Finished size : 36? × 72? per panel; makes 1 pair
A new shower curtain can make the entire bathroom feel new. With hundreds of pretty laminated cottons on the market you’ll be able to find just the right fit for your decor. Match it up with a new set of towels and a rug, and you’ve made over the whole room
Materials and Supplies
- 2 to 3 yards minimum of laminated cotton for main fabric, depending on orientation of pattern, plus more to match pattern repeat if desired
- 1½ yards laminated cotton for accent fabric, plus more to match pattern repeat if desired
- 1? yards double-sided stiff fusible interfacing, 20? wide, such as fast2fuse Light by C&T Publishing
- 12½ yards of ½?-wide double-fold bias tape
- Extra-large eyelet kit
- 12 eyelets/ grommets
- Hole punch
Home decor or lightweight canvas (instead of laminated cotton) would also make a great two-toned shower curtain.
cutting it out
Main Laminated Cotton
Trim off the selvages and be mindful of the print on the laminated cotton. Many laminated cottons have a distinct repeat, so lay out the fabric to determine the horizontal line that will be the top of both panels. You want the patterns to line up when the panels are hanging next to each other. Use a wide, clear ruler and a pencil to draw 2 panels that are 36? × 53? for the main sections of the 2 shower curtain panels. Cut using scissors or a rotary cutter and mat.
Accent Laminated Cotton
- Again, being mindful of the fabric print, draw and cut out 4 rectangles 4½? × 36? for the headers.
- Draw and cut out 2 rectangles 16½? × 36? for the bottoms of the panels, paying close attention to the fabric repeat. If you have a fabric with a strong vertical repeat, cut the panel bottoms to match the headers.
Cut out 4 headers 4? × 36?.
sewing it up
Use a ½? seam allowance unless otherwise stated.
1). Align the strips of interfacing with the tops of the headers. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, fuse in place on the wrong side, leaving the bottom ½? (seam allowance) void of interfacing. Be sure to protect your ironing board with parchment paper, an appliqué pressing sheet, or Silicone Release Paper (C&T Publishing).
2). Pin the bottom accent panel to the bottom of the main panel, right sides together, remembering to pin within the seam allowances. Sew together. Refer to ironing laminated cotton (in Tips and Tricks); using a pressing cloth and working with the wrong side up, press the seam allowances down toward the bottom accent panel.
3). With the wrong side up, edgestitch through the seam allowances, ?? from the seam. Stitching from the wrong side of the laminated cotton will help avoid the pinching and pleating that can occur when topstitching on the laminated surface.
4). The headers are sewn to the main panels from the bottom edges. Layer the following 3 pieces and pin together within the bottom seam allowance:
- an interfaced header, right side up, with the seam allowance without interfacing at the top
- a main panel, right side up
- another header, wrong side up, with no interfacing at the top
Make sure that the seam allowance minus interfacing is at the top of the main panel. Interfacing would make this seam very bulky. Sew together.
5). Fold the headers upward, encasing the raw edge at the top of the main panel, and press, making sure to use a pressing cloth because you will be ironing on the right side of the laminated cotton. Pin the headers together along the top edge.
6). Baste the top edge of the header closed; then edgestitch ?? away from the seam created in Step 4.
7). Refer to Bias Tape to sandwich the double-fold bias tape around the shower curtain panel and stitch it in place, creating a mitered corner fold and finishing the overlap as you choose.
8). Create a template for the grommets/eyelets on paper by taping 4 pieces of paper together in a straight line; overlap them until they measure 36?. Use your wide, clear ruler to draw a line 1? away from and parallel to the long edge. Mark a dot along the line 1? in from the corner.
9). Working from left to right, measure and mark a dot 6¾? from the previous dot on the 1? line. Repeat 4 times to mark 6 dots along the 1? line. Center a hole punch at each dot to create the finished template.
10). Align the marked side of the paper template with the top of the header on the completed panel and mark the grommet placement with a pen. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to install the grommets.
11). Repeat Steps 2–10 to make the second curtain panel of the pair.
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