Tada, my new striped curtains. I love them.
They are made from shower curtains from West Elm. I sewed two together to make each panel, so the panels would be long enough.
What you will need:
Shower curtains (do math to decide how many you need for your room)
Thread in the color of the shower curtain
Rods/ Brackets/ Hardware for Curtain Rods
Rings with Hooks to hang them
1. I purchased four shower curtains. I needed four because shower curtains come in 74 inch lengths and the windows I wanted to make panels for were 11 ft from floor to ceiling. So two per window it was. The great thing is that shower curtains also come wide (72 inches). So, there would be more width than the usual 54 inch curtain width.
2. Lay the shower curtains out to make sure the stripes will fall in the right spots when they are sewn together. I folded them over in order to make it fall just right and all but the top and bottom stripes are the same size. At the same time, measure to find where the length that you need will fall on the curtains. Make sure they are long enough.
3. Once you get it just right, mark the spots/ write down the measurements.
4. Iron them.
5. Carefully mark where you will need to sew and where you need to cut. I used a plastic sewing measuring board thingy and sewing chalk.
6. Cut along the line you drew. I chose to cut about half an inch past where I’d be sewing in order to have room for a hem.
7. If you have a serger, use it to stitch up the raw edges. If not, you can use the stitch highlighted on my machine (or something similar) below to seal up those edges and insure that they do not fray.
8. Lay them on the floor with the right sides facing each other and wrong sides facing the floor and you.
9.Line them up just right and pin.
It should look something like this if you flip it back over. That way you can double check your work.
10. Sew along your marks that you lined up when you pinned them together, right side down. Keep the right sides together when you sew. Sew slowly.
11. Iron the seam you just made down flat. This is an important step. Do not skip it.
12. Time to put the rods up. We chose the Allen and Roth customizable components from Lowe’s. You screw rods together to create the size you need. We also got brackets, finials, and rings.
Here are the rods.
13. Hang the curtains on the clips that are attached to the rings. Tada! You have new curtains.
Enjoy! Email me if you make them!