How to Make Window Curtains With a Shower Curtain

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Decorations for your home can often be expensive and difficult to coordinate. Save money and frustration by sewing window curtains from a shower curtain that already matches your bathroom. You can create several curtains depending on your measurements and use what is leftover to make matching tie backs.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Curtain rod
  • Fabric shower curtain
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
  • Measure your window and curtain rod attachments to determine the size of your window curtain. Add approximately 6 inches in width, depending on your preference, to allow the fabric to scrunch onto the rod and still adequately cover the window. Turn the top of the shower curtain down over the curtain rod to determine how much fabric to add to the length. You want to leave enough fabric on top for the curtain rod to comfortably fit in the rod casing.

  • Find the existing side or bottom seams of the shower curtain, and measure from the seam to the edge. Double that number and add it to your width and length.

  • Start at the top on either side of the shower curtain, and cut it to the size you need. Conserve fabric by only making two cuts, one side and the bottom. Set the rest of the shower curtain aside.

  • Create a seam guide by folding the raw edges back and placing straight pins evenly along fabric. Use the measurement you took of the existing seam to determine how much to fold over on the side and the bottom. Do the same for the top, but use the rod measurement to determine how much to fold down.

  • Sew each side of your curtain by placing the fabric onto your sewing machine, backstitching the beginning of the seam and using the guide on your machine to line up the straight pins as you pull the fabric and backstitching the end as well. Cut loose any stray threads.

  • Iron the entire curtain except for the top rod casing. Most shower curtains have a plastic lining on top, and it melts. Press each seam carefully to set the seam.

  • Place the curtain rod in the top rod casing and hang in your window. Adjust the curtain on the rod as needed.

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