Installing a new shower curtain is the quickest, easiest, and cheapest way to brighten up your bathroom. The difficult part comes in deciding on a colour and pattern that matches your bathroom’s design, and your personality. Fortunately, if you’re having trouble finding what you’re looking for, making your own customized shower curtain is super easy, affordable, and even pretty fun!
#1. Pick the Fabric
Aside from worrying about colours and patterns, be sure to choose a fabric that can hold up in wet environments. Vinyl and polyester are your best bet, but polyester-cotton blends can be used if you layer it in front of a standard clear plastic shower curtain.
The average full-sized shower curtain measures 72” by 72”, and for stall showers the size is usually 50” by 78”. That said, there are always exceptions so make sure to measure before you buy your fabric. Keep in mind that you’ll most likely have to buy two panels of fabric and sew them together in order to get the right width. As well, regardless of what your measurements are, be sure to account for at least 16” in length and 8” in width to make a hem.
#3. Fold, Iron, Sew
Measure four inches of fabric from the top of your soon-to-be-curtain, fold down, and iron flat.Fold another four inches, iron again, and pin your folds. Now, sew a straight line along the bottom of this seam to hold the folds in place. A sewing machine is easiest, but hand sewing is also doable, albeit it slightly more tedious.
Repeat all of these steps on the bottom of the curtain!
Follow the same fold, iron; sew process for the sides of the curtain, making two-inch folds instead of four inches.
#4. Add grommets
Grommets are optional, but can really give your homemade shower that high-end store-bought look. Almost all craft and fabric stores will sell grommet kits for $10-$20 and include everything you’ll need to install them with the exception of a hammer. Now, simply follow the quick-and-easy instructions on the back of the package! (Trust us, it’s simple!) If you decide not to use grommets, make basic button holes, or even just small, uniform slits.
#5.Hang and Admire
The only thing left to do, is hang up your shower curtain, stand back, and admire your hard work! If you really want to spice it up, consider buying some fancy shower rings that match the overall theme of your bathroom.