Monday, January 2, 2012

Drop Cloth Shower Curtain Tutorial

Way back in July when we redid our bathroom, my mom and I made a drop cloth shower curtain. When my mother-in-law saw it she loved it and asked for one for Christmas, so I thought I'd share a little tutorial on how we made it.

I purchased a 6 x 9 drop cloth from Home Depot.

Start out by folding the top of the drop cloth down 31 inches. 

Fold it back up to the top. Now you'll have a pretty 15 1/2 inch valence like fold at the top of your curtain. 

Pin in place along the top.

Next, we positioned brown grosgrain ribbon near the bottom of the valence where we wanted it and pinned it in place. 

For the bottom of the curtain, we used a 4 foot x 8 inch piece of toile fabric, and 2 - 2 foot by 8 inch pieces of muslin. We sewed a piece of muslin on each end of the toile fabric. Then we used more of the brown grosgrain ribbon to cover the seams.  (When you measure, be sure to add an inch or so on all sides for a seam allowance).

Sew on the ribbon.

We positioned the fabric where we wanted it on the bottom of the curtain and pinned it in place. 

Now, sew everything you have pinned:  Sew the fabric along the bottom of your curtain. 

The valence gets sewn along the top of your curtain and your grosgrain ribbon gets sewn on the bottom of your valence.

Next, starting 2 inches in from the side at the top of the curtain, place a pin every 6 inches. You should end up with approximately 2 inches left at the other end and have 12 pins along the top of your curtain. 

Using your sewing machine, create a buttonhole where you have placed a pin. 

Cut a slit in the center of each buttonhole to slip your shower curtain rings through. 

Now you're left with a gorgeous drop cloth shower curtain!!

Please let me know if you have any questions. I would be happy to answer them.

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  1. This looks very cute! What a great idea ;)

  2. Wow, this is so pretty.


  3. Just beautiful!
    A friend of mine is making me some dropcloth valances for my studio and downstairs bath that is in the middle of a makeover...can't wait!

  4. Stunning!! I just LOVE drop cloths and the toile is the perfect touch to yours!

  5. Amazing, Melissa! I love the toile and mix of texture! Thank you for linking up this fabulous tutorial at my Kiss & Tell party! I had to feature your curtain right away on my Facebook page this morning in the Kiss & Tell artist talent album!
    <3 Christina

  6. Wow, beautiful! I love the ribbon and toile detail. Perfectly pretty!
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

  7. Really cute! I love drop cloth crafts! (and I HATE doing hems, so this is perfect!)

  8. Awesome look Melissa. Love the toile accent.

  9. This looks great! I feel like the drop cloth thing looks so good in other people's homes, but it would look like a mess in mine. Love the ribbon detail!

  10. I love drop cloth curtains and using it for a shower curtain is lovely. Thank you for sharing your instructions :)

  11. That is so pretty Melissa and a great tutorial. I was pleasantly surprised with the feel of drop cloth fabric and how nice the drape is. I think its my new favorite fabric...its so sturdy and looks so nice.

  12. Dang Girl! That' awesome, and not a flimsy one at all. I have YET to buy a drop cloth to sew with-- what's wrong with me?? Late bloomer maybe! Looks great!

    Thanks for sharing :)
    Visiting from Freckled Laundry linky party.
    ~Suzanne in NW Illinois at WHYCUZICAN

  13. Hi! Visiting from Remodelaholic. This is gorgeous. Love how you incorporated a valance and the toile fabric. Who knew a drop cloth could look this good?

  14. Very cute! I love seeing projects made with drop cloths. It's so very versatile!

  15. Looks great!! What a brilliant idea!! Came over from Financial Friday Link up at the Grant Life!!

  16. Great idea. It looks FABULOUS and probably is fabulous for less! It would be perfect for my kids' bathroom which I keep meaning to redo, but have not found enough inspiration.

    Found you from the linky party at Grant Life.

  17. What a wonderful and resourceful idea! I love the toile fabric with the drop cloth - really pretty!

  18. Very cool! I like your use of black toile fabric. I just today bought drop cloths and will be making family room curtains out of them. You did a great job!

  19. So Cute! Thanks for sharing! I've been hearing about using drop cloths for various DIY projects. I'm going to have to try this out! :)

  20. I'm back, a few blog friends and I are collectively presenting a new challenge idea and I thought of this shower curtain project, we would love to have you join. If you have a second, check in at on Monday, and feel free to email me if you have any questions!
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

  21. Good Job! I'm a Toile lover so this really caught my eye and my heart.

  22. I love this idea!! You did a great job! The only bad thing is that I now have ANOTHER project in my mind that needs doing. lol

    Terri Miller

  23. Great job! You are such a terrific seamstress, I love your shower curtains...elegant! I have no sewing machine, I gave mine away several years ago, who knew! I hope your year is coming along in the best way and many blessing for 2012, sweet lady. I also came to invite you to enter my 1 year blogg-a-versay giveaway....all you have to do is visit me and comment on the giveaway, that's all! Thanks and good luck, now it's my turn, lol!

  24. You really took this curtain to the next level and added some charm to it. I love the toile! It's so romantic! andrea@townandprairie

  25. So cute! Wow! Thanks for linking up with "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We hope you will link up next Saturday with more great ideas. -The Sisters

  26. Egad! I totally love this and gave it a feature today!

  27. Fantastic!! I love all things Drop Cloth, haven't seen it in the bathroom yet! I am featuring tomorrow at my party, thanks for linking up!

  28. Yep. That's pretty much AWESOME! First time I've seen a drop cloth shower curtain. Thanks for sharing with air your laundry, Friday. I'll be featuring this one tonight!

  29. good post
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  30. You make this look so easy! I love the step by step and your pictures are great :)

    Thanks for linking up to Financial Friday (where anything goes) and I hope to see ya there tomorrow! :)

  31. That's gorgeous, I really like it. Such a nice tutorial, too, thank you for it.

  32. Girl, that is so pretty! I saw you featured over at Redoux and was so excited for ya!!!

    1. Nice cloths shared on the site. We can be know that in this cloths and enjoy it. Mostly are used and know that.

  33. Are the drop cloths washable? In other words, will the shrink unevenly if washed? Love the shower curtain. Just beautiful.

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