Has anyone used a shower liner for curtain backing/liner?

by Karen
I'm making new curtains in several rooms using cotton calico fabric. I'm trying to find an inexpensive -as possible lol- way to give a little more weight to them and to keep the sun from fading my fabric. I'm also considering repurposing some older sheets. Any ideas? What have y'all tried? Thanks :)
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  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Mar 06, 2017

    Thats a great idea, I wouldn't have thought of it but it should solve your problem- good luck!!

    • Karen Karen on Mar 06, 2017

      I sure hope you're right Hillela! It would be very affordable, I just don't want the project to look tacky! Thanks so much for the encouragement!

  • MaryJane Nuskey MaryJane Nuskey on Mar 07, 2017

    I don't see any reason you couldn't use either one. I often use sheets as a backing, finding them way more inexpensive than yard material. A gently used sheet could be used. I go to outlet stores and look through the clearance section for sheets. I try to get king size. The shower curtain could work too...just don't get plastic lol.

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    • Karen Karen on Mar 29, 2017

      Carolyn, thanks for your input! I have used the window film on some large bay windows I had in a previous kitchen. That section covered nearly the entire west wall! While it did provide a beautiful view, it sure got hot in that kitchen in the Oklahoma summer especially! I'm pretty sure I've decided against trying the new shower liner Idea lol.

  • You can also get inexpensive muslin that comes in very wide widths. Just make sure to wash it first!! It shrinks like mad.

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    • you are quite welcome. I have used differing weights of muslin (bought with coupons, of course) for many things and I am usually glad that I did.

  • Eroque022810 Eroque022810 on Mar 08, 2017

    Plastic or vinyl will make noise andlook cheap. Go with fabric. Sheets would be great and the hem is done for you!

    • Karen Karen on Mar 08, 2017

      That's a good point about the noise the shower liners could make Eroque022810, I hadn't considered that. I'm all for some work being done for me! Sheets i think will be a better option.

  • Anna Anima Mundi Anna Anima Mundi on Mar 10, 2017

    Vinyl would make it hard, I think, to launder, dry, or iron the curtains properly.

    • Karen Karen on Mar 10, 2017

      I agree Anna, esp the ironing lol! After giving more thought to the actual workings of using a vinyl shower liner, I don't know what I was thinking! Well I guess I was just too focused on trying to save a few bucks lol! But like the old saying, money's not everything! Thanks for responding.

  • Debbie M Debbie M on Mar 11, 2017

    I haven't compared cost but I see everyone recommending painters drop cloth for curtain material use. That might be another option for liners to consider? Good luck.

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    • Bbunny42 Bbunny42 on Apr 08, 2017

      Also, in a recent post, someone noted that a fabric called RonLoc (sp?) at Joann's was very wide and about $7 per yard. You might check into this; sorry I don't know anything else about it. Sounds like it might be some sort of liner. Also, the liner could be hung on a separate curtain rod from the curtains.

  • Barb Calder Barb Calder on Mar 11, 2017

    I have gone to good will and picked up old sheets with no holes and used them for liners in curtains. worked great and cheap. I just sewed them just under the pocket rod and left the finished edge of sheet for hem. Hope this helps.

  • Karen Karen on Mar 11, 2017

    It's really satisfying, to me, to find good usable things to use as fabric! I have made several purses in the past from jeans purchased at our Goodwill. Also fuzzy little plush animals from old furry coats found at thrift stores lol! But back to the curtains lol. Yes your suggestion does help Barb, and I'm thinking im going to use some repurposed sheets for my liners. Thanks for responding

  • Ltt834476 Ltt834476 on Mar 12, 2017

    I made some black out curtains for my granddaughters room. I found some material that had the heavy weight feel, sturdy and great for blacking out the son. It felt some what like vinyl. It was easy to cut and sew. Came out great. Blocked the sun out and kept the room warmer in the winter in Indiana & cooler in the summer. I think I found the material at wall Wal-Mart or Joann's

  • Karen Karen on Mar 12, 2017

    I have talked to several people who have mentioned the blackout curtains, but i don't have any experience with that sort of fabric. I think I'll check in to it further now. We have Walmart and Hobby Lobby here in our area, but not Joann's :( lol. I think the blackout curtains would work pretty well in the two bedrooms. it gets pretty warm here in southern Oklahoma in the summertime. thanks for the info Lttamayo!!

  • Ltt834476 Ltt834476 on Mar 16, 2017

    That was my first time using it. I found it very, very easy to use. Very happy with it.

  • MaryJane Nuskey MaryJane Nuskey on Mar 28, 2017

    Sorry, should have been more specific. I was referring to polyester shower liners, not vinyl

  • Janice Janice on Apr 27, 2024

    I've not done this but it is a genius idea....lots of fabric for a reasonable price...shower curtain fabric also be used to make tablecloths and napkins, table runners, and pillow covers.