Turn a Shower Curtain Into a Water-Resistant Beach Blanket

A fabric shower curtain serves as the perfect base for this no-sew, oversized beach blanket.

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Hit The Beach

Bring your new oversize beach blanket down the shore for a stylish and trendy setup, without spending the big bucks!

Extra large beach blankets can give you price tag sticker shock, so HGTV Handmade's own Marianne Canada came up with a solution crafters of all skill levels can take on: turning an inexpensive patterned shower curtain into a beach blanket, no sewing skills required. This project is a great for giving old shower curtains collecting dust in the linen cabinet a new life. The water-resistant shower curtain fabric holds up to a long day at the beach, and at the end of the day just toss it into the wash.

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Materials + Tools

  • patterned shower curtain
  • clothespins
  • iron
  • yardstick
  • marker
  • scissors
  • pom-pom trim (optional, but adds a more finished look)
  • quick-dry fabric glue

Fold Shower Curtain

Fold your shower curtain into quarters (Image 1). Use clothespins to keep the loose edges together (Image 2). Iron the folded edges to keep them neat and lined up (Image 3).


With an average shower curtain, you can generally make a 60-inch circular blanket. To create the shape, measure and mark 30 inches on one side of the shower curtain. Then, move the yardstick in an arc across the towel to mark a quarter circle.

Cut It Out

Carefully cut along the dotted line (Image 1+2). When you unfold the shower curtain, you should have a 60-inch circle.

Add Trim

Optionally, use quick-dry fabric glue to attach pom-pom trim to the edge of the circle, adding glue and the trim one foot at a time (Image 1). Use clothespins to secure the trim in place while the glue dries (Image 2 + 3). When you get to the end, overlap the trim slightly and glue it down (Image 4). Wait at least 24 hours for the glue to dry completely before washing the blanket.

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