But I have some problems:
#1 I don't want to spend $118.00 on a shower curtain
#2 Those colors don't match my room
So what is a girl to do... how about make one. And I call mine "Sunshine". Anthropologie's Shower Curtain has ten "panels" of descending color. I could only find nine fabrics that I thought really worked so mine has nine. Also, please don't judge me on the TERRIBLE photos in this tutorial, my bathroom has no windows and it was a rainy day! That's why I named her Sunshine.
What you need:
- 9 yards of solid fabric in a monochromatic color palate; light to dark
- light colored shower curtain to cover
- sewing machine
- serger (optional but makes it 10x easier)
Wash and iron all of your fabric
I am going to call each color a "panel". So, each panel needs to be 88" x 14". Most fabric is either 44" or 60" wide. I was at Hobby Lobby and I found broadcloth in a bunch of colors that were 44" wide. So that is why the panels are 88" long. Cut your yards in half with the selvages on the short ends. Do this to all of the panels. (This is the longest & most boring part)
Now each panel has two sides, a top and a bottom. Serge the bottom of every panel.
Now it is time for ruffles and who doesn't love a good ruffle? I used my serger to make them, and here were my settings, (click to make it larger). Do this to every panel. You will have to play around with your settings. The panels should now measure 71" wide. If they are too long that is ok, you can "ruffle" them more when you sew them on to the shower curtain. If they are too short, you will have to pull the ruffle out a little.
Now we will sew the panels on to the shower curtain. You could just make one yourself out of solid fabric. The dimensions of a regular shower curtain are 71" x 71". Start with the very bottom panel and lay it down so that the bottom of the ruffle comes about an inch past the bottom of the shower curtain and pin it down. Sew this panel on. (These pictures make me cringe)
Now do the same with the top panel. Start the ruffle just under the holes in the shower curtain.
Now here are my lovely math skills... I'm sure there is a better way to do this but I like to eyeball. I measured from the "sew line" of the top panel to the "sew line" of the bottom panel and cut that number in half.
For example: The distance between my two sew lines was 60". So half of that is 30" so I marked 30" with a pencil on the edge of the shower curtain and that was the middle. That is where I sewed my middle panel. Be sure NOT to measure from the bottom of the ruffle and measure from the actual sew line. Also maybe number your panels in order so to not confuse them.
You will continue with this method until you have added all of the panels. So again, measure from the middle panel's sew line to the bottom's sew line and mark halfway then sew that panel there.