Shower Curtain Valance

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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..? icon

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

Resources for this project:
Balmont Collection Seafoam Damask Shower Curtain, 72" X 72"
Home Decorators Collection Spring Tension Curtain Rod in Chrome (48 in. - 75 in. L 5/8 in.)
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  • Sandra Sandra on Mar 01, 2020

    I think if it was not as long and fuller, it would look even better. 😊

  • Debbie Gorry Debbie Gorry on Jul 23, 2022

    Why stop with shower curtains? I have used curtain valances! Plus regular curtains at times. I hang a clear shower liner to hang inside the tub.

  • Sharon Breese Sharon Breese on Sep 24, 2022

    I don't understand the whole "curved" curtain rod. The tub is still straight. It seems it would give the appearance of less space in a small bathroom. Can someone explain this trend to me?

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