Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Turn a Shower Curtain into Window Curtains!

I am participating in  The Stories of A to Z's "Tutorial Tips Tuesday" party!

Today I saw a great post over at Make and Takes that teaches how to turn a bed sheet into a shower curtain.  It just so happens that last week I sewed (by myself) for the very first time, and turned two shower curtains into curtains for my bedroom!   I just  had to share how I did it (sew easy) so that you can do it yourself too :)

My mom came over last year and showed me how to use a sewing machine.  We sewed curtains for my kitchen, but she did most of the work since I was a bit overwhelmed.  This time, I wanted to try my hand at sewing curtains for my bedroom.  I have a new comforter and could not find curtains anywhere to match.  As usual, Target came to my rescue.  I was perusing down their shower curtain aisle, when I noticed a ton of shower curtains on clearance.  Immediately I saw that one of the shower curtains (a cloth one) matched my comforter almost perfectly!  I picked up two of them for only $4.98 each.

First I bought curtain clips and hung them up, but every time I opened the curtains, the metal-on-metal sound irritated me (high maintenance, perhaps?).  I returned the clips and decided to cut the curtains down and sew them myself.  A friend of mine let me borrow her machine, and with the manual in my lap at all times, I figured it out - miracle of all miracles.

I decided to cut 12" off of one side, and cut the holes off of the tops of the shower curtain, and hem the top by 6".  That way, I was keeping two of the original (nice) hems, and would only have to sew two sides of the curtain.  While I didn't take photos of the whole process, you can look a little closer here at the top hem:

As you can see I am NOT a straight-sewer.  Still need practice.  Thankfully you can't tell unless you're up really close.

Here is another view of one window.  My husband screwed in a curtain tie-back hook to the side of each window to hold the curtains back during the day.

This got me thinking about what else I could sew using clearance shower curtains from Target (I picked up 3 more curtains in different fabrics for only $2.50)!  I also purchased some cute cloth napkins on clearance that same day, sewed them together and covered my red pillows that were on the couch.



These were two easy projects that any beginner sewer could do.  While I'm not an expert, at least I can  now make curtains and pillow covers.   I'm so excited to do more!


  1. You did great, honey! Mommy is so proud of you, ha,ha, no I really am! I've always thought sewing was relaxing. Once you know what you're doing, you can really get in the zone. It's very therapeutic. Love, mom

  2. Looking good...hop over and share it at my party!


  3. That's awesome Jaimie! And the curtains and pillows look awesome!! What a great idea, thanks for the tips :o)

  4. What type of window do you have there? Did you put another layer of curtain? You did great! It's nice to re-use some old items around the house and turn them into a new one. Thanks for the tips, btw. :) ♥

  5. I found your blog when I googled "shower curtain curtains" and these are the exact shower curtains I'm using! Ha! Love your blog! I'm your newest follower!!

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