And they said it couldn’t be done…or was that shouldn’t be done? Is it just me, or is dressing your windows a daunting endeavour, trapping you somewhere between your inner creative interior designer, and just a straight up old lady? How can I help it if some of the most attractive fabric curtains happen to be for the shower? They are a heck of a lot cheaper, and sometimes nicer as well. I couldn’t resist this challenge of turning a beautiful fabric shower curtain into window curtains! (From Shower Curtain to Window Curtains)
Here is a “before” shot of the shower curtain. It has a really nice detailed top, and a double layer of delicate sheer fabric below. Out of this curtain I made a small window curtain and a valance for the kitchen.
Making the Valance
Measure the window and determine how wide it is and how low you would like your valence to hang down (usually covering the top half of the window.) I needed a piece of fabric that would cover a 34″ x 24″ portion of the window. Therefore, I added an extra inch to each side and an extra inch to the bottom (36″ x 25″) for hemming.
Hem the bottom and two sides of the panel you have cut, so that you have neat edges with no fraying. Above is an image of my panel after hemming.
Measure 12″ up from the bottom of your fabric and place a marker pin. This is where you will begin folding your edges to give the curtain a gathered effect.
Measure 1″ down from the pin and fold a matching 1″ of fabric under. Pin the fold as shown above. Each of your four folds should use 3″ of fabric = 12″ total.
Remove the pins as you sew the gathered hem. Do the same on the other side of the curtain.
Here are the sewn folds. Notice how the curtain bells out at the bottom with this style.
Here is the valance with the belled bottom and gathered sides. I used a small rod that would fit inside the kitchen window sill, and I utilized the existing holes for the shower curtain hooks to pass the rod through.
As a last touch, I added a matching ribbon to the center of the valance, right under the quilting. Measuring the direct center of the valance, pin a ribbon on both sides of the fabric and sew. The ribbon allows you to tie the valance in the center for a more gathered and open effect.
Here is the window valance, beautifully filtering in light, dressing up the window, and giving a little additional privacy.
Making the Curtain
I used a similar technique in making the small bathroom window curtain. For this one, I wanted a curtain that covered the entire window, unlike the valance. However, I also wanted valance ties, in order to let light in during the day time.
Similarly to the valance, I made evenly measured folds on each side of the curtain and sewed. Because this curtain is longer than the valance, I was able to add a lot more folds (12 total) beginning a third of the way down the panel, under the quilting.
Instead of allowing the fabric in the center to drape, I added three more seams. One directly in the center of the folds, and one centered on either side as shown above. This gives the folds a uniform permanence.
I then added two ribbon ties on the center left and right seams (see captains on curtain pic above).
This is the final product of the small window curtain when it is tied up. Easy and very classy.