How to make an extra long shower curtain

In a pinch, you can always tie ribbons through the grommet holes or link two or more shower rings together to lower the shower curtain and make it longer. Another option is to add a decorative fabric border to the bottom of your existing shower curtain. The problem with the first solution is that it isn’t permanent. The problem with the second one is that it may be difficult to find a fabric that matches or even complements the fabric of the existing shower curtain.

That said, making your own custom shower curtain is not difficult if you know basic sewing. You can make an extra long shower curtain out of fabric or even a good quality full-size flat bed sheet. Just remember to use a plastic shower curtain liner when using a fabric shower curtain.

Basically a shower curtain is a flat panel with a hem on four sides. A standard shower curtain measures 72″ wide. Fabric comes in two widths, 45″ or 54″. Because a standard size shower curtain is wider than the width of the fabric, you will need to sew two panels of fabric together. It can be as long as you want it to be (standard length is 72”), although the length generally is measured from the rod to halfway down the side of the tub.

To determine the number of yards of fabric you need for your project measure the length that you want, add 8” for the top and bottom hems, divide by 36 and multiply by two (for two panels). For example, if you want the finished length to be 84”, add 8” for the top and bottom hems to make a total of 92”. Then divide by 36. You will need 2 1/2yards per panel, for a total of 5 yards of fabric.

Think carefully about the pattern of the fabric. Make sure the pattern works in the direction you will be using it in. An all-over pattern is always a safe bet. So is a solid color or a check.

If you decide to use a high-quality bed sheet, one full-size flat sheet measures 81” wide x 96” long. That leaves 4 1/2”on each side for the hem. Subtracting 4” for the top and 4” for the bottom hems leaves you with a maximum of 88” in length, a full 16” longer than a standard size shower curtain. You can then adjust the length as needed by cutting the sheet (see cutting below).

Materials

Fabric (45” or 54” width) or one full size flat sheet (81” width x 96” length)

Thread to match

Grommets

Shower curtain hooks – 12

Drapery Weights (optional)

Tools

Water-soluble fabric marking pen

Straight pins

Scissors

Tape measure

Iron

Sewing machine

Grommet Kit

Cutting

Orient the flat sheet so that the part that’s normally folded over the blanket is at the bottom. It will be part of the bottom hem. After accounting for the extra 8” needed for the top and bottom hems, if the length is still too long, cut off the excess from this part of the sheet.

When using fabric, fold the length of fabric over and cut in half. These are your two panels. When using 45” wide fabric, one panel will be 45” wide and the other will need to be cut to a width of 35”. When using 54” wide fabric, one panel will be 54” wide and the other will need to be cut to a width of 26”.

Sewing

Sew the two fabric panels together to make a single panel. Decide whether you will use drapery weights in the bottom hem to keep the shower curtain fixed in place.

If you have a removable shower curtain rod, you might want to consider a rod pocket (similar to a curtain rod pocket) for the top hem instead of using grommets for shower curtain rings. To make a rod pocket, fold 1/2” of fabric and crease, and then fold 3 1/2” to make the hem. Press with an iron and sew. For the bottom hem, fold twice to make a 2” hem (insert drapery weights), press with an iron and sew.

If you decide against the rod pocket, then the top and bottom hems will be folded twice to make a 2” hem. To do this fold 2” of fabric and crease, then fold another 2”. Press with an iron and sew. For the sides, again use a double fold to make a 2” hem. Press with an iron and sew.

Finishing Touches

Use a water-soluble pen to mark the locations of the grommets. Mark the first and last grommet holes 1” from top and 3” in from each side. Space the middle ten remaining grommet holes 6” apart. Use the grommet kit as directed. Insert the shower curtain hooks and hang your new shower curtain. Stand back and admire your masterpiece!

In a pinch, you can always tie ribbons through the grommet holes or link two or more shower rings together to lower the shower curtain and make it longer. Another option is to add a decorative fabric border to the bottom of your existing shower curtain. The problem with the first solution is that it isn’t permanent. The problem with the second one is that it may be difficult to find fabric that matches or even complements the fabric of the existing shower curtain.

That said, making your own custom shower curtain is not difficult if you know basic sewing. You can make an extra long shower curtain out of fabric or even a good quality full size flat bed sheet. Just remember to use a plastic shower curtain liner when using a fabric shower curtain.

Basically a shower curtain is a flat panel with a hem on four sides. A standard shower curtain measures 72″ wide. Fabric comes in two widths, 45″ or 54″. Because a standard size shower curtain is wider than the width of the fabric, you will need to sew two panels of fabric together. It can be as long as you want it to be (standard length is 72”), although the length generally is measured from the rod to halfway down the side of the tub.

To determine the number of yards of fabric you need for your project measure the length that you want, add 8” for the top and bottom hems, divide by 36 and multiply by two (for two panels). For example, if you want the finished length to be 84”, add 8” for the top and bottom hems to make a total of 92”. Then divide by 36. You will need 2 1/2yards per panel, for a total of 5 yards of fabric.

Think carefully about the pattern of the fabric. Make sure the pattern works in the direction you will be using it in. An all over pattern is always a safe bet. So is a solid color or a check.

If you decide to use a high quality bed sheet, one full size flat sheet measures 81” wide x 96” long. That leaves 4 1/2”on each side for the hem. Subtracting 4” for the top and 4” for the bottom hems leaves you with a maximum of 88” in length, a full 16” longer than a standard size shower curtain. You can then adjust the length as needed by cutting the sheet (see cutting below).

Materials

Fabric (45” or 54” width) or one full size flat sheet (81” width x 96” length)

Thread to match

Grommets

Shower curtain hooks – 12

Drapery Weights (optional)

Tools

Water-soluble fabric marking pen

Straight pins

Scissors

Tape measure

Iron

Sewing machine

Grommet Kit

Cutting

Orient the flat sheet so that the part that’s normally folded over the blanket is at the bottom. It will be part of the bottom hem. After accounting for the extra 8” needed for the top and bottom hems, if the length is still too long, cut off the excess from this part of the sheet.

When using fabric, fold the length of fabric over and cut in half. These are your two panels. When using 45” wide fabric, one panel will be 45” wide and the other will need to be cut to a width of 35”. When using 54” wide fabric, one panel will be 54” wide and the other will need to be cut to a width of 26”.

Sewing

Sew the two fabric panels together to make a single panel. Decide whether you will use drapery weights in the bottom hem to keep the shower curtain fixed in place.

If you have a removable shower curtain rod, you might want to consider a rod pocket (similar to a curtain rod pocket) for the top hem instead of using grommets for shower curtain rings. To make a rod pocket, fold 1/2” of fabric and crease, and then fold 3 1/2” to make the hem. Press with an iron and sew. For the bottom hem, fold twice to make a 2” hem (insert drapery weights), press with an iron and sew.

If you decide against the rod pocket, then the top and bottom hems will be folded twice to make a 2” hem. To do this fold 2” of fabric and crease, then fold another 2”. Press with an iron and sew. For the sides, again use a double fold to make a 2” hem. Press with an iron and sew.

Finishing Touches

Use a water-soluble pen to mark the locations of the grommets. Mark the first and last grommet holes 1” from top and 3” in from each side. Space the middle ten remaining grommet holes 6” apart. Use the grommet kit as directed. Insert the shower curtain hooks and hang your new shower curtain. Stand back and admire your masterpiece!

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