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Introduce color, lively pattern and flattering softness to your bath with a fabric shower curtain that's easy to sew using two window treatment panels. New rings and grommets add glimmer and style.
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Wash, dry, and press curtain panels before beginning this project. Use a seam ripper to undo the top, bottom, and side hems of both curtain panels.
Use a sharp seam ripper to cut threads every inch or so on the back of the panels. Flip the panel over and pull the threads from the fabric.
Lay the two panels side-by-side with two long edges together. Align the pattern, place panel fronts together, and pin the edges together so the pattern remains aligned. Stitch. Cut excess fabric from seams; press open.
Feed the fabric slowly beneath the sewing needle foot to avoid bunching. Remove pins as you work so you don't sew over them. If you have difficulty with the curtain fabric shifting as you sew, fit your machine with a walking foot for better control.
To determine the finished width for the shower curtain, measure the width of the shower opening. For more fullness in the finished curtain, add extra width as desired. Trim equal amounts from the sides to center the seam joining the panels.
To determine the shower curtain length, measure from the top of the rod to 1 or 2 inches above the floor. (The finished curtain shouldn't touch the floor.) From this dimension, subtract the height of the shower curtain rings. Add 1 inch to accommodate the grommets, which will be installed 1 inch below the top edge of the shower curtain. Cut away excess fabric, press, and hem to length.
To make clean cuts, use good-quality, sharp fabric scissors, such as bent-handle dressmaker's shears.
Re-hem the top, bottom, and sides of the shower curtain to match the desired dimensions. Make the top hem at least 2 inches deep to accommodate grommets.
Press folds prior to sewing for straight hems.
Lay the finished shower curtain pattern-side down on a flat surface. Lay the vinyl shower liner on top, aligning the top edge of the liner so the centers of the liner holes fall at least 1 inch below the top edge of the shower curtain. Poke the tip of a dressmaker's marking pencil through the center of each liner hole to mark locations for the grommets. Lay the liner aside and install a grommet at each mark.
Feed the shower curtain rings into grommets and shower curtain liner holes, and hang both on the shower rod.