DIY Lined Shower Curtain
January 27, 2014
I love having a cat, ours is a keeper with a great personality but the one thing I wish we didn’t have to deal with is a litter box. Ugh. So I’ve hidden it in the hall bathroom shower for over a year and I just can’t take it anymore. Besides, we needed to reclaim that shower for the kids turning 8 and 10 who have been showering in our bathroom for too long, and for guests that come stay with us.
I wanted to make a shower curtain for the space that was taller than standard 72 x 72” curtains using my new Dewdrop fabric – now a new one it hangs at 86” tall on a new higher rod in the hall bathroom.
This is a view of a space I’ve never shared before mostly because it wasn’t that exciting, just a toilet and shower and old curtain rod but I do love the little glass tiles set into the floor – a project we completed before I even started blogging. There’s that pesky litter box…
The process of sewing your own shower curtain is like sewing one giant pillow cover, but with a seam down the middle. I used two 88” lengths of basic lightweight cotton to line the curtain and my dewdrop fabric for the outside pattern. The first thing you do is sew together the length of the liner.
Repeat the same process with your pretty fabric, if it has a pattern, align the repeat and pin together for a less visible seam. Since the curtain remains gathered when not in use it’s not noticeable.
Flip the liner and patterned fabric inside out just like you would with a pillow cover, pin them together and sew three edges (the top and sides) but leave the bottom hem for later.
Turn fabric right side out, and use a kit to install grommets along the top of your shower curtain. I found these at Joanns but you can also find them at home improvement stores.
Follow the instructions on the kit to install them, you need something strong and solid beneath when pounding them in, choose any hard surface that won’t chip or dent.
Use the same amount of grommets as your liner (typically 12) equally distanced apart. The good news is that shower curtain liners are available in longer lengths of 84” and 96” at places like Bed, Bath & Beyond for those like me who prefer taller shower curtains.
Once the grommets are installed, hang the curtain up on your rod so you can hem it to the proper length. That porcelain tile you see is from Lowes – I bought it five or six years ago and installed it in this pattern. The last time I was there I saw they still carry both the blue glass tiles and the ‘Rialto White’ squares, they must be popular. :)
Use pins to mark the bottom where you want the curtain to hang, then return to the sewing machine to complete that bottom edge. I flipped it inside out to sew most of the bottom, allowing 10 inches to flip it right side out, then finished up the bottom with a stitch close to the edge, one that no one will see since it hangs at the bottom of the shower curtain.
And that’s pretty much it, now I just need to paint the walls inside this shower/toilet space a lighter color, probably the same Ben Moore ‘Tranquility’ on the walls next to the vanity and cabinets (you can see better images of the white painted bathroom cabinets and vanity here).
Anyone else ever stitched up your own custom shower curtain? Did you follow the same process? Got any ideas on WHERE to relocate the cat’s litter box? I’m thinking the garage but that involves installing a pet door. I welcome your cat box solutions …