Check out this gorgeous shower curtain from Anthropologie! It’s only $118!! ummmmm, now it’s not so cute anymore…
What You’ll Need:
-Five cheapo shower curtains from Dollar Tree
-Rotary cutter, cutting mat, and a straight edge (optional, but makes it much easier)
Fold a shower curtain in half, lengthwise, a few times. Then cut 10 inch strips starting from the bottom. Repeat with the next three shower curtains (so you only cut four of your shower curtains). Stop cutting when you have 22 strips.
Sew two strips together so you have one long strip, repeat with the rest of your strips until you have 11 long strips. I noticed that the shower curtains had a shiny side and a matte side, so keep this in mind as you’re sewing. Since I wanted the matte to be on the outside of my finished shower curtain I sewed my strips with the matte sides together.
Sew a basting stitch (the longest straight stitch) along the length of each strip, I sewed mine 5/8″ from the edge.
Pull one of the threads to create a ruffle (there’s a top and a bottom thread), work from both ends. Repeat with the rest of your strips.
Lay out your fifth shower curtain. Mark where you want your ruffles to go. Then safety pin on your ruffles starting at the bottom. I pinned the top of my first ruffle at the bottom of the shower curtain to add some extra length, you’ll see why later.
Tip: Since you have to reach under when pinning, roll up your shower curtain while working so you can reach the top half easier.
I left some room at the top of my shower curtain so I could fold it over to create a nice edge over the top ruffle (this is why I added length to the bottom). I secured the fold with one long strip of tape on the back. You might have to reopen some of the holes for the shower hooks because the fold or tape might cover them, I used a razor blade to do this.
And you’re done!
Note: You might have noticed that some of these pictures look like they were taken at different times, this is because I first attempted this three times with three different kinds of tape. None of them worked, however the long piece at the top is secure. I tried packing tape, duct tape, and “waterproof carpet tape”. They all fell off fairly quickly… however with the waterproof tape it fell off and permanently stuck on other ruffles that had fallen to the floor. This left me with holes and pieces of tape on my ruffles, but these ruffles are VERY forgiving and hide all the imperfections quite well. I had to hunt for some of the many holes to take these detailed pictures.
However, YOU wont have this problem because you’re going to safety pin it together. And if you’re worried about rust, don’t be. I was too, that was one thing that kept me from using pins in the first place… but when I went to the store to buy safety pins, this is what it said on the package:
I hope I’ve inspired some of you to make this fabulous, and cheap, ruffled shower curtain! feel free to comment or ask any questions.
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