I saw this cute shower curtain pattern from Design Sponge, and thought it would be a simple enough way to use up some of my leftover scraps of fabric. If you sew long enough (well, really it doesn’t have to be that long if you’re a fabric junkie like me) you’ll start to accumulate plenty of fabric scraps that aren’t really large enough to make a garment, but are too big to just be thrown away. So what to do? Peruse the internet for a creative way to get rid of some of it.
What you’ll need for this project:
for a patchwork curtain: 1-2 yards each of varied different fabrics (Kind of depends on how you plan your fabrics)
for a solid curtain: 5 yards fabric
thread to match
cutting mat, rotary cutter and straight edge (This is optional, but is so much easier than using scissors)
sewing machine (you could hand sew if you’d like, it may just take a while)
Here’s a rough drawing of how I laid out my fabrics:
This curtain used the patchwork layout.
The total finished size of the curtain is 76″ long by 71″ wide, after seaming and hemming. A side note here… In order to make my curtain neat on the back, I french seamed each panel, which took lots longer, but I think it made it look lots neater in the end.
The basic premise of construction here is that you assemble five vertical columns which are each a specific width. The columns are constructed of randomly sized blocks and strips – you can mix and match any blocks you want within each column, as long as the finished column is the correct width and length.
Starting out, plan for 5 columns:
Column 1 (far left): 18.5″ wide (allowing for a 2″ side hem)
Column 2: 13″ wide
Column 3: 12″ wide
Column 4: 20″ wide
Column 5 (far right): 15.5″ wide (allowing for a 2″ side hem)
Each column needs to have a total length of 87″, which allows for an 8″ bottom hem and a 3″ top hem.
Here’s a picture of my finished curtain
I loved the leopard print and bright colors, and like I said, I was able to get rid of some of my scrap pieces! And It goes so well with all the other decor in my bathroom!
For the full instructions and how I finished the rest of the curtain, go to the Design sponge website. Until next time…..