Creativity in the home doesn’t stop at the exterior, and the interior dotted by furniture. The décor of the bathroom matters as much as that of your sitting and living rooms. Hence, you should begin to channel resources to that end. One of the ways to bring out a new look in your bathroom is by integrating a shower curtain.
What Is A Shower Curtain?
A shower curtain is a dedicated curtain that prevents water from splashing out of the shower area. The curtain can also come in different forms, such as a blind, mantle, drapery, or pall. Whichever option you want to settle for, you must always have in mind that it helps to keep the bathroom area free of water splashes when you’re bathing.
Making Your Shower Curtains
While some homeowners are comfortable with purchasing shower curtains from the dealers, many others would instead make it themselves. The Do-It-Yourself (DIY) approach is geared towards helping the involved persons to customize the curtains to their taste.
Therefore, if you’re looking at that option, then we got you covered. Below are some of the steps you can follow to learn how to make your own shower curtains.
- Select the Fabric
You have to be conscious of the type of fabric you select for making the shower curtain. You wouldn’t want a material that would end up letting out the splashes of water you hitherto wanted to keep enclosed. As a general rule, it’s advisable to pick a fabric that can withstand the moisture. Some of the options include but not limited to polyester-cotton and vinyl.
Aside from the selection of the fabric, you also have to look at the measurement. Ideally, a shower curtain ought to measure about 72 inches by 7 inches. You have to note that many fabrics (including those mentioned above) do not usually come in those measurements. So, you may want to consider putting two panels together to get the desired measurement.
The size of the fabric also plays a role in the making of a shower curtain. Provided you’ve put two materials together; you’re sure of getting the right measurement. For instance, let’s say you got a panel that is 72 inches long and 72 inches wide. In such a case, you may want to add 16 inches in length and 8 inches in width for the hem.
Now, you would be having the original 72 inches length (with the addition of the 16 inches length to bring it to 88 inches long). The other would be 72 inches wide (with the addition of the 8 inches for the hem to make it 80 inches wide).
Once you’ve gotten these sizes accurately, then it’s time to proceed to the next step.
- Sewing the Fabrics
It’s time to sew the fabrics to make your own shower curtain. Ideally, you have to fold down the four inches before ironing it flat. The material would then be folded over the remaining four inches, after which it would be rolled flat like the other was.
After ironing the fabric, you would then have to pin it in place. The next step would be to sew the materials to remove the folded lines. The procedure shouldn’t be limited to the top. Also, you have to extend the same sewing to the bottom and the sides of the fabric.
- Decide between Buttonholes and Grommets
There’s always a moment of confusion when it comes to choosing the buttonholes over the grommets, and vice versa. While buttonholes may serve many purposes, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to go for grommets (which would be used for this tutorial).
The firsts step towards that is to mark a point in the fabric where you want to have the center of the grommets. Follow it up by getting a grommet tool kit that would be used to make the sizes at the selected position.
The second step is to place the bottom of the grommet on the side of the fabric. Make sure it is faced out before proceeding to get the top piece over to the backside. Get a metal cylinder from the grommet tool kit. That would be used to position the top and the bottom sides of the grommet. The rule of thumb is to start the work by placing the cylinder under the grommet before placing another at the top. That makes it easier to hammer both sides together until the grommets stop spinning (which is an indication that it has been secured).
- Hang the Shower Curtain
You now have a new shower curtain! Go through the seams and the grommets to be sure everything is in place. If so, you can then decide on the position to hang the shower curtain. Ideally, it is positioned to either end of the dedicated pole in the bathroom. You can then push the curtain to the center when you’re having a bath.
Congrats! You’ve now learned how to make your own shower curtains.
Other DIY Shower Curtain Concepts
There are many different options worth considering when deciding on making a shower curtain. The top of the list is the creation of ruffled shower curtains from fabric remnants. So, look around your home and gather those fabrics that have outlived their purpose. Sew those bands of ruffled fabric onto a drop cloth to make the shower curtain.
Second, you may want to embroider a design on your new shower curtain. It’s essential in cases where your curtain couldn’t rhyme with the aesthetics of the bathroom. So, you may want to embroider your favorite designs on the blank curtain for a unified look.
Third but not the least is the painting of bright, horizontal stripes on already-made shower curtains. The rule of thumb is to mark out the areas of the curtain that should be painted before using a coral color to create crisp and elegant horizontal stripes on them.
Make Your Shower Curtains
Many designer curtains can cost some hundred dollars. So, why don’t you learn how to make your shower curtains? That does not only save costs but also empowers you to customize the curtains as you deem fit. Take a cue from the ideas on our list to get started!