Something about the whir of a well oiled machine….
Recently, I had my small downstairs bathroom off the kitchen painted navy blue and white. I wanted a linen shower curtain in a natural tone to hang in the room, but the ones I saw online were really expensive, and I was too lazy to sew a triple ruffle. One ruffle would do, The price of the Pottery Barn line shower curtain above was a hundred bucks, not including shipping or tax. I found my oatmeal colored natural linen for ten dollars a yard. I used just under three yards so my cost was less than a third of store bought. I already had the thread, so I’m not counting that. The quality of this linen is also better than the store bought versions, most of which are a linen cotton blend.
The only problem with sewing your own shower curtain is that you will have to make it a bit narrower than the standard width of 72 inches if you don’t want a seam in the curtain. The average shower curtain dimensions are 72 inched by 72 inches. My fabric was 54 inches wide and I left it unhemmed at the sides since I liked the tiny red stripe going down the selvedge. Since my fabric is only 54 inches wide instead of the standard 72 inches, it fits into the much more narrow shower area perfectly. If you were to sew a curtain for a larger tub enclosure, you could sew two panels together, making a luxurious 108 inch width curtain . But I only needed one panel, which kept my cost down.
I only had to hem the top and then I made the buttonholes. The ruffle’s hem is sewn on the serger. I used my rolled hem stitch on my serger to finish the edges of the ruffle’s top and bottom, making this a very quick sew. A zig zag stitch could also be used if one doesn’t have a serger. The ruffle is gathered and then sewn directly to the outside of the curtain bottom, giving a cute little extra ruffle in that spot.Curtain directions.
To sew the curtain, I pre-washed and dried my linen.
Cut out the following pieces of fabric:
One 54 inch long piece for the top portion of the curtain
Two 25 inch long pieces for the ruffle on the bottom.
To sew top part of curtain:
Fold top under 1/2 inch and press. Fold under again two inches and press.
Sew vertical buttonholes to top of curtain every six inches. Leave a half inch of space between the top of the buttonhole to the top of the curtain.
Finish the bottom of the panel with a serger or zig zag stitch. The ruffle will then be tacked on one inch above the bottom of the panel.
To sew the bottom ruffle:
Sew the two shorter pieces together at the selvedge, creating a piece double the width of the top piece.
Sew a basting stitch along the top with a one inch allowance. Gather to fit the top piece.
Tack onto the top piece one inch above the bottom of it.Pin it.
Sew with a half inch seam allowance.
Remove gathering basting stitch. Done!