A Ruffle Shower Curtain & Its Awesomeness

We've got a sick 6-year-old with stomach flu around here (poor little lamb)...which can only mean one thing: everyone washes his/her hands a zillion times a day. Mandatory. Because no one wants baby Violet catching a bug. Baldy or not, she's the household sweetheart, and for good reason. Those cheeks!
 
 
Let me show you what's been inspiring me lately. After I tell you. That's right, show-and-tell. I just love when academia meets real life. (Because kindergarten activities are considered "academic"...?)
 
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Ruffle waterfall curtains. Aren't they so pretty? All those tiers? These tie-dyed ruffled curtains from Anthro are amazing.
Anthropologie
 
But I'm specifically on the hunt for ruffle shower curtains. I like this white one okay, although it seems slightly stiff. If that's possible with ruffles.

Ruffle Blackout Panel
Pottery Barn
The mismatched vibe of this one below is fun, although it's not quite to my taste. A little too peppy for me. Because I'm not a morning person all the time. (Translation: I was a morning person on one day in my life, and that was my wedding day. The 14 million other mornings I've lived? Nurp.)

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This is a pretty grey, as far as curtains go. It almost looks ombre, but I can't tell if that's just the lighting.

Urban Outfitters
 
And I esPESHially love this one. Eclectic vintage, with soft yellows and whites. Annnnd...you guys spy the pom trims, too, right? K. Just checking.

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I'm starting a makeover process of our main bathroom. Nothing crazy (maybe), but just a little pick-me-up. Here's the final ruffled shower curtain:
 
 
This isn't a full-on ruffle curtain tutorial, but I'll show you in a nutshell what I did. Because apparently I am a glutton for self-punishment and because I love ruffles lately, I went through my fabric scraps and pulled out everything white. Ish.
 

I cut out a ton of strips, then laid them out on top of fabric that was cut to be the same size as the actual finished shower curtain. (Will you be shocked that I recycled the window curtains from here? No? Good.) Each strip was about 1.5-2x the actual width of the curtain itself (to allow room for gathering).


I then sewed the pieces together into strips, hemmed the sides & bottom of each strip, baste-/ruffle-stitched the top of each strip, and sewed them onto the large fabric piece. Then I cut off the reinforced top from my old shower curtain, covered it in white fabric, and sewed it to the top of the now-ruffled curtain. Button holes finished it up. I reattached the ivory liner behind this curtain.
 


I didn't want the curtain to feel super country; I wanted it to be eclectic-chic. (Heh. I totally just made that up. But do you know what I mean?) I love the various textures and subtle pattern of the white strips.
  


Violet had to hustle right in and check it out after I hung it up. Baby-approved. Yesssss.


 I have some ideas brewing for the whole space, but I like the start this curtain gives.


 
What about you guys? Are you a fan of ruffle waterfall curtains like this or not so much? What's your very favorite way to show personality in a shower curtain?
 
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47 comments:

  1. BEAUTIFUL!! I am obsessed with the ruffles, too!

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    1. I really need to add in the other part of my plan so the ruffles don't overtake the bathroom. But, yes, it's very ruffle-y, and I happen to love it.

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  2. Beautiful! I love how the fabrics blend. How long did it take to pull this off? And Violet...those cheeks...so kissable. I'm remembering a picture of you as a baby with a similar kissable face!

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    1. I'll admit...by about the 4th row, I was pulling out all sorts of tricks to make it go faster. Ruffles & ruching take for.ev.er! But at least I'm happy with the result. I think I would cry if I hated it.
      And, yes, I was Captain Chubs as a babe. You remember correctly. :)

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  3. I, too love ruffles. This is gorgeous. Love the whole look of the different fabrics and textures.

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    1. Thanks, Joann! Funny thing...my computer is now showing me adds of terrible 80s pink-and-lace ruffle curtains. Umm...no. :)

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  4. I think the ruffle waterfall curtains are very lovely...they add just the right amount of a feminine touch. Yours came out really nice!

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    1. Oh and your baby girl is an absolute doll!!!

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    2. She's definitely the star of the show around here. Can't help but kiss those chubby cheeks all day long!

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  5. I'm sure a lot of people would want to make their own ruffle shower curtains at home and your tutorial is very easy to follow. Seeing the finished product, it looks far from the shower curtain in our home. Even your daughter loves it! Congrats on your new shower curtain!

    Yon Vann

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    1. It was a good use of fabric scraps, that's for sure...but it definitely took some time to sew! Thank you, Yon.

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  6. I actually kind of love it!

