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Project

Terry-Cloth Curtain

Nothing looks as inviting in a cool white bathroom as plush terry-cloth towels.

Introduction

This shower curtain is made from bath sheets stitched with a simple seam. It couldn't be easier -- the towels are just the right size for a standard tub, and they don't need to be hemmed.

Materials

  • 2 terry-cloth bath towels (about 35 by 70 inches each)
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread
  • 28 metal grommets
  • 14 shower hooks
  • Scissors  
  • Curtain rod
  • Shower curtain liner

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Lay one towel on top of the other, making sure the hems and any trim match up. Stitch the two towels together along one long side, staying within the bound edge.

  2. Step 2

    To hang your shower curtain, lay your curtain flat with the bound edge facing downward, and cut holes for the grommets, about 4 1/4 inches apart, along the edge. The grommets should be no more than 1/2 inch from the edge.

  3. Step 3

    Insert the grommets through the holes you've cut, and fasten them. Hang the curtain from your curtain rod, and make sure to use a liner -- these towels shouldn't get too wet.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, June 1999

Reviews (45)

  • sewingwithmartha 6 Mar, 2011

    it doesnt exactly explain how 2 make it

  • ebbrown 9 Feb, 2011

    Lovely idea. As to the concerns of mildew and moisture the answer may be to utilize this showercurtain in a guest bath.

  • tunzi 17 Aug, 2010

    okay here is a solution for those complaining that the terry cloth absorbs moisture...just like any other shower curtain I bought a 3.00 plastic liner!!!
    ISSUE SOLVED

  • Tiffheater 24 Jun, 2010

    @idrather....dont you think you could toss them in the wash?

  • idratherbeskiing 19 Feb, 2010

    yeah but your whole bathroom fills with steam when you take a shower. the steam gets into the towels and starts to grow mildew. towels are so thick that they encapsulate steam easily. plus, when you grab the curtain to pull it away after your shower your hands are soaking wet and there's more moisture added to the towels. they would smell bad, even with a liner, after a week. If you want to make your own shower curtain stick to lightweight fabrics that dry quickly.

  • weeziemcc 19 Feb, 2010

    this would be a great idea for matching curtains if you have a window..

  • Bill_Malts_First_Male_Crafter 19 Feb, 2010

    A new grommet project! WOOHOO! I LOVE GROMMETS! thank you

  • idratherbeskiing 19 Feb, 2010

    yeah but your whole bathroom fills with steam when you take a shower. the steam gets into the towels and starts to grow mildew. towels are so thick that they encapsulate steam easily. plus, when you grab the curtain to pull it away after your shower your hands are soaking wet and there's more moisture added to the towels. they would smell bad, even with a liner, after a week. If you want to make your own shower curtain stick to lightweight fabrics that dry quickly.

  • brownlake 19 Feb, 2010

    the item said to use a liner...........

  • idratherbeskiing 19 Feb, 2010

    I would imagine this starting to smell so bad after just a few days. I change my hand towels in my bathroom every few days. I think you'd have to wash this thing weekly......it would smell gross!

  • Bridy 19 Feb, 2010

    This is so cute. I want to do a fun and creative Beach theme in my kids bathroom and this shower curtin will work perfectly.

  • nanalaesch 18 Feb, 2010

    I have a small window in my bathroom. I used the same idea with hand-towels to make a valance type window covering matching the shower curtain.

  • PatchMom 26 Aug, 2008

    This idea is great for college kids dorm rooms.

  • juniperpearle 24 Aug, 2008

    Grommets take alittle practice first, use some scrap rags. Grommets are a great stress reliever! Then, I suggest using two curtain rods rather than one. Use a heavier rod for the outside terry towels and a lighter rod for the inside liner. Hang the outside rod alittle higher to hide the inside rod. As for people using them to dry their hands, at least you know they're washing their hands!!! :}

  • photophil 23 Aug, 2008

    These would make nice curtains for a sun room or pool house.

  • Ldybugsrus 23 Aug, 2008

    I was going to suggest button holes but I see that was done, and so what if guests or children dry their hands on it, it is washable. if you don't want to use a vinyl or plastic liner you could use a nylon one. it also would be washable and better for the environment. for the weight on the tension rod just make the rod tighter or get some of those cups that hold up a closet rod.

  • bjhinokcok 22 Aug, 2008

    I am with you LMDC...Cafe clip hangers would be great, as long as you have a liner and the towels don't get wet....otherwise they would be too heavy! Wonderful Idea tho!!!!

