Shower Curtain Valance

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1 Hour

If you've followed any of my previous posts, you may have seen where I did a mini makeover on our bathroom a few months ago. It, to me, was a pretty big change cosmetically but there was just one element of the makeover that didn't sit well with me so I finally changed it up and I'm so happy with the result! It's amazing what some shower curtains and Stitch Witchery will do to a small bathroom!

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I liked our shower curtain that I purchased when we did our mini bathroom makeover but I wasn't crazy about it; once the whole look of the bathroom was completed, I felt like the bathroom was a little Asian inspired with hints of coastal living (because of the color)...almost yoga/zennish (not sure how else to explain). The rest of our house is French country/boho chic/farmstyle so I just wasn't digging the shower curtain when it was all said and done.

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STEP 1: Replace shower curtain
First, I took down my "old" shower curtain (it wasn't really old but you know what I mean) and replaced it with my newly purchased one.

STEP 2: Hang tension rod and measure desired length of valance
Then, I put up my tension rod above my shower curtain rod. Because I have a curved shower curtain rod, I had to make sure that the tension rod was far enough out that the shower curtain rod wouldn't be pushing my valance out once it was hanging.

Next, I measured how far down I wanted my valance to hang. I wanted the pattern on the valance to almost meet the design on my new shower curtain so I had to make my valance longer than what a traditional valance would be. It ended up being approximately 27" long.

STEP 3: Measure & cut fabric
Once I had my measurement, I laid out my valance shower curtain and folded it in half (long ways so that the two ends of the top were touching) because it was so long. Then, I measured out 28" (how long I wanted my valance to be plus 1") and made a mark.

After that, I used my fabric cutting tool to cut my valance shower curtain. Make sure to cut horizontally--your shower curtain ring holes should be at the top.

STEP 4: Create hem
Next, I took the bottom of the valance shower curtain where I had cut and folded it up 1" from the back...

...I used my iron to press down the fold all the way across the bottom of the valance.

Then, I took long strips of Stitch Witchery, placed them in the fold of the bottom of the balance and pressed them with my iron until the Stitch Witchery was fully adhered and there was a hem.

STEP 5: Hang valance
Finally, I took my set of shower curtain hooks and looped them through the holes on the top of the valance, then attached the hooks to the tension rod.

It's definitely not exactly a traditional curtain/valance but I like how this little project came out. I'm in loooooove with our new shower curtain--the pops of coral, blue and mustard yellow are totally ME and I like how the valance adds a little country flair to the whole look.

Here is a close up of the valance and shower curtain--if you look closely, you can see the line design of the valance imitates the fabric lines in the shower curtain. I didn't even notice that until everything was finished and hung--I guess it was meant to be after all..?

*Note: This project cost me roughly $55 because I only had to purchase the shower curtains, hooks and tension rod.

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  • Katye Bombassaro
    on May 22, 2018

    Does it block more natural light? Make it darker in the space?

    • Cathy Smith
      on May 24, 2018

      I like the idea of a valance. First look I thought it was to long.

      In my home I would take it to the ceiling

  • 16999903
    on May 23, 2018

    I might have missed something. Is this fabric meant to get wet? Do you drape the shower curtain in the tub when using it? Or are you going to put a clear or white plastic curtain behind the fabric curtain?

    • Ann
      on May 23, 2018

      She had a liner she put on with the shower curtain.

  • Debra Poe
    on Sep 27, 2018

    The finished look is nice but doesn’t look like the same shower curtain in before look. The design doesn’t match!!! Did you switch curtains? I like both but finished one is prettier. Good idea and job.

    • Robin
      on Sep 19, 2019

      Def doesn't look like before pic curtain, it is not the before one. As Lynn stated, she wrote that she bought a new one

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