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    1. I actually really love this comment! You're adorable, Cossette.

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  7. I love this!!! One more thing I have to add to my "want" list. Thanks for sharing, Patti@OldThingsNew

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    1. Oh man, if you could only see my "want" list. I have to consciously add things to my "grateful for" list to balance it out. Lucky for me, there's lots to add to the latter.

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  8. Wow, you could sell this for over $100 bucks on Anthro girl...how did you find the time.....? :)

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    1. I know, Susan, Anthro should totally hire me. Or at least give me store credit. :)
      Finding the time was easy...it's called "Sew in the evenings whilst my darling husband watches sports talk tv."

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  9. I want. Now I have to pull out all MY whitish scraps and do one for me, as I have a white shower curtain already but no ruffles. And since I am recently single (having been dumped after 15 years), I get to decorate any way I want. (so there)

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    1. Atta girl! (Although...all joking aside...I'm very sorry. Truly. Good luck getting through, TJ.) So, yes. Pull out all your white scraps and ruffle it out! :)

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  10. I love the tutorial and how fantastic they look. I would love for you to come over to my blog hop and share this there!
    http://countrifiedhicks.blogspot.com/2013/02/mondays-with-countrified-hicks-blog-hop.html

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    1. Thanks for the invite. I linked up.

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  11. Ohhhh I love ruffles! I have been wanting to make this into a tablecloth! I am visiting for the 1st time. I hope you come by to link your wonderful ideas- http://atozebracelebrations.com/2013/01/link-party-5.html
    Nancy

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    1. Welcome, Nancy! I tried to link up but was too late. Thanks for the invite, though.

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  12. Absolutely AMAZING Brittney!!

    Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality! Can't wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening!

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    1. Getting a big head over here, Christine. :) Okay, not really. But thanks. You're always so positive!

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  13. I love the patchwork-i-ness of it! It's adorable, and baby-approved so you can't go wrong with that!

    Thanks for linking up at F-it Fridays, I hope to see you back again next week!
    http://www.parloandlogi.com/category/f-it-friday/

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    1. True. Baby-approved is a big deal around here.

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  14. CONGRATS!!!! You have been featured at The DIY Dreamer!
    Come over and grab your featured button... you deserve it :)
    http://thediydreamer.com/from-dream-to-reality/features-52/

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    1. One of my favorite places to be featured. Thanks so so much, e-friend!

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  15. Huge fan of your curtain. Love the colors and ruffles.

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    1. Aww, I appreciate that, Terry. Thanks.

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  16. What a lovely shower curtain I love how it turned out! Thanks for linking up & sharing @ DearCreatives.com Hope to see you again soon & your having a great week. Theresa

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    1. Sweet of you to say, Theresa. Thank you.

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  17. Sorry to hear your little one is sick, everyone seems to be down with it right now. Your shower curtain turned out really pretty, I don't think I would have the patience to make one like you though. :) Thank you so much for sharing with Saturday Spotlight. Have a great week and come back soon!

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    1. I know, there's some gross germs going around these days. Makes me appreciate regular boring ol' good health. :)

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  18. LOVE the ruffles and all the different patterns and textures you incorporated! It's absolutely beautiful! Would love for you to share at the party tonight! xo bridgett

    http://www.osiemoats.com/2012/07/thursday-linky-party-1.html

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  19. Wow that is a lot of work Brittney. I have been meaning to make one of these for quite some time, but I haven't been able to make myself yet. This makes me want to get to work. I love the first picture with your baby by the curtain. She is beautiful!
    Hugs,
    Marcie
    I Gotta Try That

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    1. I won't lie, Marcie, ruffles are one of the more time-consuming things to do. But at least it's brainless work, you know? You can have the radio or tv on in the background and be easily amused whilst sewing away.
      And, thank you. We all adore this little cheek-toting baby girl.

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  20. It's stunning. By far the most beautiful shower curtain I've ever seen. I know ruffles are hard work (I know!) but your hard work paid off. This is gorgeous! And violet is a doll! SO sweet!

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    1. Roeshel, nicest.comment.ever! (Brownie points to you for knowing Violet's name and complimenting her... hee hee.) I'm blushing. Truly.

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  21. Wow so so gorgeous...I don't think I would have enough patience to make this but I just might attempt it at some point..you have inspired me!! Come link up to Centerpiece Wed and share you post. Karin

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    1. Thanks for the invite, Karin.

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  23. Hi, I love this shower curtain (the one with multiple colors). Do you make these for people? I would love to have one!

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