Yesterday I showed you the gorgeous shower curtains I made for a client. Shower curtains made with ruffles and lace. Today I’m going to show you how to make a shower curtain for yourself. The fact that this project uses bed sheets makes it so easy and quick you won’t believe how fast it is!
You will need the following for one shower curtain:
4 yards wide lace – you can find different styles here.
Thread to match the sheets and lace
Figure the finished length you want your curtain. And how long you want the bottom ruffle. The length of the finished ruffle can be subtracted from the total finished length of the curtain. The main curtain piece will be cut shorter by the length of the ruffle (it will be the total finished length minus the finished length of the ruffle) (you will need to add a seam allowance to the bottom of the main piece and to the top of the ruffle) when the ruffle is added the length will be the original length you figured. Make sense? Don’t forget to add those seam allowances and hem allowance where needed!
Create the bottom ruffle. You will use the extra bedsheet to make the ruffles. Cut the ruffle across the width of the sheet so you can use the hemmed sides as the sides of the ruffle. Cut two widths – ruffles look best when they are at least double the width of the main piece. The length the ruffle hangs can be whatever you prefer. Add about an inch in length to create a hem. I hem by serging the edge and turning it up twice and topstitching.
The two ruffles can be stitched together (right sides together) and then press open. Because the edges were hemmed you won’t need to finish them, just press! 🙂 Sew the ruffle pieces together before hemming the ruffle.
The top ruffle is made the same way as the bottom ruffle. I made this ruffle wider than the bottom one. You can make yours however you wish! Finish the bottom edge with a hem just like the bottom ruffle.
To get the lace ruffle and upper fabric ruffle in the correct spots I measured up on the main fabric 1 inch less than the length of the ruffle. I wanted the lace ruffle to just cover the seam of the bottom ruffle.
The top ruffle can now be added in the same way as the lace ruffle. Decide how far down on the lace you want it to hit and measure up from the lace accordingly to make your line for where the top ruffle will be attached.
Make buttonholes, spaced evenly, along the top of the curtain. You will need 12 buttonholes. I don’t have an easy way to tell you how to space the buttonholes – I put one on each end and space them evenly – just trial and error – doesn’t usually take too long to figure out where they all should go – start with 5 inches apart and see if it comes out right. Adjust as needed to get 12 buttonholes. I know there is probably a mathematical equation that would solve this but it’s quicker for me to do it this way than to find that equation 😀Buttonhole scissors are one of the best tools for your sewing room – makes cutting open those buttonholes very easy.
Hang your ruffles and lace shower curtain and enjoy the beauty you have created!