Retired now, Loraine was owner/operator of a custom window treatments business. She now shares sewing and window treatment tips and ideas.
Don't Be Afraid to Make Your Own Drapes!
If you've ever considered making your own drapes but were afraid to try because you didn't think you could make the pleats right, using grommets is the answer to your dilemma. Grommets are easy to attach to drapes and make them look like they're pleated when hung.
I made new drapes for my patio windows using matte black grommets. This is absolutely the easiest way that I have found to make drapes. I sewed my patio curtains with a lining because I wanted a nice finished look to them. I made my curtains using decorator fabric, which was 52" wide, and drapery lining fabric, which was also 52" wide. I made two panels for my patio door, making a 3.5" hem and a 3.5" header.
Basic Grommet Instructions
1. Use eight grommets for each panel. So for a set of drapes, I purchased two packages. You'll receive a circle template in the packaging that you can use to mark where you are going to attach them.
2. When you cut the circle out of the curtain, you'll want to cut close to (but on the outside of) the circle. Then, place the front side of the grommet (the side with the little teeth) on the front side of the drape and snap the back into the front piece. It's as simple as that.
3. Attach all your grommets, hang your curtains, and stand back to admire the fantastic new look. I love the way the curtain folds back when pushed to the side of the rod.
My Tips and Tricks
- You can purchase curtains, add grommets, and end up with great-looking drapes. You could also change up a shower curtain by adding these rings.
- When using grommets with decorator fabric, which is heavier than regular cotton fabric, don't use a header tape at the top of the drapes. This makes the fabric too thick.
- Pin or run a basting stitch an inch or so from the outside of your drawn placement circle if you are worried that the fabrics might shift when you are putting in the grommets.
- If your grommets don't want to snap together easily, check that the hole that you've cut in the fabric is big enough. If you have to make it a bit larger, cut a small amount of fabric at a time so you don't make the hole too big. After one or two grommets, you'll know exactly how much fabric to cut, so don't get flustered.
Add Grommet Snaps to Curtains
How to Hang Grommet Drapes
© 2013 Loraine Brummer
Have You Made Drapes Using Grommets?
jen09 writes on June 19, 2014:
Sounds like a great idea!