of the panel and 14-inches wide. Fold in half so that the fabric is 7-inches wide with the pattern on the inside of the fold. Sew along the open side at one-inch seam allowance, creating a long tube. Turn the entire piece inside out, and use the iron to press the tube flat.

Cut the pressed tube into two equal long pieces. For each pullback, tuck one unfinished end into the other to make a loop and stitch along the entire opening to close the loop. Slip each loop onto the shower curtain panels and use a pushpin to tack in place.

Use the remaining curtain panel and any additional fabric to make smaller bathroom curtains, a skirting for the sink area, a slip cover for a home-office chair or throw pillows, a table runner, or linen napkins for your home.

Have you modified store-bought items similar to this before? Please share your ideas and creations in the comments section below!

Photo courtesy of Cathe Holden.

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