One of the ways I saved money in our recent bathroom makeover was by creating my own shower curtain.
First – let me say – I am not BFF’s with my sewing machine. I know the basics…like how to do a straight line…but not a whole lot more than that.
Secondly – our showers are extra long and require at least a 90 inch length to go from the shower curtain rod to brushing the floor…normal shower curtains aren’t this long and an extra long shower curtain would cost me at least $30.
And D – I had about a $5 budget (which is less than my weekly bacon allowance) so I was looking at price first, style second.
I saw these sheets at Walmart and to be honest, the price had me at hello. The rainbow colors were fun and completely kid friendly – total icing on the $5 sheet cake. Online, they sell this as a set but in my Wallyworld, they sell them all separately. I picked up a regular ole flat sheet after triplechecking the measurements (I wanted to be sure it was wide and long enough).
Once I got it home, I just laid out my extra long liner on the twin sheet. Then I marked the length for triming.
I cut off about six inches from the length making sure that I left about an extra half inch so that I could create the hem on the bottom.
Then I flipped the entire sheet upside down. I wanted the band detail to be on the bottom…so upsy-dasey was the way to go. I also wanted the curtain to be grazing the floor (this space is tighter than the pants on an NFL player so it definitely didn’t need a shorter curtain chopping up the area visually). After double checking that the length was a-ok, I hemmed it up.
Then came time for the holes. I laid out the curtain again with the liner centered on the fabric. It was just simply a matter of marking the twelve spots for the holes and then using my Singer to create half-inch long button holes (basically a rectangle using a tight short zig-zag stitch).
Then I used my craft knife to cut out the inside of each button hole. A few shower curtain rings later, we have this:
And this sheet did span our entire shower (although if you are attempting this at home, you might want to double check your measurements – a twin might be too narrow and a full or queen might do the trick!)
And here’s it grazing the floor….
It took me about a half hour to sew it all (although if you are a better seamstress than me, well, I hate you a little. not really. well, maybe a little. and I really want to be your friend so that you can come over and sew stuff for me, and it probably wouldn’t take you as long…while I make you a BLT).
But that’s how I did it…saved some moolah while getting a very fun jumping-off point for our bathroom makeover with a flat sheet…or shower curtain…or whatever you want to call it 🙂
Anyone else out there use a sheet for a shower curtain? or something else? do tell…