Shower Curtain

A shower curtain is one of the simplest curtains to sew. Valances and tiebacks can be used with the standard shower curtain. Because of its size, the shower curtain is a good place to use bold colors and prints. The instructions for sewing a shower curtain can also be used for cafe curtains or straight curtains hung with rings or hooks on decorative poles.

Cutting Directions

Measure the distance from the bottom of the shower rod to the desired length. Add 10″ (25.5 cm) for upper and lower hems. Measure the width of the area to be covered by the curtain and add 4″ (10 cm) for side hems. Standard shower curtain liners are 72″ X 72″ (183 X 183 cm), so the curtain should be cut 76″ (193 cm) wide if using a standard liner. Seam fabric together as needed, using French seams.


Decorator fabric for shower curtain.

Fusible interfacing.

Plastic shower curtain liner.

Eyelets or grommets (not necessary if buttonholes are

used), equal to number of holes in plastic liner.

Shower curtain hooks, equal to number of eyelets or








The fabric curtan and plastic liner can hang together on the same rings or hooks, or separately on a shower rod and a spring tension rod. When they hang together, the shower curtain and the liner should be the same width.

1) Turn under and stitch a 3″ (7.5 cm) double-fold hem on lower edge of curtain. Turn under and stitch I” (2.5 cm) double-fold hem on each side of the curtain.

2) Press under 2″ (5 cm) doublefold hem at upper edge of curtain.

Open out fold and fuse a 2″ (5 cm) strip of fusible interfacing along foldline. Fold again to form a double-fold hem.

3) Edgestitch upper hem in place. Or apply fusible web, following the manufacturer’s directions. Fusing adds more stability to upper edge of curtain.

4) Mark positions for eyelets, grommets or buttonholes across upper hem, using the plastic liner as the guide for spacing holes. Position liner l/4″ (6 mm) down from upper edge of curtain.

5a) Fasten eyelets securely using eyelet set and hammer or eyelet pliers. If using eyelet set, work on a piece of scrap wood or a hard surface that will not be damaged when pounding eyelets.

5b) Make vertical buttonholes, l/4″ to W’ (6 mm to 1.3 cm) long. To prevent buttonholes from raveling, apply liquid fray preventer to cut edges. Insert rings or hooks.

{Credit} SHOWER Curtain making information taken from Singer sewing for the home copyright 1994-1988

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