I’m super excited to share this fun & easy tutorial with you! I found these awesome grommets that you can install yourself…wait for it…with NO tools! Well, you will need a pen or marker and some scissors, but that’s it! :)
I needed to make some curtains (for part of the Closet Makeover), but I knew that I wanted them to have grommets for added durability. Oh, you know toddlers…they can be rough on things, so I wanted something a little more sturdy. I remember seeing these grommets at my local Fabric Depot, and KNEW they would be perfect for my project! These were $10.69 (for a package of 8), but I only paid $7.48 since they were having a 30% off sale on all their notions and trims. I purchased the Brushed Silver color in the 1 9/16″ size.
If you don’t have a Fabric Depot near you, I found some online at Overstock.com, Kmart.com, Joann.com, and also on Amazon.com. Plenty of options for you! They are plastic, so they are lightweight and easy to work with.
I started out by figuring out where I wanted my grommets placed. I just used the grommets from the package and laid them out on top of my fabric so I could get a visual of where I wanted them.
Once I figured out the placement, I used the plastic template that came inside the grommet package, to trace my circles, so I could easily cut them out for the grommet “installation.”
It really doesn’t matter what kind of pen or marker you use to trace the circles, since you will be covering the marks up once you “install” the grommet. Just make sure it is dark enough for you to see the traced circles. Be sure to move the template to the next position and trace (and repeat) until you have traced all the circles for the grommets.
Once all of the circles have been traced, you will want to cut out the circles with scissors so it looks like this:
Once the holes are cut out, you are ready to GROMMET! This kit comes with top & bottom grommet parts. One part has rings around the inside (they call this the “raised” side) and the other part has small prongs (called the “prong” side). The raised side is shown on the left and the prong side is shown on the right.
Place the “raised” side part of grommet in the hole from the right side of the curtain. See photo below.
And…the FINAL step, is to position the “prong” side of the grommet over the “raised” grommet part and press down to secure. I found that it worked best when I used the palm of my hand to “lock” the two pieces together, rather than trying to press them together with my fingers. Do this for all your remaining cut-outs and then….YOU. ARE. DONE! Easy, right?
Here’s the completed look:
I love this so much! I love it even more because it was so easy!
I promise I will show the fully, completed, curtain in the final reveal of the Closet Makeover :)
**NOTE: take care when putting the two pieces together. If you notice some of the raw edges of the fabric are coming through, just reposition your fabric and try again. If you need to take the two pieces apart, just use a flat screwdriver tip into the slot, and lift up.