Make Draperies and a Wooden Cornice for a Shower

Tired of a ho-hum, store-bought shower curtain? Try dressing your shower with custom draperies and a wood cornice fit for a picture window.

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Materials Needed:

  • approximately 5-6 yards of 54"-wide decorator fabric for an average 5' tub and 7' ceilings
  • two flat twin bed sheets (to use as lining, optional)
  • coordinating all-purpose cotton thread
  • tape measure
  • clear quilting ruler
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • seam ripper
  • sewing machine with automatic button hole foot and setting
  • pins
  • iron and ironing board
  • 2 shower stall liners
  • 2 sets shower curtain rings
  • 5' x 1/4" dowel rod
  • closet rod holder
  • piece of 3/4" MDF cut to desired height of cornice x width of tub opening (cornice front)
  • two 1" x 3" pine boards cut to desired height of cornice (sides)
  • one 1" x 3" pine board cut to width of shower/tub opening (cornice top)
  • pocket-hole jig (optional)
  • drill equipped with drill and driver bits
  • 1 1/4" and 2" wood screws
  • stud finder
  • primer
  • paint
  • white trim caulk and caulk gun
  • 2 1/2" angled sash brush and/or 6" foam roller
  • trim and/or crown molding (optional)
  • finish nailer with nails (or hammer and finish nails, optional)

Measure Curtain and Lining Panels

Prewash fabric and twin sheets. Use tape measure to determine length from floor to desired height of shower curtain rod. Add 15 inches for header and hem allowance. Transfer measurement to fabric. Use quilting ruler or square and yardstick to draw straight line across fabric panel. Mark line with pencil, then cut across marked line. Repeat with second curtain panel, being careful to match up design so it's level across both panels.

Fold and Press Hem

Place fabric on ironing board wrong-side up. Fold bottom edge of fabric panel over 3 1/2 inches and press (Images 1, 2). Fold fabric over again, press and pin in place (Image 3). This creates a 3 1/2-inch double hem. Sew hem and remove pins (Image 4).

Connect Panel and Lining

Spread fabric on floor or work surface, right side facing down. Place twin bed sheet/lining on top, right side facing up and top of sheet at bottom of panel to act as a hem. Line up bottom of lining about 1 inch higher than bottom of fabric panel. Smooth both fabrics out, removing all wrinkles and folds (Image 1). Pin fabric to lining in a few places to hold them together. Twin sheet will be wider and longer than fabric panel, so trim excess with sharp scissors (Image 2).

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