We cleaned the tub, we cleaned the tile, but the bathroom still didn’t look pristine. Our cheap-o shower curtain had collected red algae stains along its bottom edge and was giving off an impression of grimy hard times. It’s just a liner, really, and designed for quick obsolescence. Naturally, we couldn’t resist giving it another chance.
I sliced the bottom few inches off with my rotary cutter, getting rid of the stained area. Then I gave it a new hem. We actually used it that way a few days, but the fabric was almost too short for the tub. In a fit of inspiration I grabbed a quarter-yard of some lovely Birch organic cotton that was lying around and inserted a slice about 16 inches down the curtain. The stripe brought the curtain back to its proper length, and the low-key pattern classes up the otherwise very plain expanse.
If you decide to try something similar, I have a few pieces of advice. First, the curtain fabric is slippery and frays like crazy. The slithery weight of it wants to pull everything out of your sewing machine and down to the floor. Just be aware of the tendency and keep a keen eye and firm hand on the ten inches or so you’re sewing at the moment. Definitely don’t iron—the curtain is some kind of plastic and will not respond well. Finger pressing works pretty well, though. Lastly, consider French seams to keep things nice and tidy on the back side of the curtain.
It was nice to complete this simple project. What’s your favorite half hour house fix?