I recently made a new shower curtain for one of our bathrooms upstairs.
I added the ruffle because I didn’t have enough fabric for the full length. (I’m in The Land of Making Do, remember?)
The finished measurement for a standard shower curtain is 72″ long by 72″ wide. For this ruffled curtain, cut two widths of fabric at 62″. (I also saved fabric by adding a separate strip across the top edge for buttonholes for the shower rod rings.)
Step One: Sew Widths Together
Sew two widths of fabric together and trim to a 76-inch width.
I sewed a French seam to join my two widths. French seams aren’t required, but I like the nice, clean look on the back side. To see the details, visit my DIY French Seams in a Flash post. I’ve added new pictures for better clarity. If you had trouble understanding that post at first publishing, you’ll want to go back for a second look. I’m very sorry for any prior confusion.
Step Two: Header Strip and Side Hems
Cut two 4″ strips of fabric widths (54″). Sew the strip ends together and trim to 76″.
Sew the header strip across the top edge of the curtain with right sides together. Press.
Across the top edge of the header, fold down 1/2″ to the back side and press.
At this point, sew the side hems. (We’ll finish the header after the side hems are complete.)
Turn 1″ along both edges to the under side and press.
Turn another 1″ under and press, then stitch along the edge of each side hem.
Now you’re ready to complete the header.
Fold the header in half to just beyond the header seam. If we peeked under the flap below, we would see the header seam just underneath. Pin on the front side because you’ll sew from the front. (Please disregard the 1/8 and 1/4 markings on my ironing board pad, y’all.)
On the front side, stitch in the ditch of the header seam. I love to hide seams that way. Watch carefully that you catch the folded edge under there while you stitch in the ditch.
It’s not required, but I top-stitched the seam for extra strength. Here’s a look at the finished header after hanging it on the shower rod.
Step Three: Sewing Buttonholes for Rings
Time saving tip: mark for buttonholes (or grommets) by folding the curtain in half, side hem to side hem. This cuts your measuring time in half, the holes line up perfectly and ends are symmetrical.
From the folded edge, measure 3″ and place pins in the top fabric and the curtain portion folded under, separately. Measure 6″ over from those pins, and place pins there, as well. Repeat the 6″ measurements and pins until you come to within 2-3″ of side hems.
Here’s a picture of my pins for the buttonholes. Sorry it’s not such a great picture, but you get the idea. If you look closely, you can see my two pins stacked together at each 6″ increment of the folded shower curtain.
Step Four: The Ruffle
To prep for the ruffle, serge or zig-zag the bottom edge of the curtain to prevent ravel.
Sew together three 54″ widths of fabric for the ruffle. (To achieve the desired length, I cut my ruffle strip at 10″.) Hem the bottom edge with a double 1/2″ fold. Hem the strip sides with a double 1″ fold – identical to the side hems of the curtain.
Follow the procedure for adding the ruffle as I demonstrated in Whipping Up a Ruffled Tea Towel.
It’s flouncey and fun. Wouldn’t brown burlap be great? I had a little of that, but it was too small of a piece. I love hounds-tooth prints, though. Don’t you?
Thanks for joining me for another tedious tutorial! You all are great, and I so appreciate you visiting me in The Land of Making Do. What are your plans for the weekend?
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