This is one of those sewing projects where you just need to sew a semi-straight line and you’ll be okay.
For this project, I used decorator-width fabric, which was 56″ prior to hemming and a shower stall liner, which is 54 x 78″. This is taller than a standard shower curtain, filling the visual vertical space better (in my opinion.) It is narrower than a traditional shower curtain, though, so I will make two.
One tip – it’s nice to use a fabric for this project that looks good from both sides. That way, you don’t have to look at the “backside” of the fabric and/or you don’t have to make a liner.
Start off by hemming all four sides of the curtain. Make sure you have enough fabric to allow for the hems. For example, for a 78″ shower liner, I would cut the fabric to about 88-90″ long, so I have plenty of room to make nice, deep hems. To hem the fabric, fold it over once and then a second time. Pin in place or use an iron to make a crease.
Sebastian was being so helpful…
Sew the hem in place and repeat on the remaining three sides, making sure the measurement of your hems work with the dimensions of your liner.
Line up the top of the liner with the back side of the top of the curtain.
Mark the location of each hole with a pencil…
There are a couple of directions you can go at this point. If you want to go the no-sew route, you can use a grommet-making kit, but I decided to make buttonholes. That decision meant breaking out all of my sewing machine feet as well as the instruction manual. I have done plenty of buttonholes, but I only do it every few years and I have a knack for completely forgetting how to make them in between projects.
And, I had actually never made buttonholes on this particular sewing machine. (I am using the Singer Heavy Duty 4411 Sewing Machine.) It ended up being very easy, though, because this machine had dial settings for each buttonhole step.
(As a side note, I have an upholstery machine, a Sailrite LS-1. I use that machine for all of my slipcovers and upholstery work, but it just sews in a straight line. It doesn’t have bells and whistles and doesn’t do any fancy stitches. So, I have a less expensive machine to do buttonholes and a few other things.)
Anyway, the first thing I had to remember was how to attach the foot to the machine. After picking through a box of feet, bobbins, and pieces, I found the connector. I actually found two different ones, so I thought I would show both in case yours looks like one or the other. (The long piece is the buttonhole foot.)
The connector hooks onto the little bar on the foot and then screws onto the machine.
There is an adjustable piece at the back of the buttonhole foot that is meant to hold the button you’re making holes for. This will ensure that your hole will fit your button. Since I wasn’t making a hole for a specific button, but for curtain rings, I just used a dime.
Once the foot is on the machine, I always do a test hole on a scrap piece of fabric just to practice.
Once I’ve had a successful practice, I sew a buttonhole on each mark on the curtain…
I use a seam ripper to make a hole in the fabric and then trim any threads.
And, that’s it!
I am glad I was able to reuse something I loved from our last house and it adds some great pattern to this bathroom makeover.