  • Golden_Red 22 Aug, 2008

    This is a great idea--except that I am trying to get VINYL (use a vinyl liner) out of my bathroom. :(

  • LoraBeth 22 Aug, 2008

    Whew...the plastic liner behind the shower curtain, the heavy towels on the bar (mine's tension) not sure it would stay up. I'd opt for a lighter weight flat sheet in a coordinating color, or even window sheers. That would result in more light in the shower area, the better to scrub yourself, my dear.

  • EJZ 22 Aug, 2008

    To avoid the towels from getting wet, use a plain plastic liner attached to the same hooks.

  • zuliblu 22 Aug, 2008

    You could even do some simple appliques to doll it up a bit. Very cute, off to buy towels!!

  • Lamont 22 Aug, 2008

    Is very easy to make and can match your favorite towels with this bath curtain. Also, would be easy to change decor when you wanted to.

  • BayTree 22 Aug, 2008

    This is a great idea. I like the washable quality. Plus, I can color and style coordinate the curtain with towels, curtains (from towels) et cetera. This is wonderful I am setting up the sewing machine this weekend to get at least two (one in the wash one on the tub) made right away. Thank you so much.

  • judinovak 22 Aug, 2008

    I have done this before. however instead of grommets I just used my buttonholer on my sewing machine and made button holes. It was fast, easy and beautiful!

  • TractorLady 22 Aug, 2008

    Great idea as there are so many pretty

  • Cindysoo 22 Aug, 2008

    I don't even think I would sew them together. It would make them much easier to wash.

  • kagion 22 Aug, 2008

    Cool idea and soo easy to take care of. you could make on for every season of the year.

  • VICTORIASECRETPLACE 22 Aug, 2008

    Amazingly easy idea that could be changed up seasonally to reflect a cozy atmosphere... LOVE it!

  • deezblock 22 Aug, 2008

    I'm concerned that kids and guests might be inclined to wipe their hands in it

  • terivanhecke 22 Aug, 2008

    How easy are grommets to do?

  • jaroo1 22 Aug, 2008

    Nice, only downside, my grandkids used mine as a towel and we all know how well they washed their hands!!!!!!

  • CindylouG 22 Aug, 2008

    I am designing a "under the sea" theme on my clear Vinyl Curtain for my 2 yr old's Bathroom-this would be a wonderful idea to use 1 towel and put it in front of the clear vinyl one for added privacy for guests and could be pulled back to show the designs on the clear curtain when not needed!

  • MsSugarbaker 22 Aug, 2008

    I love this idea - I am "downsizing" and moving into an apartment. The apartment is in a great area - not an apartment complex and it is new. One drawback is the small bathroom, but it is white which helps.

    This is a perfect way to add nice color without it being overwhelming in that small space.

    Thanks!

  • georgia3 22 Aug, 2008

    where do you get the chain and attatchments from?

  • ditdit 22 Aug, 2008

    - I am getting a good laugh out of this-I can see the weight of it coming down on my head.

  • LMDC 22 Aug, 2008

    Cute looking for sure! Wouldn't it be easier to use cafe style hangers though? Then you wouldn't need grommets at all.

  • LMDC 22 Aug, 2008

    Cute looking for sure! Wouldn't it be easier to use cafe style hangers though? Then you wouldn't need grommets at all.

  • LMDC 22 Aug, 2008

    Cute looking for sure! Wouldn't it be easier to use cafe style hangers though? Then you wouldn't need grommets at all.

  • LMDC 22 Aug, 2008

    Cute looking for sure! Wouldn't it be easier to use cafe style hangers though? Then you wouldn't need grommets at all.

  • VICTORIASECRETPLACE 22 Aug, 2008

    Super cute and pretty much as simple as far as projects as it gets! LOVE it and am thinking of it as an inexpensive change for the summertime months... the possibilities are endless!

  • jingles79 22 Aug, 2008

    I like this idea for a shower stall (1 bath sheet).

  • pelican66 22 Aug, 2008

    i wonder what the temptation level is on using the curtain vs. a towel to wipe off water? lol

  • thinrox 22 Aug, 2008

    What a great idea for a kid's room or for your vacation home. I'm definitely going to make these.

  • charitytreat 22 Aug, 2008

    I plan to make one for my mother for Christmas! What a simple

  • jna 21 Aug, 2008

    I really like the idea of this.. I bet it would never wear out and is easy to wash (duh!)