Vintage Bed Sheet DIY Shower Curtain

2 Hours

How to make a fun shower curtain from a pretty, clean, thrifted bed sheet!
Be sure to check out my full tutorial here for each and every step!
Since I knew I wanted a pretty, floral design, I hit up some local thrift shops and checked out their linens section. It's always a fantastic source of inexpensive fabric!
To make a shower curtain from a sheet, I chose a queen sized sheet (but a double/full would also work). I laid it out on the ground and placed our old shower curtain on top of it and trimmed it to match.
And then I hemmed it on my sewing machine.
To make my shower curtain hangable with the shower curtain rings I already had, I needed to add buttonholes across the top.
Last step-ironing my curtain and hanging it up! And I LOVE how fresh and bright it looks!!
Be sure to check out my full tutorial here for each and every step!

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12 questions
  • Donna Shaw-Campbell
    on Jan 15, 2016

    Does this leak water onto the floor? I thought shower curtains, had to have a special coat of something.

    • Sadie Seasongoods
      on Jan 15, 2016

      @Donna Shaw-Campbell I always hang a plastic liner behind it...that way, my fabric curtain always stays outside the tub and dry. :)

    • Marianne
      on Jan 22, 2016

      @Sadie Seasongoods yes, so do I.

    • Rusty
      on Apr 22, 2016

      Use a plastic curtain with you curtain

    • Patty
      on Jun 16, 2016

      You use a $ store liner. This is just for looks.

    • Sophia,M.,McConnery
      on Jun 22, 2016

      Lots of dollar stores sell the inside plastic sheet for the shower.This idea is only for the outside!

    • Janet Backe
      on Jun 22, 2016

      If you cannot sew button holes for some reason, you could add another rod. Then buy metal rings with clips on them or slit open wide top seam on the ends and put rod through. I can only really hand sew, like mending, so I try to find some way to skirt around button holes and zippers.

    • Janet Backe
      on Jun 22, 2016

      Sorry, I meant to what a great idea this is, because the pretty shower curtain my daughter bought only lasted a dew months. It was inexpensive and after a few warnings it started to fall apart. She actually paid quite a bit more for it than she would a sheet. Right now she just has plastic liner. I am going to bring this idea to her attention. Between the two of us we should be able to think of something. Thank you again for your many great ideas.

    • Janet Backe
      on Jun 22, 2016

      I hate spell check.

    • Linda Holland
      on Jul 11, 2016


    • Vickie
      on Jul 31, 2016

      I would use the plastic liner. It can be washed in your washer. Fill tub with WARM water a little soap and vinegar was wash on gentle. I have done this for years for my clear plastic liners. A sure way to keep the floor dry and your fancy curtain dry. A constant wet fabric curtain will tend to mildew. As far as hanging an appropriate size tension rod run thru either the top or bottom hem will work. I am for healthy living and the environment but common sense needs to be used. Black mold I do not want so I use a plastic liner. Only my thoughts on the subject. each to his own.

    • A H
      on Aug 6, 2016

      The nylon cloth liners are more washable, don't feel so cold when you touch them, and aren't unhealthy like plastic.

    • Car6404086
      on Dec 7, 2017

      The cloth bedsheet hangs out of the tub, the plastic liner stays in the tub. Both are on the same rings...

    • Pamela Kinsey Ridley
      on Dec 8, 2017

      Purchase the plastic liner at Walmart. They are only a couple dollars.

  • Cyndi Murray Daily
    on Mar 17, 2016

    Could you use grommets instead of button holes? Or would they get rusty?

  • Christina Jones
    on Mar 17, 2016

    This would also be a pretty idea for my daughter's closet in her room. Her closet doesn't have a door and we're in a renatal, so this would be a cheap but pretty alterniave.

  • Kathy
    on Aug 22, 2016

    Would it be possible to use a hole puncher on material? The liners that I buy look like that is what they used and my favorite hooks slide right in.

    • Sadie Seasongoods
      on Aug 22, 2016

      Hi, Kathy- I've never tried that on material. It might work, but you'd want to see the edges so that it didn't fray (I would think). That's when the idea of grommets would come in handy!!

    • G B
      on Nov 7, 2016

      Grommets can be found in sewing section and sometimes crafts.

    • Marcy Quinto-Mower
      on Dec 28, 2016

      Use Dritz Fray Check to prevent fraying on the holes.

    • Tiffany
      on Dec 8, 2017

      A hole puncher wouldn't be sharp enough I don't think. You could use something like fusible hem tape to iron some fabric over and then cut small holes. The fusible tape will seal the threads in the fabric.

  • Dia10680820
    on Sep 8, 2016

    You say you made button holes but the finished photo shows us grommets... which did you prefer and why

    • Sadie Seasongoods
      on Sep 8, 2016

      Hi, Diane- nope, those are my shower curtain rings....which slip through all the buttonholes I made. Here's a quick close up photo- thanks.

