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How to Sew A Fat Quarter Patchwork Shower Curtain!


Make your bathroom beautiful with a Patchwork Shower Curtain sewn from a bundle of fat quarters! This free sewing tutorial is very easy and creates a huge impact.

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I was inspired by this beautiful collection of fabrics from Blend called Haven. The fat quarter bundle that was sitting on my sewing desk was transformed into a tall and wide patchwork shower curtain in just a couple hours.


Fat quarters are perfect for this project. Even though they are not square, they appear to be because the curtain is slightly scrunched. It’s the perfect patchwork illusion.

Since this shower curtain is made with cotton fabric, it does need a waterproof liner. But that’s not a problem. Most shower curtains need a liner anyway and the liner does not need to be the same size as the curtain.

So do you want to sew a Patchwork Shower Curtain? Read on!


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You will need:

Notes:

20 fat quarters will make a shower curtain that is approximately 84” tall and 80” wide. 25 fat quarters will make a shower curtain that is approximately 84” tall and 100” wide. For comparison, a ‘standard’ shower curtain is 72” x 72”. An ‘extra-long’ shower curtain is 84” long. Extra-wide shower curtains vary – the wider the prettier, in my opinion!

This shower curtain would be considered ‘extra-long’ so you can raise your curtain rod for a dramatic effect like I did or cut off more at the bottom if you don’t want it so long. I don’t suggest making this curtain narrower than 80” because it won’t flow and scrunch as much.


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1. Trim each fat quarter (cutting off the selvages) so that they all measure 18” tall by 21” wide.

2. Arrange your fat quarters into 5 rows. There will be 4 FQ in each row for a narrower shower curtain or 5 FQ in each row for a wider one.


3. Sew the fat quarters in each row together with a 1/4” seam allowance. Finish the seams with a zig zag stitch, or use a serger.

4. Sew the 5 rows together.


5. Fold the sides over 1/2” and then 1/2” again to make 1/2” hems. Stitch close to the fold. Then press and sew a 1/2” hem at the bottom.


6. Press and sew a 1 1/2” hem at the top of the curtain. The eyelets (or grommets) will be centered within this hem.

7. Mark the top of the curtain as follows for the eyelets:

  • make two marks 1 1/2” from either end

  • make 10 more marks at 9” intervals


10. Install the eyelets using the manufacturer’s instructions (or see how I do it near the end of my Rope Handled Tote tutorial), centered over each mark.

Enjoy your new Patchwork Shower Curtain!

xoxo,


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16 Comments

  1. Hi there, love this idea, think I am going to make us one to refresh our bathroo.You have great ideas, I just stumbled upon your blog today, I was wondering if thes fat quarters come for sell already cut in thes dimensions?

    Thank you for time
    Nathalie

  2. Jennifer Williams says:

    This is beautiful!! I have a really small bathroom and my shower is smaller than a walk in. How many do you suggest I use for that? I love this and would really love to make one

  3. Love this idea! But where does the liner fit in? Do you sew the fabric to waterproof stuff so it hides the seams on the back?

  4. Love love your shower curtain!!!! Also love the material! I am gonna make one as soon as I can find material like that!!!!

  5. I made machine buttonholes instead of using grommets. Just another option.

    1. Thank you for this idea! I can’t get the grommets to work unless I undo my hem and put interfacing in. I don’t like to undo what I’ve done! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you!!!

  6. Instead of grommets, do you think I could just make large button holes (like my current shower curtain) and it work out the same? I love this idea <3

  7. I love this idea! I am working the country look into my decorating and this would certainly work!! Thanks for another great idea.

  8. Jeannette Cyr says:

    I always make my shower curtains. Usually put a stabilizer in the top and stitch it down, than make button holes instead of eyelets. I might add that shower stalls are narrower than tubs and don’t need to be so wide.

  9. Caroline,
    Your shower curtain is beautiful. A few years ago I made one from Moda’s Savonierre, which I probably just spelled wrong. The line was by American Jane. But I love it, I love yours, too. Thank you for all your patterns, and wonderful videos.

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