Grommet—the simple little metal circles that you probably don’t pay much attention to until they loosen. They’re everywhere—in the tops of curtains, holding your shoelaces, and guiding drawstrings through bags, purses, and other everyday objects. Fabric storage cubes, now in nearly every home in America, utilize grommets instead of knobs to pull them out of organizer shelves. Grommets are useful as well as decorative, with a wide range of applications.
Practically, grommets are used to reinforce a hole in a piece of fabric, just like its smaller cousin, the eyelet. These rings are usually used for heavier fabrics and applications, like tarps, tents, canvas and storage cubes, and drawstring bags. Costume corsets use both to accommodate lace-up closures. Large vinyl-coated canvas signs that you see at sporting events and trade shows are held in place with a series of grommets throughout the edges and can be hung wherever it’s needed.
Nearly anywhere you need to add a hole to a piece of fabric can be reinforced with a grommet. At home, grommets are commonly seen in shower curtains and modern drapes. But versatile grommets can be used as a utility or to add visual interest to an otherwise plain project.
You could make a pocket for this tote bag all by itself, or you can really upgrade it with the addition of grommets, D-rings and a long strap. Adding grommets to the bottom of a pair of jeans, trousers, skirt and even home décor adds one-of-a-kind accents not available in ready-made.
While using grommets at the tops of curtains are apparent, here is some other fun ideas:
Hats also utilize mesh grommets to allow airflow and to keep your head from sweating. Your head gives off a fair amount of heat, so a good hat helps you keep warm in cold weather. But while working outside, or doing anything during the heat of summer, hats can trap heat, making you even more uncomfortable. Adding a mesh grommet to your hats offers ventilation and helps you cool off much easier.
You’ll need two tools: a hammer and a setting tool called an anvil. A grommet consists of two pieces, the barrel and the washer. Some grommets have prongs on the barrel end.
Installation involves hammering them together in the opening to no longer be a ragged hole in the fabric. Mark each place you want a grommet, then cut a hole in the fabric smaller than the size of the barrel. Insert the barrel into the right side so that it comes out on the wrong side of the fabric.
Thinner fabrics may require small pieces of iron-on interfacing or another stabilizer to keep the fabric in place in the grommet.
Working on a hard surface like a floor or piece of wood, center the stud end of the anvil on top, and hit it with the hammer. A wooden cutting board may also work. You may want to work on a towel to keep your project from getting dirty. Hammer just until the ring is set completely. Pliers are also available that can make installation simpler. Once completed, your fabric project is ready to use.
How do you know what size grommet is best for your project?
If your project is from a pattern, the size will be in the instructions. (If not, you’ll need to do some figuring.) We carry a wide range of sizes and types—click here to visit our grommet and eyelet sizing chart.
Our online store offers a wide selection of grommets of all sizes and types for any kind of sewing or other projects you have in mind. We carry grommets in antique brass, nickel, bronze, copper, and other metals and finishes. We also offer plastic grommet covers, grommet tape for draperies, and even have a grommet in various colors!
Our grommets are the same type we’ve supplied to the fashion industry since 1990, and are of higher quality than most available in retail shops. Since 2012, we are also offering these same professional-grade grommets and other supplies to home sewers and crafters.
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