- 2 queen sized bed top sheets (any color!)*
- fabric for ruffles (any color)
- fabric for the top (either small strips or a 8" x 60" piece) (any color)
- sewing machine (though you can do it by hand since most of the stitches are hidden)
- your shower!
*A standard queen sized bed sheet is 60" x 80" in the US. It will be long enough (the anthropologie version is a 72" square) and should be long enough for a standard shower. If you are unsure, measure your shower. You can always use king sized sheets which are 76" x 80". Also if your shower curtain is too long you can cut off 8" from the bottom (or however much you want to shorten it). Don't forget to check your sheets to make sure they follow standard sizing. You might have to adjust your measurements. Sheets made in Europe, the UK and Australia can run a little different (see here). If your sheet has different measurements make sure the piece you cut for the top of the curtain matches those.
One bedsheet is going to be the liner so you can put that aside for now.
1. Measure the width of your ruffles. You want them to be even. You are going to add 2" to each ruffle that will be overlap. If your sheet is 80" you can have 10 ruffles at 10" or 8 ruffles at 12" or any other combination you want. Do the math. Don't forget to add extra for the overlap. Remember to leave a little extra room is you plan on hemming your ruffles, too. Whether you want to hem your shower curtain is stylistic and up to you. The anthropologie shower curtain has 10 ruffles which measure 10 inches each and is hemmed.
2. Measure the length of your ruffles. If you want your layers to lay flat make them as wide as the sheet (in this case 60"). If you want them to ruffle you will need to make them longer and then scrunch them a little as you sew. The easiest way to measure for this is to cute your ruffles as long as possible and cut off any extra fabric at the end. You will probably want to hem those ends for a polished look but again, that is your choice.
3. Cut all your ruffle pieces and choose how you want them arranged. If you want to hem your ruffles it will be easier to do it now. You only have to hem the bottom of each ruffle as the top will be hidden (except for the top ruffle).
4. Start from the bottom. Measure 10" (or whatever ruffle height you've chosen) from the bottom of the sheet and sew your first ruffle there so the bottom of the ruffle lines up with the bottom of the sheet. You might want to mark the height will a pencil on the sheet (mark away because no one will see it!). For tips on how to sew ruffles check out Sew More For U or SewSensible. You can just make a bunch of tiny folds as you sew but there are lots of easier or more professional looking ways to go about ruffles.
5. Lay your next ruffle down so that 2" overlap the first ruffle. Again it might be useful to mark the sheet. Take the height of your ruffle, subtract by two, and measure that length from the top of your first ruffle. Work your way up the sheet. Sew your ruffles slowly and pay attention to the ones you've already done so you get an even appearance. Sew your top ruffle to the top of the sheet.
6. Take the sheet that you set aside. You want to sew the top of that sheet to the top of your ruffle sheet. This sheet serves as your lining. When you shower you can put the whole curtain inside the tub or you can leave the ruffled part on the outside and this part on the inside. It may seem that it won't keep the water in but the anthropologie shower curtain has a very thin cotton lining (thinner than a bed sheet) and it still works. If you would like you can sew in a plastic curtain but there have been reports about how pvc shower curtains may release toxic chemicals into the air and are bad for your health. Google it! Also, sewing plastic is probably hard.
7. Now it's time to add a way to hang your shower curtain! There are two methods. To make one that looks like the anthropologie curtain you will need a piece of fabric 8" tall and 60" wide (or as wide as the sheet you are using). You don't need extra because this part isn't ruffled. Fold over the fabric so it is 4" inches tall and sew the top and bottom to the top of the shower curtain. It should look like a flat 4" piece at the top and you should be able to slide a shower rod through it! You can also make button holes at regular intervals and use shower hooks. The anthropologie shower curtain has 12 button holes so the intervals are approximately 6".
A second method for hanging the shower curtain is to cut strips of fabric into 8" x 2" pieces, fold those over like above and sew them on at intervals. You can slip the shower curtain rod through those flaps. If you have a shower curtain rod that is attached to your shower you will want to go with the button hole method or make the strips with velcro.
All done! Now it's time to cut off any loose threads and hang your shower curtain. Please send us your shower curtain pictures and we will post them! What I love about this project is that it is so customizable. You can choose any array of colors, or a single color, or even patterned fabric. Your ruffles can be any height you want and you can embellish your curtain even more with embroidery or sewn on beads/sequins/etc. You can even add pockets and create more bathroom storage! (Just make sure it doesn't get too heavy). You can also take the two sheet shower curtain template far beyond ruffles. You could make a quilt. You could sew vertical stripes. It doesn't take much to keep the water in the shower! Plus, the great thing about bed sheets is that they are machine washable. If your ruffle fabric is machine washable than you can throw the whole thing in the laundry. The anthropologie shower curtain (which I love) is $118. It is beautiful and if you can afford to spend that much on a shower curtain it is totally worth it. But if you can't, or if you want a custom job, you can do so in a manner that will cost you way less money. If you hit the sale section you could probably make this curtain for $20!