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How-To Make Your Own Shower Curtains

Good Morning!

As you know I am participating in the One Room Challenge 6-week link party.

{Or if you are not sure what I’m rambling on about click here :)}

One of our tasks for this project was to make a shower curtain.

Now I know you are probably thinking “they sell lots of shower curtains in stores these days” and you are correct…

But for this remodel we decided to have an extra long shower curtain to create the ambiance of a spa, and make the bathroom appear larger.

So DIY shower curtain it is!

How-to Make Shower Curtains

This project first started out with a little afternoon trip to an outlet fabric shop.

{aka Fabric Store Heaven}

Where they had 52,589 rolls of fabric to choose from.

How-to make Shower Curtains

And the prices averaged…wait for it…$1.50 per yard!

See what I’m talking about…Fabric Store Heaven 🙂

So the fabric for our shower curtain cost a whole $11.24.

Pure. Insanity.

Anyways…on to the tutorial.

You will need:

6 yards of fabric {mine was 60″ wide}

2 inch grosgrain ribbon

Scissors, Thread, Iron, Ironing Board and a Sewing Machine

Some assistance from a seasoned seamstress {aka Mom} if you are still somewhat of a novice sewer like me 🙂

Oh and a Real Housewives marathon playing in the background…because this will take a little time – but it’s completely worth it!

Shower Curtain Tutorial


1. Determine the length of the shower curtains {my curtains hang just about 7″ from the ceiling}.

2. Add about 6” in order to have enough to finish the top and bottom of the curtain {since my finished product is 90” I started with 96” length fabric}.

3. After cutting the fabric the length you want, start by folding the sides first. Fold about ¼” and press with iron.  Then fold fabric again {about ½”} and press.  Do this for both sides of the curtain.

4. Then pin the fabric in place and begin sewing each side close to where the inside fold is and press.

5. For the top of your curtain, start by folding the fabric ¼” and press down. Then fold again {about 2 ½”} and press that as well.  Pin the fold in place.

6. To make the tabs use the 2” grosgrain ribbon and cut into 3” long strips.  {I used 6 ribbons tabs for the 2 side panels}. Lay the top of the curtain on the ironing board and start with the first 3” ribbon tab and place it at the end just under the  fold {about ¼”} and pin it in place.  Move along the top pinning ribbon about 7” apart {the width of my curtain is about 49” so this was how I got 6 tabs}.

7. Sew the top of the fold {where the ribbon is tucked under across the entire top of the curtain}.  Note: The closer the ribbon tabs are to each other the smaller the pleat.

8. For the bottom half of the ribbon start by sewing at the first end of the ribbon. Back stitch each ribbon and continue sewing the bottom of all the ribbons.

9. Next, hem the bottom of the curtain {my shower curtain is 90” long so I measured accordingly}.  The fabric we used is a light weight polyester blend, so we purchased weights to weigh down the curtain to help it lay nicer.

10. Lastly, place on shower curtain rod. Repeat above directions for second panel.

Note: These shower curtains are not lined.

And you are finished!!!!

Time to admire your beautiful {and very cost effective} shower curtains!

Shower Curtains

Now this may go without saying…but just in case – you will still need to purchase a shower liner to actually take a shower.

You don’t want to ruin your bathroom…or those new curtains!

Shower Curtains

I’ll admit this wasn’t as simple as making throw pillow covers…but it really isn’t as intimidating once you get going.

All you really need to know is how to fold, cut, pause to watch some major drama unfold on the Real Housewives, iron, sew and ask your Mom for assistance when you have no idea which direction to move in next 🙂

But…it’s so worth it!

Happy shower curtain making!

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  • Pat

    Good for Mom! They look great – love the hidden tab look!

    • Thanks, Pat! It was nice to have help from someone with a little more sewing experience 🙂

  • Looks great…Very spa like! Love how the room is coming together!

    • Thanks, Ariean! This room has been a lot of fun to redo 🙂

  • What a great idea to make your bathroom spa-like! I would have never thought of extra long curtains! Great tutorial … now you have my mind spinning. Also … I have that same ironing board cover! 🙂

    • Great minds think alike 🙂 Thanks, Katie! I’m excited to start accessorizing very soon! That’s the best part.

  • I’ve haven’t seen a shower curtain open on both side before, how cool it that! I’m so excited to see everything.

    • Thanks, Courtney! My sister saw a picture of it on Pinterest so we went with it. Seems very “spa-like”…so hopefully it turns out that way 🙂

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  • I’m still scared of my sewing machine but love the look of your spa shower curtain! Such a great lush look!

    I would love for you to share at my Show Me Saturday Party. We go live each Saturday morning at 7:00am EST.
    ~ Ashley

  • Terri

    Hi Erin! Just wondering where this amazing fabric store heaven is!?