Floral Shower Curtain for a Cottage Bathroom from Upcycled Vintage Sheets

Floral Shower Curtain for a Cottage Bathroom from Upcycled Vintage Sheets

Our guest bathroom is a cute little room- but without a window, is only illuminated by artificial light. As a result- and I’m not sure why I never noticed this before- our existing shower curtain was doing nothing to brighten the room. But instead of running out to the store for a new one, I decided to upcycle one of my vintage sheets into a floral shower curtain that would look cute in our cottage bathroom.

Updating a small bathroom with unique shower curtains made from vintage sheets or floral bed sheets by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I selected a couple of options from my collection of vintage bed sheets and draped them over the rod. Jon and I hemmed and hawed for days, changing our minds and going back again.

Using vintage sheets or floral bed sheets to update a small bathroom into a cottage bathroom by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

In the end, we chose sheet “A” and I set out to transform it into a floral shower curtain for our small bathroom. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience. 

Upcycling Vintage Sheets into Unique Shower Curtains

Before I begin, allow me to be perfectly honest. I took the easiest route imaginable to create this- I used the old one as a template before laundering it and giving it away. 

I laid out our chosen sheet on the floor, good size facing up- and it was a struggle to find an open space large enough for this queen sheet! Full/Double size would have been a little easier to manage.  Then, I placed the existing shower curtain on top of the vintage sheet.

Making unique shower curtains by upcycling vintage bed sheets or vintage sheets for a cottage bathroom by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I used the top of the sheet as the would-be top of my shower curtain and safety pinned the existing curtain to the sheet. Then I simply trimmed down the side and across the bottom of the sheet- leaving enough of a margin to incorporate a ¼ – ½” double-fold hem on the side and a 1” double-fold hem across the bottom.

Unique shower curtains made from floral bed sheets or vintage sheets into a flower shower curtain for cottage bathroom by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I then simply folded the hems and stitched them on my sewing machine, which happens to be a GREAT sewing machine for beginners (like me).

Sewing machine for beginners to upcycle vintage bed sheets into floral shower curtain or vintage shower curtains by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Then. Came. The. Scary. Part. At least for me… buttonholes.

I could have used grommets…but I needed to face the challenge of buttonholes. So I practiced on scraps of the sheet that remained after I trimmed it. When I felt quasi-comfortable with making them on my floral shower curtain, I set out to mark my sheet where each buttonhole would go. And again, I used the old shower curtain as my guide:

  • End buttonholes were ¾” in from the edge;
  • Buttonholes started ⅝” from the top edge;
  • Buttonholes were ¾” long; and
  • Buttonholes were spaced 5 ½” apart.

Whew. A lot to measure, a lot to keep straight. But using those measurements, I took a fabric pencil and drew buttonhole lines all along the top of my sheet/shower curtain.

Making a buttonhole on vintage sheets to upcycle into floral shower curtain using a sewing machine for beginners by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

But I did it!!! Maybe it wasn’t the perfect buttonhole, but it was close enough for me.

Sewing a buttonhole on sewing machine for beginners to upcycle vintage bed sheets into floral shower curtain by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

With the straight pin in place, I used my seam ripper to split the buttonhole open. Who knew you could actually use the seam ripper for a good reason instead of a bad one?!

Using the best sewing machine for beginners to sew a buttonhole on vintage sheets to upcycle into floral shower curtain by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Upcycling Vintage Sheets into a Floral Shower Curtain for a Cottage Bathroom

After the last buttonhole was split and all threads were snipped, I ironed the floral shower curtain and hung it in our cottage bathroom with the plastic liner. Of course, Cottonball sensed “change” and had to assist.

Making a floral shower curtain from vintage bed sheets or vintage sheets on a sewing machine for beginners by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

But there it is, in all it’s pretty glory. I seriously LOVE my upcycled floral shower curtain and even Jon does, too. I was afraid it would be too “girly” but he’s just so astounded by how much brighter the room is – definitely a winning project for our cottage bathroom!

Floral shower curtain made by upcycling floral bed sheets or vintage bed sheets on sewing machine for beginners for cottage bathroom by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Now, if only our master bathroom wasn’t a walk-in shower, I’d probably make another one right away. Especially since I’ve mastered (or, “mediocre’d”) the buttonhole.

Interested in more upcycling ideas for sewing projects? Please check out my full collection here before you go!

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. http://24cottonwoodlane says

    What a great idea! I love how this brightens up the whole rooom 🙂

  2. So cute! I’ve been trying to come up with a new shower curtain for my bathroom but the ones you buy in stores are not long enough (for my liking anyway!), I don’t know why I never thought of using a sheet!

    Tania

  3. I did the same thing just the other day when I had had quite enough of an old, outdated and ugly curtain for my son’s bathroom. He loves it!

  4. Love it. Im fallowing you now… You are great. I wanna try it 2.

  5. Very pretty! But does it work as well not being waterproof?

  6. What a cute idea. And such cute little helpers too! Thanks for linking up with us at the #HomeMattersParty and I hope you’ll join us again!

