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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Checkered Shower Curtain:.

As you know, we moved into our new house recently. We are absolutely loving having all of the space for our kids and all of our stuff! You know, a two bedroom townhome doesn't really work for five people. I'm just sayin'.

We are loving our new house, and the green stucco really sets us apart in our neighborhood. The one thing we wish we could change is our garage door. We really wanted a black garage door, but the garage door company didn't offer anything in black. Really? Forest green but not black, eh? 

Luckily there is a site called Garaga, who specializes in all types of residential and commercial garage doors. I've been doing a little looking around and did find a black garage door! I'm going to keep this in mind for the future when we are able to do some upgrades on our house. 

Even though doing outside upgrades and changes can be a bit expensive, there are ways to upgrade the inside of your home and today I'm going to share one thing that I made to change up our master bathroom.

Are you ready to make your own checkered shower curtain?

I promise it’s easy, and it’s fun to create something custom for your home!

All you need are two different fabrics and your sewing machine and you’re ready to go!


I based this shower curtain off of a standard curtain at 72”x72”. I wanted three blocks down and three blocks across. Again, I made a highly mathematic sketch detailing how to divide the checkers into equal parts.


To account for seams, I cut each block to 25”x25”, which will give me nice blocks around 24”x24” like I want once the shower curtain is finished. As my notes say above, you need to cut 5 of fabric ‘x’ and 4 of fabric ‘o’.


Lay out your fabric to see what your pattern is going to look like.


Take each row – vertically or horizontally (I obviously chose vertically) – and sew the blocks together, finishing your edges. Iron your seams down.


Do this for your remaining two rows. Then attach those rows together, again finishing your edges and ironing down your seams. Hem the curtain all the way around.


Now it’s time to mark where you’re going to make your button holes to put your shower rings through. It’s tough to see, but there are small dots that are my markers. Space them evenly across the top of the curtain.


Sew your buttonholes at each mark.


That’s it!

Now wait a few weeks before you move into your new house to hang it up. Okay, hopefully you won’t actually have to do that.

I love the gray and yellow together; it’s been a favorite combo of mine for a long time. The yellow is just so cheery!

And I’m loving it with my zebra towels from my favorite store, Target.

Are you going to make one? Would you do smaller and more blocks, or do you like the bigger blocks?


  1. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 1 post on Sep. 25, 2012. Thanks again.

  2. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 2 post on Sep. 25, 2012. Thanks again.

  3. This shower curtain is so cute! I love the fabric!

  4. What type of fabric did you use and where did you get it?

    1. They are both more of canvas-y type fabrics. I got them both on fabric.com. They are both premier prints. If you do a search for premier prints, it will bring up lots of fun patterns in a huge array of colors!


  5. I LOVE love this! Great prints, makes me wish I had a shower curtain in my master bath.


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