It doesn't matter if you can't (or don't) sew... You can still make your own shower curtain.
You can tell a lot about a person by the state of their craft tools. What does this tell you about me?
Yep, I use it a lot. Yep, I'm a kind of fly by the seat of my pants crafter. Yep, it's probably time for a new glue gun.
My latest glue gun project? A No-Sew shower curtain for Rick & Jodi's house.
Now please keep in mind that the bathroom itself is not finished. The walls still need paint, the cabinets are still being re-done... I just wanted to get it up so that I can show you how to do this. (It needs to steam out in a hot bathroom and the tassel is a temporary tie-back.)
But at any rate, here's how I did it. What you'll need:
- 2 tension shower rods
- 1 shower liner
- a set of 12 shower rings
- about 4 yards of fabric for the curtain
- about 5.5 yards of fabric for the decorative panel
- about 3 yards of trim for the panel
- a glue gun & several glue sticks
- an iron
You'll also need a big work space. I used the floor. Spread the curtain fabric on the floor, folded in half lengthwise. It should look a bit like this.
It is VERY important to only glue 10 to 12 inches at a time, because you need to smooth it together as quickly as possible. Hot glue dries very quickly, you want to ensure a tight, smooth adhesion. You do not want it to harden before you can smooth it completely flat.
Once you've glued one entire selvage edge together, open it up and press that seam. I decided that the selvage edges that remained were kind of cool looking, so I opted not to "hem" them. I did create a "hem" on the top and the bottom of the panel.
(NOTE: there are some of you who are die-hard Measure People. If it makes you feel more comfortable, measure away. The rest of you? Come with me, we're moving on the the next step.)
Once you've hemmed the top and the bottom of the panel, it's time to measure for the shower rings.
There are 12 shower curtain rings. You know you're going to need one on each end of your curtain.
Take the 107" and divide it by 10 (the remaining number of rings). That comes out to placing the rings 10.7" apart. I am a complete idiot when it comes to math, (what is this .7 business and how does it translate to the measuring tape!?) so I measured out and made little dots at just over 10" apart, then laid the rings out so I could eyeball them. (You know how I like to just eyeball things...)
(NOTE: If you wanted to do it the best, proper way you would use grommets here. I opted to do it the lazy, fast way, but can always add the grommets later.)
Moving on to the decorative panel. I wanted the finished panel to hang pretty much from the 7' ceiling to the floor.
Take the two edges and glue like you did for the curtain, a little at a time and quickly. Check and make sure that the pattern is lined up once you open it up. I did not do this right the first time and had to re-do it. (Just keepin' it real.)
Then fold over the side edges, press them and glue.
Hem the bottom. Then, making sure the tension rod fits, glue the top of the valance to make the pocket. (NOTE: Do Not try and glue the pocket with the rod in there... just make sure it fits before you start gluing is all...)
This is a good time to measure from the top of the valance to the bottom of the panel. I wanted the finished piece to come in at 6'10" for my 7' ceiling. Trim the top of the panel if necessary to achieve the length you want.
Here's the original one I made for our front bathroom.
What do you think?
UPDATED: I was asked in the comments for a breakdown of what this project cost...
2 Tension Rods at 14.95 each
1 shower curtain liner at 14.95
1 set of shower curtain rings at 10.99
Sub total = $55.84 (less a bunch of Bed, Bath & Beyond coupons)
Total for hardware about $50
Striped fabric = $5 per yard
Solid fabric = $4 per yard
Trim = $1 per yard
Total for fabric about $46.50
So the whole project came in at less than $100. You could bring it in for a lot less, it depends on your fabric choices. The black & white curtain cost less than $50 because I chose less expensive materials and already had some of the hardware.
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