Saturday, September 18, 2010
How to make a ruffled shower curtain
You will need:
1) a white Shower Curtain Liner (or another color if you are wanting something other than white. Look at the thrift store!
2) disappearing ink marker
3) 3-4 yards (if you have a serger) or 5-6 (if you only have a sewing machine) of muslin or whatever color of material you are wanting to use. Wouldn’t this look great with fading shades of a given hue? red and pinks? blues and greens?
4) a flat space to lay it all out on
5) a long ruler or tape measure
6) 8 yards of grosgrain ribbon
1) mark lines every three inches onto the liner with the disappearing ink pen
2) tear your muslin into 3 1/4 inch strips (serger method) or 4 inch strips (sewing machine method). Each row of ruffles is 2 strips wide.
3) sew 2 strips end to end to make one ruffle.
4) make a rolled hem on each side of the fabric strip. On one side, gather it. The serger is a really easy way to gather and hem at the same time. You could use a ruffle foot on your sewing machine, or just use the ease method while pinning the ruffle to the curtain.
5) Pin the ruffles to the curtain along the lines you drew. Work up from the bottom. On mine, I didn’t have enough fabric to cover the entire thing with ruffles, and I like how it turned out. I placed the majority (I did 7) of the ruffles at the bottom. I skipped one row, and placed three ruffles. I skipped two rows and placed two ruffles. I skipped three rows and placed one ruffle. Overlap the ruffles so that you can’t see the top of the ruffle underneath it. You will probably only have enough pins to do a few rows at a time. It’s not a bad idea to only do a few rows, even if you do have more pins, so you don’t poke the crud out of yourself.
6) Sew a straight stitch over the ruffle tops.
8) Hang up your curtain with liner behind it (the curtain you just made is simply decorative) and ignore your husband’s snide comments about how girly you just made the bathroom look. Happy sewing!