Sunday, March 7, 2010

Easy Grommet Tutorial

  No tools needed and no sewing.

I purchased my grommets at JoAnns.  They come in different colors--gold, silver, champagne, black, and tortise shell.  There are larger grommets which I have used for curtains and smaller ones which I have not tried yet.  These are the medium size.  Directions are on the back.  I'm a visual learner but let me tell you the directions on the package are very clear.

The grommets have a front and a back...the one on the left has teeth and the one on the right has grooves.

I mark the grommet location on the right side of my bags before doing any layering, quilting or finishing.  Decide where you want your grommet.  The package directions tell you how much width you need to work with.  I use a ruler to evenly space them then lay the grommet (either one at this point) on the right side of the fabric.  Make a pencil mark at the top of the inside of the ring.

The package comes with a template.  Lay your template top aligned with the pencil mark.

Trace your circle in the template grooves.  Mark your bag front and back.  If you're using grommets for curtains you make your panels first and then measure, mark, and install your grommets last.

Cut a slit through all layers then cut all layers--front, batting or fleece, lining.

Lay the grommet with the groove on the underside.

Lay the grommet with the teeth on top and press with the heal of your hand.  You'll hear a snap sound.

This is the lining side.  I told you it was easy.

So now I have another new bag.

The green is a Jennifer Paganelli beauty and the yellow is linen.

I made curtain panels for my new sewing space using this fabric from IKEA and the big grommets.

Now go forth and use your grommets with confidence!  I'd love to see what you make.
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~Piecefully, Stephanie

40 comments:

nicolette said...

Lovely curtains, easy grommets,a wonderful new camera and a cute laze Abby!

That must have been a fine weekend!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Thank you, I had no idea how to use them. Love the fabric for your curtains!

Linda said...

Love the new bag, such pretty fabrics, and your curtains are so fresh and fun. I'm sure you won't have any problems creating in your lovely new space.

Mary Grace McNamara said...

That bag is just delicious! And the curtain fabric? Come on! So fun and funky, and super colorful! I love it!

Grommets rock!

MGM

Cathy said...

Thank you for the tutorial. I've been afraid to use grommets but it looks much easier than I thought it would be.

Nedra said...

Great idea to use the grommets for curtains. And I love anything from Ikea.

Gerry said...

Thanks, Stephanie,
I had no idea that JoAnn's carried these.
I'm going to use my coupon and grommet away.
Hugs,
Gerry

GardenofDaisies said...

OH! You just snap them in? No pounding with a hammer or anything? WOW, that is easy.

Quilt Hollow said...

I thought they had to be pounded in...seems I saw that on another blog recently and now can't remember where. Trends and Traditions maybe? You made it look easy peasy!!

Lynn said...

Good now I have a reason to go to Joann's tommorrow. I was looking for one - can't wait to try these.

Corners of My Life said...

You make it looks so easy it makes me want to try it. Thanks for the tutorial photos.

Danielle said...

I love the curtains! What great fabric, and the grommets don't even look scary! Just might have to give it a try.

onlymehere said...

I used grommets on some purses I made and I really think they made all the difference. You've made such a cute tote and I love the curtains too. You go girl!

Valentina said...

That is wonderful!
I will certainly attempt this and let you know.
You truly gave me the confidence to try!
Thanks for sharing, Stephanie!
xox
V.

Jodie said...

I have never seen ones so big - I'll have to check them out ! They really look easy to use.

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Love your curtains! I haven't seen such large grommets before - will ahve to look out for them - love how they don't need a hammer during application.

Melanie said...

Brill lovely work Stephanie. Your new curtains look fabulous up. The bag is a great way to use up the left over grommets from curtain making too. I do like using stuff up. :-)

maria said...

Thanks for the instructions. It looks easier than I thought.

Kaaren said...

Well that was just too easy. All along I thought that one would need special tools and a hammer, etc.

Thanks, Stephanie. A visual is soooo much better than having to read instructions.

What happy curtains!

Jackie said...

I absolutely love the curtains!!

Jayne said...

Thank you for the easy-to-follow instructions. I am very interested in making some bags - for me, my daughters, and for gifts! The grommets look like a really fast application! And, by the way, your bag is just gorgeous!! Bravo for you!

Carrie P. said...

I will do it with confidence now. Thanks for showing how easy is is. Your curtains turned out so great and just look at all the things on the fabric. Is that Billy Goats Gruff on it? that what first thought of when I saw those goats/rams on the bridge.

Cindy said...

Thanks, Stephanie. You make it simple as pie. I bought mine awhile back to use to a sewing room valance but yet to do so. Now you have given me motivation....just have to finish a few BOMs and two quilts first..but not too big of quilts.

Then...onto those grommets.

I first think I'll use these in my bedroom window. Hubby put up the rod in there just recently for me.

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Oh! Those look soooo much easier than the one I've used (hammer, padding, special tool, etc,...). And it looks so cute on your new bag.
I love the curtains, too! I'm definitely going to look for that type of grommet to use on my window treatment.
Thanks for the easy instructions!

Kimberly

Purple Quilter Queen said...

How cute is that bag?? I love it. And your curtain fabric is adorable. What a clever way to use those grommets. I always thought you had to have a special machine or tool to use them, but obviously no. I might just have to head on over to Joann's at lunch and pick me up some of those. So cute. Thanks for sharing. Jenn

Georgina said...

That was so clear - my confidence has zoomed and I want to have a go!!

Georgina said...

That was so clear - my confidence has zoomed and I want to have a go!!

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Girl, I think you took the fear out of grommets, Yea! I have had projects to work on and almost completed except for those fearful grommets. Thanks so much.

Shari said...

I just love those curtains! Glad to see grommets just aren't for tarps to cover the trailer with!

With the bag, when in use and the bag has weight in it - does the handle pull the grommets together?

Victoria said...

Fabulous! Thanks for posting this... now maybe I can get over my grommet fear!

Deborah said...

Neat! And no hammer! I need to make one of those bags.

Simone de Klerk said...

I think I should try it one day. Love your new curtains. So happy!

sewtakeahike said...

I love grommets! Thanks for the step by step Stephanie. Your curtains turned out fabulous!

Janet said...

I've never used a grommet but now I know how to and they won't scare me thanks to you. What a shame you thought of the same bag idea, I guess we could make something similar using the grommets. I love yours a lot.

pratima said...

WOW! Love your Ikea curtains, Stephanie. The silver grommets are very cool with the blue :)
The bag is so beautiful. Thanks so much for the detailed pics on how to do them :)

Teodo said...

Thanks Stephanie for the tutorial.
The Ikea fabric is so happy that working in your sewing space you will think to be on holyday.
ciao ciao

AnyoneCanQuilt said...

OOoooooohhhh, Love the grommet bags! Especially the lovely green fabric one, and Love your new curtains! They are so adorable. The little mountain goats are killing me. I want to come visit your sewing room! x

Bea said...

Thanks for this tutorial. I've been wondering how this was done.

Mel said...

I adore the curtains!! Very inspiring!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

That turned out so cute. I love the grommets in the curtains. Well I love grommets! I had some vintage ones from my mom I used at Christmas. No directions. I could have used this. Thanks.