Grommets— small metal, hard plastic, or rubber circles that are designed to reinforce holes in clothing pieces or other items made of fabric. They do this by pressing into the hole and connecting on the other side with another piece of hardware called a washer.
Behind many of the best sewing projects are the small but important details that allow them to fasten properly. If you think you’ve never heard of a grommet before, you’ve probably used items with grommets, or maybe even eyelets, many times without realizing it. This tiny piece of hardware can make a world of difference in an item’s fastening ability and functionality.
There are small metal, hard plastic, or rubber grommets that are designed to reinforce holes in clothing pieces. They do this by pressing into the hole and connecting on the other side with another piece of hardware called a washer.
The two pieces work together to create a more dependable structure for holes designed for fastening, such as those on shoes, garments with ties, drapes, tarps, and flags. A regular grommet or rubber grommet effectively protects the hole from enlarging over time or ripping.
With a variety of grommet types and brands to choose from, your choice of grommets can even make a significant difference in the aesthetic value of your item.
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 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 needed.
Nearly anywhere you need to add a hole to a piece of fabric can be fastened with a grommet. At home, grommets are commonly seen in shower curtains and modern drapes. However, versatile grommets can be used as a utility or to add visual interest to an otherwise plain project.
You could make a pocket for a tote bag all by itself, or you can upgrade it with 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 products.
Hats also utilize rubber 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 more easily.
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 brands of 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.
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 have been offering these same professional-grade brands of grommets and other supplies to home sewers and crafters.
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