About a month ago, I fell in love with this shower curtain from Anthropologie.
Beautiful, yes? I thought it would be pretty easy to reproduce this look, and when I saw that my local fabric shop had a huge sale on solids, I had to go for it!
The original shower curtain retails for about $118 at Anthropologie, and I paid around $30 for all of my materials.
I don't have many photos for this tutorial, because honestly I didn't plan on it being one. I wish I had taken more because with all the fabric and ruffles, it was quite the monstrosity to sew! Meaning-I don't think I'll be sewing another.
Also, I didn't get a serger until after I made this shower curtain. Sewing the hems and gathers on all of the ruffles definitely put me and ruffles on bad terms.
Anyhow, on with it!
Here's what you'll need:
I used 8 different colors for my shower curtain, with a total of 10 ruffles so in total, you will want 10 yards of fabric for the ruffles (1 yard per ruffle) backing-5 yards
interfacing-1 yard (i pieced mine otherwise you need 2 1/2 yards for length)
1. Pre-wash and press all fabric. This is a MUST because you don't want this shrinking up after you've sewn the whole thing.
2. Out of the ruffle fabrics, cut strips from salvage to salvage measuring 8 1/2"high. You are going to want to make as may strips as you can from your yardage. Sew the ends together to make one nice, long row.
3. If you have a serger, consider yourself lucky and serge away at this bottom edge! If not, I feel your pain! You are going to have to turn the bottom edge to the wrong side 1/4" and press. Fold the edge over again, 1/4" and press. Take this to your machine and sew the hem with 1/8" seam allowance.
4. At the top of the ruffle, sew a basting stitch with 1/4" seam allowance. Sew another with 3/4" seam allowance. Cinch the ruffle up and set aside.
5. Repeat steps 2-4 to all the ruffle pieces.
6. For the backing, you are going to make one nice big square measuring 72" x 72". To do this, cut the five yards in half, so 2 1/2 yards each and sew them together with a 1/2" seam allowance.
7. Press the seam open.
8. Fold the top over 1/2" towards the wrong side, press. Fold it again 3" from the crease you just made. Press
9. Lay your piece of interfacing, 2 3/4" x 72" and on the wrong side of the fabric, lay it right up to that crease you just made. Iron it according to your manufacturer's instructions.
10. Fold that 3" of fabric over the interfacing you just attached and press. Pin into place.
11. Sew this flap with 1/8" seam allowance.
12. Now, measure down from the top of your curtain you have so far 73"
13. Fold the bottom edge up 1/2" towards the wrong side and press. Fold it 1/2" again and press. Sew this hem with 1/4" seam allowance.
14. Finish the sides of the base of this curtain in the same manner. Folding the edges over towards the wrong side, pressing, and sewing.
15. Finishing the top-I chose to use buttonholes to finish the top of my curtain. I've found that liners tend to vary, so it would be best to lay your liner over the top of your curtain base and mark where you would like each buttonhole to go.
16. Add each buttonhole to the top of your curtain base.
17. Now we are going to attach the ruffles-fun! Except not so much...
18. Begin with the bottom ruffle and adjust the gather to fit the width of your finished curtain base. Pin into place.
19. Baste the ruffle into place, then secure it with 3/8" seam allowance.
20. Take your next ruffle, and position it so it overlaps with the ruffle you just made by 1" (you want to cover the raw edge of that first ruffle)
21. Repeat this process to the rest of the ruffles, except for the top one. When you secure the top ruffle, you're going to want to turn the edge under so that there is no raw edge exposed since there will be nothing to cover it up. (I actually just left mine raw-I liked the look of it)
22. That's it! Hang that baby up and be in awe of the masterpiece you created for your bathroom!
Finished Dimensions: approximately 72" x 72"