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From: gabisky
Date: 05-03-2005, 04:20 PM (1 of 8)
new to sewing but not to decorating i want to know if there is a certain type of fabric or how to make a shower curtain i almost have one of my bathrooms done but i can not find a shower curtain to match and i really want to learn how to make it myself if anybody can help please do :re: :whacky:
User: gabisky
Member since: 05-03-2005
Total posts: 1
From: Martha
Date: 05-03-2005, 07:17 PM (2 of 8)
You can use just about any decorating fabric for a shower curtain. Use a plastic liner on the tub side to keep the decorative one dry. If using grommets, you can hang both on the same hooks. You can also get spring tension rods that could be placed over your regular shower curtain.
User: Martha
Member since: 12-30-2000
Total posts: 44
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 05-09-2005, 01:06 PM (3 of 8)
I like using sheets.. No seams in the middle that way.. Clear Plastic liners also, so the fabric shows in all its beauty..
Sew With Love
User: LeapFrog Libby
Member since: 05-01-2002
Total posts: 2022
From: mommgsews
Date: 05-10-2005, 01:39 PM (4 of 8)
Cotton duck is what a lot of hotel shower curtains are made of. I used some and made an oversized one for our bathroom. I then used some fabric paints and stamped a border along the bottom edge. After I hung it it, I decided it was more than I really wanted. So I cut off the top, added a new rod pocket and used the bottom 18 inches as a valance. Then used a clear vinyl liner - very inexpensive and easily replaced - as the actual curtain. We have a small bathroom and the full solid curtain ws just too invasive.
User: mommgsews
Member since: 03-15-2004
Total posts: 73
From: carman
Date: 05-10-2005, 01:56 PM (5 of 8)
welcome to the SWN gabisky, the ladies are full of info and help ideas.
User: carman
Member since: 04-17-2000
Total posts: 692
From: tuesday carter
Date: 05-29-2005, 08:44 AM (6 of 8)
Be sure that you wash and dry your fabric first. It will shrink in the bathroom with all the heat and moisture.
If you are using fabric that is not wide enough, you will have to join lengths. The proscribed way to do this is to buy two lengths equal to your cut lengths and cut one of them in half down the center. Then, join one half to each side of the uncut length so that you have a full width of fabric in the middle and a half width joined to each side.
In other words, don't just sew two lenghts of fabric together with a center seam down the middle to get one that is wide enough for the curtain. Add one half of the other length to each side.
One advantage to making your own curtain is that you can make it fuller or longer. I find that the ready make ones are often not full enough or long enough.
You can make buttonholes for the rings. I find that holes or grommets hold the curtain on the rod in a more pleasing way than do tabs or ties.
User: tuesday carter
Member since: 04-19-2005
Total posts: 7
From: shirleyp
Date: 05-30-2005, 02:14 AM (7 of 8)
Using tabs to hang your curtains are very nice also. Do not use anything of metal or they might rust. I am talking about the ones you button close, but just tabs are nice also.
User: shirleyp
Member since: 02-12-2002
Total posts: 352
From: mommgsews
Date: 05-31-2005, 01:48 PM (8 of 8)
Since mine ended up as a valance I just used a tension rod and a rod pocket to hang it. Also, since our bathroom is small ( and I have allergies) I wanted a sleeker, less fabric look. I used a single width of 60" wide fabric to make the curtain turned valance. It fit well and did not add any extra bulk to the room.
User: mommgsews
Member since: 03-15-2004
Total posts: 73
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