  7. http://Susan says

    I am addicted to old sheets like you and this is a great idea for repurposing.It really brightens up that space.

  8. Looks like you and I have tons in common, I have a basket filled with vintage table cloths,napkins, lace and fabric.. this is a great ideas, thanks for sharing this on Dream Create and Inspire! Also love a link back it would be so appreciated. :)) Maria

  9. http://sherrygcole says

    This is great! I love repurposing items. I’ve used sheets for curtains, but I have not thought of shower curtains.

  10. Wow! This really did brighten up the bathroom! Nice work!
    And yay for you for winning the showdown against the dreaded buttonholes! haha!
    Thanks for linking to Fiber Tuesdays!
    Susie
    http://www.ouicrochet.com

  11. http://Jann%20Olson says

    I love the vintage look and it really did lighten up the room! Thanks so much for sharing it with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  12. http://June says

    It also gives movement to the room. (P. S. I have the comforter that matches your old curtain!)

  13. Who would of thought to use sheets for curtains! Awesome idea! Thank you so much for linking up to Merry Monday this week! I am sharing your post tomorrow on my Twitter. We hope to see you next week for another great party! Have a great week!
    Best,
    Kim

  14. So very ingenuitive! It really does brighten up the room. And I have to say, the picture of the curtain with Cottonball is my fave! So adorable. Thank you for sharing at Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in this week’s issue.

  15. totally cool idea! love the vintage sheet and what a fun way to spruce up your bathroom and play with cats at the same time! You could even make several and swap out as seasons or your mood changes.

  16. Seriously Sarah, you had me at ‘vintage’…but what a sweet and gorgeous result from a floral bedsheet. I agree that you’d never think such a simple thing could make such a difference, but your guest bathroom is much lighter, and fresher than before. Your kitties are cuteness personified. Thanks for sharing this one at Five Star Frugal…Love, Mimi xxx

  17. I love this bed sheet that you made into a shower curtain and I like the fabric with the flowers!

  18. This is such a neat idea!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  19. Great idea…there are so many great patterns on bed sheets …never thought of using one for a shower curtain..love this one…Thank you for sharing at Share it One More Time

  20. I would have picked A as well. The more open pattern lightens up the bathroom. Using a sheet is a great economical solution for a shower curtain. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm.

  21. I love this idea! So pretty. My grandmother always made her own curtains and stuff. I’ll pin this!

  22. Beautiful, and I see you have your helpers, again! Thanks from all of us at Throwback Thursday for linking up to us this week! We can’t wait to see what you’ll bring next week. 🙂

    Mollie

  23. You mastered it and I would love to take a peak in your garage! Thanks for sharing with us at Celebrate Your Story.

  24. That looks great Sarah! Check out the one I made and avoided the dreaded buttonholes!

    http://justsimplesomethings.blogspot.com/2012/11/800-shower-curtain-and-valance.html

  25. Lovely project and your little helpers are so cute. Thanks so much for sharing your creative project at DI&DI.

  26. http://Sarah%20E.%20Carroll says

    Even without a liner water won’t go through and it will not mildew. Save lots more time: Get a spring rod . .and make a hem at the right length for your space (with spring rod you can raise it for tall families.) . just hem it to fit rod loosely at whatever length you want. In mine what was left made a valance for the bathroom window. If you want some weight to hold it down a few pebbles in the bottom hem will do, just don’t forget to remove them when you put the curtain in the wash. . Just make 2 or 3 small pocket openings in the lower hem. I didn’t even buy the sheet it was in the unused pile since I no longer have any twin beds,, but was an interesting print.

  27. Thank you for sharing… Good ideal..

  28. Great Ideal… Thsnkd

  29. http://Candes%20Spencer says

    I have a walk-in shower and I still have shower curtain in front of it. We have replaced all fixtures with oil rubbed bronze, but haven’t gotten around yet to dealing with the brass look in the shower. It gives me a way to dress up the bathroom and hides the brass until we decide to bring the shower door frames up to speed with the rest of the room! You should put one in your bathroom too. I love mine!

  30. LOOOOVE your idea using vintage sheet!! I get sheets whenever I can find em when thrifting! Cool idea..thank you!!

  31. http://Annie%20B. says

    I love flowers and the curtain is just lovely. I also love your little fur babies, too. They are absolutely beautiful.

  32. http://Kay says

    Good for you for learning to make buttonholes – this opens up so many opportunities for you. I like fabric in my bathroom, so even though I have a shower as wide as a bathtub, I hung a bedsheet on a tension rod in front of the sliding doors and pulled it to one side as you might with a regular curtain. It doesn’t interfere with the doors in any way and adds the element of color and fabric that I like. I also hung near the ceiling, a valance made from the fitted sheet and I love the look. Almost as pretty as your bathroom!!

  33. Thanks, Kay!!

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