No-Sew Striped Shower Curtain Using Drapery Panels

Turn basic, ready-made drapery panels into a custom, designer-inspired shower curtain with a few craft supplies.
Cream & Red Striped Shower Curtain With Separate Red Tub

Striped Drapery Panel Shower Curtain With a Handmade Touch

The shower is partitioned off from the rest of the bathroom with a custom striped curtain created from three ready-made drapery panels. To create the striped effect, several panels were cut to size, then positioned along the bottom of the third panel, and attached with hot glue. For an extra layer of graphic impact, decorative trim was glued along the seams made by the other accent panels for a more tailored look.

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

Materials Needed:

  • drapery panels
  • hot glue gun
  • glue gun refill sticks
  • yardstick of tailor's tape
  • scissors
  • drapery rod
  • fabric steamer
  • spool of tape trim
  • shower curtain liner
  • needle and thread (optional)

Create a Color Scheme

Gather between three and five drapery panels to create a cohesive color scheme. For a less-is-more look, stick with drapery panels made from similar fabrics. To achieve a more complex, layered look, use a mix of drapery panels made from fabrics with different textures.

Choosing a color scheme for a no-sew striped shower curtain.

Creating a Color Scheme for a No Sew Striped Shower Curtain

Step 1 in creating a no-sew shower curtain is to gather between three and five drapery panels to create a cohesive color scheme. For a less-is-more look, stick with drapery panels made from similar fabrics. To achieve a more complex, layered look, use a mix of drapery panels made from fabrics with different textures.

Steam Panels

Hang panels up over a door or drapery rod and remove all wrinkles with fabric steamer. Note: One panel will be used as the base on which accent panels will be attached with hot glue once cut to size as stripes. It's important that the base panel is meticulously steamed since additional fabric will be attached to it.

Steaming drapery fabrics to unwrinkle for a no-sew shower curtain.

Steaming Drapery Panels in Completing a No-Sew Shower Curtain

Hanging panels over a door or drapery rod and removing all wrinkles with a fabric steamer is Step 2 in beginning to create a no-sew striped shower curtain. Note: One panel will be used as the shower curtain base on which accent panels will be attached with a hot glue gun, once they are cut to size as stripes. It's important that the base panel is meticulously steamed, since the additional fabrics will be attached to it.

Measure and Cut Accent Panels

Based on width of shower, determine how many panels are needed for proper coverage. Next, use yardstick or tailor's tape to mark proper width for accent panels which will be used as stripes, then cut with scissors.

No-sew shower curtain; preparation and cutting draperies for stripes.

Measuring and Cutting Accent Panels to Create a No-Sew Shower Curtain

Step 3 in completing a no-sew shower curtain is to prepare and cut accent panels for the curtain. Based on width of shower, determine how many panels are needed for proper coverage. Next, use a yardstick or tailor's tape to mark the proper width for accent panels that will be used as stripes, then cut them out with scissors.

Attach Accent Panels to Base Panel

Once all accent panels are cut to size as horizontal stripes, attach in place using hot glue gun or by stitching with needle and thread. Tip: If the accent panels have rough edges once cut with scissors, keep in mind they will be covered by tape trim.

Affixing drapery panel cuts with glue gun for a no-sew shower curtain.

Attaching Accent Panels to Base Panel in Creating a No-Sew Shower Curtain

Once all accent panels are cut to size as horizontal stripes, Step 4 in completing a no-sew striped shower curtain is to attach the panels in place using a hot glue gun or by stitching them with a needle and thread. Tip: If the accent panels have rough edges once they are cut with scissors, keep in mind they will be covered by tape trim.

Cover Seams With Tape Trim

Unfurl spool of tape trim to width of panel, then cut with scissors. Next, place tape trim along seams of accent stripe panels, then attach in place using hot glue gun or by stitching with needle and thread. Add a shower curtain liner to the back of the complete panel before hanging on drapery rod.

Finishing a no-sew shower curtain with glue gun and tape trim.

Covering Seams With Tape Trim to Finish a No-Sew Shower Curtain

Finishing the seams with trim is Step 5 in creating a no-sew striped shower curtain. First, unfurl a spool of tape trim to the width of the panel, then cut with scissors. Next, place tape trim along seams of accent stripe panels, then attach in place using a hot glue gun or by stitching with a needle and thread. Add a shower curtain liner to the back of the completed panel before hanging it on the drapery rod.

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