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Fabric Grommets: A HomeDecGal “Can-Do” Project

Grommet top curtains (or draperies) are very popular.  They are clean, simple and require less fabric than pleated curtains.  Plus grommets are a hot trend.  Just take a look at all the grommet details found in purses and tote bags.  Grommets are everywhere!

Have you thought about making grommet curtains for your own home only to realize that the expense of purchasing all the grommets that you needed really shot up the cost of the project?  Or that the grommets  required special equipment like cutters and setters to get the job done?

Wouldn’t it be great if there was an easier and more affordable way to make grommet curtains for your own home?

I had a brainstorm one day and wished for grommet forms that I could cover with fabric, like button forms.  Wouldn’t that be a fun idea, to have a print fabric grommet?  Well, I put that thought in the back of my mind and then unexpectedly found a great new product called Phoomph from Coats and Clark, a fabric bonding sheet that adds structure to fabric.  The lightbulb went off…this would be the perfect product to make fabric grommets!   See the results for Phoomph fabric grommets below.  This grommet project is fun, easy and affordable.

Here are a few tips before you get started:

1. Always plan for an even number of grommets so the curtain will begin and end facing the wall.

2. When measuring the length remember that the panel extends above the pole rod, not from the top of the pole.

3. If you want to open and close the curtains allow at least one and half times fullness.

4. Allow 16 inches for top and bottom hems.

This curtain is color blocked which means two contrast fabrics are sewn together.  I allowed 13 inches of the blue fabric at the top.  I

Start by sewing together the two fabrics. This curtain is color blocked which means two contrast fabrics are sewn together. I allowed 13 inches of the blue fabric at the top.

 

Fold and iron a 4 inch doubled hem at the top and bottom.  Fold and press a 1 1/2 inch hem down each side.  Trim your lining material even with the edges and fold under the hems around all sides and pin in place.  I used blackout lining for this project.

Fold and iron a 4 inch doubled hem at the top and bottom and a 1 1/2 inch doubled hem down each side. Trim your lining material even with the edges and fold under the hems around all sides and pin in place. I used blackout lining for this project but any drapery lining will work.

 

Hand sew the hems.  I like to use use Coats and Clark hand quilting thread.

I sewed the hems by hand.  I recommend Coats and Clark hand quilting thread for this part of the project.  Hand sewing helps to prevent pin holes of light from showing through the blackout lining.

 

Phoomph is available in stiff or soft bonding sheets.  You will want to use the stiff version to make the grommets.  One sheet will make twelve grommets.

Phoomph is available in stiff or soft bonding sheets. You will want to use the stiff version to make the grommets. One sheet will make twelve grommets.

 

To use the phoomph sheets, peel away the cover and smooth the fabric over the adhesive.

To use the phoomph sheets, peel away the cover and smooth the fabric over the adhesive.

 

I chose an orange-red coordinating fabric so that the customized grommets would pop!

I chose an orange-red coordinating fabric so that the customized fabric grommets would pop!

 

Divide the Phoomph sheet into twelve, 3 inch sections.  Using a compass draw the outer circle at 3 inches and the inner circle at 2 inches.

On the reverse side, divide the Phoomph sheet into twelve 3 inch sections. Using a compass draw the outer circle at 3 inches and the inner circle at 2 inches.  This is for a 1 inch diameter pole rod.  If using a larger or smaller pole rod adjust the size accordingly.

 

Cut out the circles.

Cut out the circles.

 

Using small, sharp scissors cut the inner circle away.

Using small, sharp scissors cut the inner circle away.

 

Mark the grommet spacing.  This curtain has one width of material with eight grommets spaced at 5.7 inches apart on-center.  Draw the inside circle on the fabric.

Mark the grommet spacing. This curtain has one width of material with eight grommets spaced at 5.7 inches apart on-center. Draw the inside circle on the fabric.

 

Zigzag around each circle just outside the line.  This will be covered by the Phoomph grommet.  After all the circles are sewn cut away the hole.

Zigzag around each circle just outside the line. This will be covered by the Phoomph grommet. After all the circles are sewn cut away the hole.

 

Peel away the backing and stick the Phoomph grommet over each hole.

Peel away the backing and stick the Phoomph grommet over each hole.

 

Thread the rod through the Phoomph grommets.  A 1 inch diameter wood pole rod was used for this curtain.  If you use a different size rod adjust the grommet size accordingly.

Thread the rod through the Phoomph grommets.

 

Pretty fabric Phoomph grommets at the window.

Pretty fabric Phoomph grommets at the window drawn closed.

 

The finished Phoomph grommet curtain!

The finished Phoomph grommet curtain pushed back open.

 

You can open and close grommet curtains.  Allow one and a half to two times fullness.

Color blocking is a great look!

I hope you enjoy making Phoomph grommets and I bet you are already thinking of other creative grommet shapes and ideas!

Best Wishes,

Susan

 

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Comments

  1. Jaws at Jun 25, 2013 04:02:39

    How “freakin” awesome is that!!!!

  2. jana at Jun 30, 2013 10:51:11

    Hi, Susan this is really cool–who would have thought of this!!!I How well does this ‘Phoomph’ stand up to wear and tear and how about washing or dry cleaning this item?
    Thanks, Jana

  3. HomeDecGal at Jul 01, 2013 12:31:39

    Hello Jana,
    This is a new product for me so I am still learning. I think it would hold up well if the rod were very smooth, the curtains were not heavy and they were opened and closed occasionally by curtain friendly people. . I will be learning on this curtain to see how it goes! The Phoomph packaging suggests “surface clean as appropriate to fabrics used. Do not machine wash…”.
    Thank you for your comments!
    Best Wishes,
    Susan

  4. Angela Schneier at Jul 09, 2013 12:06:25

    Susan,
    What a great idea to save money and perfectly coordinate the grommets. Phoomph sounds like an interesting product that could have many uses. Thanks for sharing.
    Angela

  5. jana at Jul 11, 2013 11:01:59

    Thanks so much for your answer….your so artistic and creative!!!!

  6. Samina at Aug 13, 2013 02:50:53

    Wow! Great idea. The metal grommets just did not work for me, so I had to add clip on rings to my curtains.
    I appreciate your sharing this idea and will try this. Thank you for the idea!
    Samina

  7. Kathy Tippitt at Aug 22, 2013 08:57:49

    Thank you didn’t info didn’t know phoompm even existed now to see if I can find some at Hancocks they are the only fabric store near me if not I’m sure I can find it on the net again thanks Kat T

  8. Princess in Boots at Jul 15, 2014 03:55:13

    Hi there,

    Really pretty curtains! I’ve been searching all over the net for how to do the following, with no luck. I have grommeted (ugly, black) drapes that I’d like to sew some fabric on one side of. What’s the best way of going around the grommets, short of taking them off and putting in new ones?

    I’m a total newbie to any kind of do-it-your-self stuff, so my plan was to just take it to a tailor :(


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