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Learn Exactly How To Make A Custom Shower Curtain {Without Sewing}

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If you’re on the hunt for a custom shower curtain, be ready to dish out some serious moola! And after seeing the price of fabric these days, I understand why. Plus, not everyone owns or enjoys sewing. Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Stencil Revolution. All opinions are my own.

All of us can paint, especially if we are given a stencil, which will produce a professional and flawless result. Besides, acrylic fabric paint comes in a rainbow of colors, so the sky is your limit. 

Also, you could reuse the stencil over and over again. Think of the possibilities…custom towels, bathmats. I know, I know…it’s all very exciting!

So, let’s jump right in, shall we?

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What Kind Of Fabric Should You Use For A Custom Shower Curtain?

It’s best to use natural fibers like linen or cotton. Be mindful that the tighter the weave of the fabric, the easier it will be to paint. 

However, I enjoy a very organic look, so I decided to use a loose weave fabric. The stencil I will use today is a minimalist leaves pattern by Stencil Revolution. 

As you could clearly see, my bathroom shower curtain could use a little “mini makeover.” In its current state, it looks a bit blah.

Stenciling on a fabric shower curtain
Supplies Used In This Tutorial With Clickable Links To My Resources
Woven Shower Curtain Used In Tutorial Is No Longer Available (It was purchased at Target)

For me, custom means something handcrafted, and some imperfections are what makes the designs so unique. In other words, that’s what makes it different and not cookie-cutter, in my humble opinion. 

Therefore, I used different amounts of pressure when applying my paint. If you prefer a crisp design, I would recommend the following. 

First, since loose weave fabrics can be tricky to work with, try ironing on freezer paper to give it stability. The freezer paper can be easily removed from the material without leaving any signs of residue.

Also, use spray adhesive on the back of your stencil, which you will be able to reposition throughout your project.

Remember, if you get paint on an area of the fabric, the design could be ruined. 

Truth be told, not all stencils are created equal, and Stencil Revolution produced a quality product. It was easy to work and was more sturdy than other stencils I’ve used in the past.

How To Stencil Your Custom Shower Curtain

Begin by placing the shower curtain on a flat and hard surface. Use a drop cloth or contractor’s paper to protect your surface. To ensure the best design I recommend placing the stencil in the center of your shower curtain and secure it with painter’s tape. 


The fabric will soak up paint, so plan on working in layers. If you add too much paint for your first layer, it will bleed into the fabric. 

PRO TIP: The key is to apply a light coat and allow a few minutes for the paint to dry. This will seal the paint and give your custom shower curtain a professional appearance.

Custom shower curtain without sewing

How To Remove Your Stencil

Carefully peel back the stencil onto the protective contractor’s paper and make sure the stencil is completely dry before relocating it to a different area of the fabric. 

Removing a stencil from fabric

Acrylic paint drys within a few minutes.

Reposition Your Stencil

You’ll find Stencil Revolution repeated patterns are pretty straight forward. The pattern lined up quickly and overlapped into the previously painted area without any issues. 

As I continued the project, I found a brush was my favorite tool of choice. However, I still used a sponge near the edges of the stencil. 

Since I used a loose weave fabric, it was pretty uneven in a few areas. Therefore, when the stencil could not line up, I used a small artist brush and just drew in the lines. 

Here’s a close up of an area that I drew in a few lines. You can’t even tell! 

Close up of stenciling

Of course, you will want your results to last; therefore, I would highly recommend this final step.

Make Your Custom Shower Curtain Last

My final step was to iron my shower curtain on a high setting for 3-4 minutes per area. I used parchment paper in between.

This helps melt the acrylic paint into the fabric for permanent results, as we don’t want our design to get ruined when it becomes wet. 

Side note, before ironing, I was able to feel the paint on the surface of the fabric when running my hand over the design. Once the iron heated the paint, it was smooth to the touch.

Close up of stenciling

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In Conclusion

A custom shower curtain is an easy DIY project that can spruce up your bathroom within a few hours.  Lastly, stenciling on fabric allows you to have complete control over your vision and an inexpensive way to add a little luxury to any bathroom.

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