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Anthropologie inspired shower curtain tutorial

Check out this gorgeous shower curtain from Anthropologie! It’s only $118!! ummmmm, now it’s not so cute anymore…

But you know what IS cute? my DIY  $5-ish anthropologie-like shower curtain!

Here’s how I did it!

What You’ll Need:

-Five cheapo shower curtains from Dollar Tree
-Safety Pins
-Tape (optional?)
-Rotary cutter, cutting mat, and a straight edge (optional, but makes it much easier)
-Sewing machine
-Thread

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

Sew a basting stitch (the longest straight stitch) along the length of each strip, I sewed mine 5/8″ from the edge.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.

Step 6

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!

And, just for fun, lets take a look at what my bathroom used to look like:

It’s amazing what a little paint and dollar store shower curtains can do.

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.

From a distance it looks like this, and even if you could see some of the holes… isn’t the distressed look “in”?  ;-)

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:

The pins are rust resistant!  Well that takes care of that.

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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Thanks to See Kate Sew for the inspiration!

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  1. Korrie@RedHenHome

    This is SO cute! I don’t know that I would have had the patience, though! ;-)

  2. abeachcottage

    That turned out really great! Well done

  3. Denyse@Crazy Beautiful Life

    Your curtain came out so good and I love your humor in fixing repairs with your “rust proof” pins…that’s awesome…I would love for you to share it at my “Anything Goes” Linky party…

    http://www.mydailyphotojourney.blogspot.com/2011/11/anything-goes-linky-party.html

  4. Jen

    Wow! What a lovely shower curtain! Thanks for sharing! ~Jen

  5. Cindy

    Oh, wow – you did a great job! I’ve never been very crafty with sewing, so I’m not sure I’d have the patience, but it looks fab!
    Cindy

  6. Kayla

    so cute! I bet you could do this using just one shower curtain as the liner/anchor and some old sheets for the ruffles as well.

  7. Bonnie

    awesome!!
    I am so glad I saw this, I have been wanting to do an Anthro ruffled shower curtain knock off, now I can!!
    But i am a little confused. What did yo use the pins and tape for?

    1. Alissa

      Thanks! I used the pins and tape to put it together. This stuff is hard to sew. It was hard enough to sew the two strips together, I can’t imagine trying to sew the length of the strip to the backing.

  8. Jill

    This is so cute! I really love the stripes on the ceiling too!

    1. Alissa

      Thanks Jill!

      1. Jennyjohanna

        damn that is a cool shower actruin. i don’t know how crafty you are, but you could buy an all-cotton loop rug in white and hand-dye the ends of it beige so it looks like a giant bandaid. and use old apothecary bottles for q-tips (i know you have to have those, hehe), cottonballs, etc.i’ve been wanting to do a theme bathroom for ages. i keep waffling between hello kitty just to annoy all the males in the house, and a chess bathroom.

  9. DONNA

    THIS IS SO CUTE.I WOULD PAY WHATEVER FOR THIS SHOWER CURTAIN.I CAN’T SEW BUT I ADMIRE YOUR PATIENCE AND CRATYNESS.I WILL TRY SOME OF YOUR OTHER IDEAS.LOVE THE EASTER EGGS.JUST IN TIME…

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