    • Dixielbr
      on Sep 18, 2016

      At first I thought they were grommets but looked closer and saw they were shower rings . Very pretty .

    • Brenda
      on Nov 26, 2016

      Why not use grommets?

    • Marian Finkenstadt
      on Dec 26, 2016

      You could, but they sure would make a lot of noise in the drier!

    • Janet Reid
      on Aug 14, 2017

      They would rust too.
    • Jan M
      on Dec 12, 2017

      If you look closely, those are not grommets, they are shower curtain rings with a leaf on them.

  • Anne Dyantha Ryans
    on Nov 8, 2016

    Wouldn't a normal bed sheet get totally soaked when using the shower?

    • Sadie Seasongoods
      on Nov 8, 2016

      Hi, Anne- I use a plastic liner behind it. :)

    • Jane Berk
      on Dec 26, 2016

      When you shower, the plastic liner stays in the tub but the fabric stays outside the tub. Just like any decorative fabric shower curtain you might buy.

    • Bassetthound
      on Jan 21, 2017

      My shower curtain is fabric. As long as it doesn't extend beyond the tub (full drape or bagging over the edge) it works perfectly well. It's a lot easier to clean and keep mold and scum free.

    • Sarah E Carroll
      on Jan 23, 2017

      Surprisingly the water doesn't splash through the fabric. .I have 2 showers with 'sheet' curtains in use for 15 years . .I didn't even put rings on them. .I just used a spring loaded pole and made a hem to fit it. The length was hemmed to not drag, leaving enough for a short curtain for the bottom half of my bathroom window(or could be a valance)

      , In my case the shower was 45 inches wide so a twin was plenty and the sheet was a garage sale find
    • Terri Williams
      on Aug 31, 2017

      I have always used liner with my cloth shower curtains
    • Lynn Hummel
      on Dec 7, 2017

      I use a plastic shower curtain with my pretty cloth shower curtain.
    • Diena Cameron
      on Dec 7, 2017

      Yours is very cute Sarah E. Carroll with a great pattern on it. Did you say it's 15 years old ? Looks great for it's age, if so. 😁

    • Pamela Kinsey Ridley
      on Dec 8, 2017

      Your decorating shower curtain goes on the outside of the tub. Plastic shower liner goes inside. Can not see liner and everything looks great.

  • Brenda Whitworth Eader
    on Aug 13, 2017

    the curtains you find are they worth making curtains with?
  • Pat O'Toole
    on Oct 7, 2017

    How did you get kitty off of your project?
  • Debra BENEDICT
    on Dec 7, 2017

    Did you wash this sheet first coming from a thrift shop?

  • Priscilla Hunt
    on Dec 7, 2017

    Your tutorial said to make button holes at top for hanging but your final picture shows the curtain hanging by metal grommets ??????
    • Katherine Donnelly
      on Dec 7, 2017

      Looks like the button holes have the books through them. Not sure, but that's what I think it is.
    • Sadie Seasongoods
      on Dec 8, 2017

      Yes, Priscilla and Katherine- my shower curtain rings have a brushed silver leaf-shaped pattern on them.
    • Gayle
      on Aug 14, 2018

      Priscilla Store bought shower curtains have button holes in them to put the shower curtain rings through.

  • Linda Carol Capehart
    on Dec 8, 2017

    Finished project shows grommets instead of buttonholes? I wanted to see how BH looked/ compare
    • Sadie Seasongoods
      on Dec 8, 2017

      No Linda, those are my curtain rings- they have a brushed silver leaf shape on them.
    • Loren
      on Jul 22, 2018

      I was going to say they look like the shower curtain ring you pull through but have

  • Dea9107584
    on Dec 8, 2017

    great idea...but the material not being plastic like a regular shower curtain, how will the curtain hold up to all the moisture? Will you have a constant, wet piece of material (mold)? But I do love all the options for using sheets for designs and patterns.
    • Ellen Stream
      on Dec 8, 2017

      I don't think they are grommets. I think it is the shower curtain hook. And made to look like grommets. I like them and wonder where she got them at.

    • Sadie Seasongoods
      on Dec 8, 2017

      Deann, I always use a clear plastic liner with fabric shower curtains!
    • Vickie Preston
      on Dec 24, 2019

      You can also use a washable nylon water replant liner. They last through hundreds of washings.

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  • Annette Miller
    on Dec 15, 2017

    Instead of button holes you could also make tabs and put them over the tension rod to hold it up. Just another way to make it look pretty. Especially if you have to cut it to size you might have enough material to make all the tabs. Food for thought! Great idea thanks for sharing
  • Gale Guiler
    on Jan 12, 2019

    Gee I did that back in the 80's Still have one of them

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