I come from a long family of crafty women. My mother painted sweatshirts for my sister and I in the 80s. My grandmother made dolls that looked much like the original Cabbage Patch Kids. My great, great grandmother made beautiful quilts that I still cherish today.
Even though I grew up creative, I never wanted to learn to sew. Then when my son was born and I couldn’t find much clothing for him that wasn’t covered in sports themes, I tricked myself into learning how to sew.
And even though I taught myself to sew, I never wanted to learn to quilt. It seemed too tedious and precise. But then when I couldn’t find a really great shower curtain for my epic kids’ bathroom, I ended up tricking myself into learning how to quilt, too.
I’m a sucker.
I had absolutely no idea how to make a shower curtain, or a pieced quilt, but I just sat down and decided to do it. I felt like playing chess, trying to see two or three steps beyond my current position. Believe it or not, it all eventually worked out without a major amount of seam ripping going on. Folks, I consider that a major win!
I didn’t take pictures along the way because I didn’t want to turn this into a tutorial since I didn’t really know what I was doing. But because so many of you have asked for one, I’ll give you the basic idea of how I made the magic happen.
1. I bought two two polyester, extra-long shower curtains from Amazon.com (affiliate link). Mine are 96 inches long, since I wanted to raise make the shower curtain as high as possible for my tall ceilings. I chose this particular curtain because I wanted it to be waterproof yet not feel like plastic. I also wanted to be able to wash it in the washing machine if needed. I used one as a liner and the other as a base for the shower curtain I was sewing.
2. I ordered fabric for the curtain from a local store that has a big online presence – Fat Quarter Shop. I knew from my previous sewing experiences that I wanted to order Robert Kaufman’s line of Kona cotton. That fabric is easy to sew with and washes/presses beautifully. I chose 6 colors – Camilla, Cadet, Corn Yellow, Iron, White and Black – and ordered 2 yards of each color.
3. When the fabric arrived, I washed and pressed it.
4. Then, I spent a ridiculous amount of time cutting it into triangles. I found this blog post that showed how to make an isosceles triangle quilt, and I used that as a guide on piecing it together. I used the suggested Quilt Sense Kaleidoscope Triangle Ruler (affiliate link), which made it really easy to cut my triangles out with a rotary cutter. It wasn’t difficult to do – just time consuming.
5. After the triangles were all cut out, I started sewing them together in a random order with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. I sewed them together in rows and then went back and sewed the rows together to be slightly larger on all four sides than the shower curtain. I literally laid the shower curtain out on the floor and laid rows out on top to know how many I would need. I think I ended up with 17 rows of 30 triangles – which was about 500 total triangles.
6. After the triangles were assembled, I used my double ironing board technique to press open the seams on the back.
7. I laid the polyester shower curtain down on a flat surface and laid the triangles out on top of it. Making sure that the triangle pattern was even and smooth, I pinned the triangles to the shower curtain every few inches around the edges I also put some pins across some of the rows so that it wouldn’t bunch in the middle.
8. With invisible thread in my machine and white thread in my bobbin, I sewed across the rows. This effectively “quilts” the triangle top to the shower curtain backing. I sewed across every row about 1/8 of an inch from the bottom of the row.
Here’s how that looks from the back:
9. Then, I sewed around the edges of the curtain and cut off any extra triangle fabric that was hanging over the edges.
10. I bought wide black double-fold bias tape to finish the edges. There are a lot of different ways to finish edges with bias tape, but I just sewed mine on in the easiest way possible – like the “cheater” method at the end of this post.
11. Whew! Almost finished. I just used my sewing machine to make button holes on the top of the shower curtain so I would have a place to put the hooks. If you don’t have a button holer on your machine, you can always use grommets like Beckie did here.
I hung it up and used the 2nd shower curtain I ordered as a liner. It’s been in place for about a month now and is holding up perfectly. I’m so proud of it!
That was a lot of sewing, but I think it’s well worth it. I just love this shower curtain about eleventy billion times more than anything else I’ve ever seen in stores.
Questions? Definitely let me know! And thank you so much for taking a look!