Anthropologie's Smoldering Hues Shower Curtain is beautiful, but at $118 I found myself grasping for a way to make a DIY knockoff for a cheaper price. After looking up multiple tutorials online, I made my own ruffled shower curtain the easiest way I could come up with for about $30. Since I don't have a ruffler foot attachment for my sewing machine, I had to find a different way to create the ruffled look, and it ended up requiring a lot less sewing too! Don't let the sewing part scare you--it's only hemming, but if you really really hate sewing (or don't own a sewing machine) I think there may be an alternative for you that I'll explain later. So, here goes my DIY Ruffle Shower Curtain Tutorial...
Gather your materials:
-4 yards of extra wide fabric. (I made my shower curtain one color, but if you want to do different colors like Anthropologie's shower curtain, you can figure out how much of each color you'll need...you just need about 4 yards total)
-Fabric shower curtain liner (or an old shower curtain you don't use anymore!)
-Fabric cutting scissors
-Hot glue gun & glue sticks
Measure and cut your fabric into 14 nine-inch strips.
Sew a 1/2 inch hem on the bottom and sides of each strip of fabric. You do not need to hem the top. If you really really can't sew or don't have a sewing machine I bet you could use fray check along the edges, but it'll probably take more time & money.
Measure 8 inches from the bottom of your shower curtain liner and mark across the length of the shower curtain liner.
Get your glue gun and start ruffling! Work with small sections by placing a line of glue across your mark that you just made in step four. Quickly put the top of the fabric (unhemmed side) on the line of glue and pinch it together to create a ruffled look. Be careful not to ruffle too much--you need to make sure your fabric strip will reach the entire length of the shower curtain liner. You'll get the hang of it.
Glue the next strip 4 1/2 inches above the previous one with the same glue-pinch technique.
Continue step six up the entire shower curtain.
Glue & ruffle your last strip at the top of the shower curtain just below the holes on top of the shower curtain liner.
Cut a 2 1/2 inch strip of fabric and sew a 1/2 inch hem on all four sides. Make sure the lenth of this piece is the same length across the top of your shower curtain. Glue this strip along the top of your curtain (just below the holes) to cover up the top of the last ruffled strip and create a finished look.
Price break down:
4 yards of extra wide fabric- $20 (I used a 50% off coupon for Jo-Ann's. They have them almost every week, so check the ads & get the Jo-Ann's iPhone app!)
Matching thread- $5
Shower curtain liner- $4
Hot glue sticks- $3
TOTAL COSTS: $32.00
Want to make this shower curtain for a dorm room? No Problem!
My dorm room last year had its own bathroom with a stand up shower. If you have a dorm room like this and want to create this shower curtain for it, simply cut your shower curtain liner and each strip of fabric in half. You'll also only need 2 yards of fabric, which will cut down your costs a lot!
Submit any questions in the comments below and let us know how your DIY ruffled shower curtain turned out!