Last spring, we received a lovely shower curtain from my cousin and his wife. It was a wedding gift, and I adored it. And then, like everything else we own, dirty grimey handprints somehow magically appeared on it.
So, I washed it. You would think a shower curtain would be machine-washable, but NO…. after one innocent little wash, ours turned a really ugly shade of yellowy-white, reminiscent of sweaty t-shirt armpits. Hmmpph. Perhaps I should have read the washing instructions, eh?
That prompted my mission for a new, cheap shower curtain. But not some plain old boring one, because I’m as picky as they come. I looked and looked, and nothing in our price range fit the one I’d dreamt up in my head. Furthermore, I became obsessed with the wickedly overpriced but very pretty ruffled ones ones they carry at Anthropologie.
Never one to give in and settle for second best, I decided I could make my own pretty ruffled shower curtain for next to nothing.
And so, I give you two curtains:
The only thing left to do is add the grommets so it can hang on rings with the liner. It was really easy – time consuming and tedious, but easy. It’s just one large curtain with 7 12″ ruffled tiers sewed on, spaced about 11 inches apart so they overlap slightly.
EDIT: I’ve had a few requests for a pattern/direction. I didn’t have a pattern, but I did write up some basic directions that will help you pull together you’re own ruffled beauty…it is SUPER easy if you know how basic sewing techniques and have a machine. The math was the hardest part for me ;)
First, I cut out a piece of white muslin that was about 2 feet wider than the width of the shower, and with a length long enough to almost (but not quite) reach the floor from the shower bar. Remember to leave room for hems – the top part needs a decent size hem- mine was 3″ – and the bottom just needs about a 2″ straight hem.
I sewed all hems and the pocket for the large piece, then cut longer pieces for ruffles. The ruffles I used are about 10″ tall, and I made them twice as long as the width of the base piece. The wider they are, the rufflier it will be. 1.5 times would probably be fine – mine kind of takes over the bathroom.
The height for the ruffles can be figured in accordance with the height of your base piece. You want the ruffles to overlap by about 1.5-2″, and the last one should end right before the bottom of your base.
You have to hem up the edges on each ruffle piece. This is the most time consuming part! Turn the hems in so that they won’t fray in the wash.
After that, I worked on one ruffle at a time – I folded the fabric up every few inches and pinned it to the base piece, creating the ruffle effect. Then I ran a tight straight stitch over the entire length to secure it. I didn’t get too exact with the folding over – kind of
winged that part, but it still worked out fine in the end. If you’re pretty confident your measurements are correct, start from the bottom and work up – it’s easier, because you won’t have to flip the previous ruffle up. If you’re not confident, start at the top – you can always shorten up that last ruffle, no one would notice ;)
The last step was to create large button holes (in the top hem) for the shower curtain rings. I think I did 12 across to match the number of holes in plastic liners.
I think I ended up doing 6 ruffle layers – it took all day, but it’s a very cool curtain and the materials were incredibly cheap.