DIY: Custom Shower Curtain

You may have heard that kitchens and baths are what help a home sell. The beige beauty below is the guest bathroom that I chose to welcome everyone into our new home. Ironically, it was built the same year that I was born. Can we say, “hello 1991!?” Just kidding, it was 1992….or 1980 something…doesn’t matter!


Much like our dinning room chandelier budget, the ‘ripping out the guest bath budget’ was also non-existent. With the help of Pinterest, a few coats of paint and my beautiful, wonderful and amazing seamstress (my mom, of course!), this dingy bathroom was transformed into a polished, porcelain throne for our guests.

The color palette I selected to complete the look:  Revere Pewter HC-172 walls, Alabaster SW-7008 trim and doors, with a complimenting Gray 2121-10 vanity. Fun fact: If you ask my husband what my favorite color is, his answer will be revere pewter. Proud wife!

So, with our coupon and measurements in hand, we headed to JoAnn Fabric in search of a timeless and neutral upholstery fabric (AKA the fabric that comes on longer rolls). This neutral trellis pattern was the winner, hands down. And, it was also out of stock. So, we painted and drank sangria that weekend. Fast forward to a few weeks later when our fabric order came in:


Supplies you will need:

  • Upholstery Fabric. I have a standard size shower with 8 foot ceilings and we used approximately 2.7 yards.
  • Shower Curtain Liners. We purchased two of these washable liners in cream.
  • Curtain Rods. You will need 2, one for your inner liner and one for your curtain.
  • Shower Curtain Hooks. You will only need 1 set for the liner.
  • Thread to match your fabric.
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • Measuring Tape

One day, I will actually do step by step directions with pictures. This is a past-tense DIY:

Starting with your two fabric liners, you will want lay them out flat for measurements. You will use the first liner in it’s entirety and will only be using the bottom portion of the second liner to add enough height to take your curtain liner from the floor to ceiling. We only used 20 inches of the second liner; keep in mind this will vary depending on your ceiling height. Cut off the top portion of your second liner and sew to the bottom of your fully intact top liner. To ensure a clean seam, sew your liners together with the seam on the interior (or side that will be facing inside the shower). You will still see your seam on the outside, but it should look clean, like so:


Next, you will want to measure and cut your fabric for the shower curtain. I recommend sewing two panels, allowing the option to hang flat or tie back, like this:

Be sure you take into account that you will be folding all four sides of each panel back to create clean seams when you are measuring and cutting your fabric. Measure twice!

Also, be sure to think about how you will hang your curtain. We hung ours directly on the curtain rod with a rod pocket style sewing technique. This was my preferred method to hide the secondary rod and liner best. If you were to skip the curtain liner and plan to open and close your shower curtain, I would consider grommets or curtain clips over this method.


My wonderful mom performed her sewing magic with this style technique that you can watch on You Tube if you are not familiar with rod pocket style sewing.

Here is what the interior of the shower will look like when everything is hung:

And, we are now welcoming guests!








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