Curtains With Grommets

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Curtains With Grommets

The best spot to place a seam for grommet curtains is 1/2″ from the outer edge of a grommet. (There needs to be an even number of grommets on each curtain panel in order for it to hang properly with the side edges pointing toward your window.) I try to plan my curtain measurements so that the seam falls between an even numbered grommet and the next one in line. For example, if there were 8 grommets required for the total width of the curtain panel, the seam could be placed between the fourth and fifth grommets (counting from left to right), 1/2″ away from one or the other. Since grommet curtains hang in evenly spaced folds, the space between the fourth and fifth grommets would fold inward toward the window, making the seam less noticeable. If you put the seam right after an “odd numbered” grommet, it would fall on the outward fold of the curtain, making it more visible. This is one of those situations where a picture is worth a thousand words, so you might want to try drawing it out on paper before cutting it out of fabric.
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Curtains With Grommets

Norma Cook September 24th, 2016 The best spot to place a seam for grommet curtains is 1/2″ from the outer edge of a grommet. (There needs to be an even number of grommets on each curtain panel in order for it to hang properly with the side edges pointing toward your window.) I try to plan my curtain measurements so that the seam falls between an even numbered grommet and the next one in line. For example, if there were 8 grommets required for the total width of the curtain panel, the seam could be placed between the fourth and fifth grommets (counting from left to right), 1/2″ away from one or the other. Since grommet curtains hang in evenly spaced folds, the space between the fourth and fifth grommets would fold inward toward the window, making the seam less noticeable. If you put the seam right after an “odd numbered” grommet, it would fall on the outward fold of the curtain, making it more visible. This is one of those situations where a picture is worth a thousand words, so you might want to try drawing it out on paper before cutting it out of fabric. Reply
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Curtains With Grommets

Norma Cook September 24th, 2016 At the home decor store where I sew custom draperies, we plan for 4″ of fabric showing between the finished grommets. If you think about how a grommet curtain is supposed to hang, with folds that alternate outward and inward, the greater your spacing is, the greater will be the depth of the folds. Too much space between grommets would result in a very “thick” curtain and could make the heading look droopy. We also use 4″ wide fusible interfacing in the heading of the grommet curtains, whether they’re lined or not, so the layers of fabric stay in place when cutting the holes for the grommets. Reply Chris January 25th, 2017 You recommend interfacing for the header. Is buckram too thick? Will the grommets pierce through? I’ve never worked with it, so I don’t really know the thickness/stiffness of it. Thanks. Reply
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Curtains With Grommets

At the home decor store where I sew custom draperies, we plan for 4″ of fabric showing between the finished grommets. If you think about how a grommet curtain is supposed to hang, with folds that alternate outward and inward, the greater your spacing is, the greater will be the depth of the folds. Too much space between grommets would result in a very “thick” curtain and could make the heading look droopy. We also use 4″ wide fusible interfacing in the heading of the grommet curtains, whether they’re lined or not, so the layers of fabric stay in place when cutting the holes for the grommets.
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Curtains With Grommets

Buy a kit of grommets to install in your curtains. I used the above grommets from Dritz. I found these to be incredibly easy to work with, and though they aren’t metal, they looked lovely from the distance above my windows!

Curtains With Grommets

Kelly Parrish-Calmeyn December 23rd, 2014 What kind of fabric do you recommend? Reply Terry July 8th, 2015 I just saw your post and that your question went unanswered by the author. I personally can tell you that you could use just about any type of fabric you felt comfortable sewing for these. However, if you’re using a light to medium weight type of material, you may want to use some fusible or sew-in interfacing in the top to stiffen it and make it hang properly between the grommets. There’s also many choices of drapery tape, usually 2-4″ width, that is offered in most sewing or craft stores that can also help the top to keep its shape. Good luck and sorry I didn’t see this article sooner to help you out. Reply Christine Dickman February 21st, 2017 BUT, if your fabric is medium to heavy, there is a good possibility that the 3 layers of fabric, liner, and stiffener (buckram) will be too much for the grommets to manage. If the fabric is light to a light medium, a nice light buckram would definitely add some desired stability. Reply
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Curtains With Grommets

Terry July 8th, 2015 I just saw your post and that your question went unanswered by the author. I personally can tell you that you could use just about any type of fabric you felt comfortable sewing for these. However, if you’re using a light to medium weight type of material, you may want to use some fusible or sew-in interfacing in the top to stiffen it and make it hang properly between the grommets. There’s also many choices of drapery tape, usually 2-4″ width, that is offered in most sewing or craft stores that can also help the top to keep its shape. Good luck and sorry I didn’t see this article sooner to help you out. Reply Christine Dickman February 21st, 2017 BUT, if your fabric is medium to heavy, there is a good possibility that the 3 layers of fabric, liner, and stiffener (buckram) will be too much for the grommets to manage. If the fabric is light to a light medium, a nice light buckram would definitely add some desired stability. Reply
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Lastly, pop on the grommets on top of each of the holes, then hang your new grommet top curtains. To hem your freshly made curtains, use my curtain hemming tutorial to make it quick and easy.
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Sewing curtains isn’t difficult, but there is some math involved, which I will walk you through below. Also, other than the fabric, the main thing to decide is how you want to treat the top. There are many ways to hang them, from incredibly easy to incredibly fancy. In this tutorial, I will show you how to make your curtains with grommets, which not only look fancy, but just happen to be incredibly easy! A win-win indeed!
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The thought of making grommet top curtains kinda scared me a little at first. I’ve made (or altered) all of the curtains in my house – yet the idea of making these was somewhat daunting. But, I like a good challenge, so when I decided to make some curtains for my kitchen, I wanted to try something new. Ya know what? Grommet top curtains weren’t nearly as complicated as I thought they’d be!
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I love the curtains you made! I am about to make some for my house, but I have the same question as Lorena. I purchased fabric, and grommet tape, but your instructions do not show how to use the grommet tape. What are the little plastic tabs? What happens to them? How do you get the fabric in between the grommets? Thanks in advance for your reply!
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I just saw your post and that your question went unanswered by the author. I personally can tell you that you could use just about any type of fabric you felt comfortable sewing for these. However, if you’re using a light to medium weight type of material, you may want to use some fusible or sew-in interfacing in the top to stiffen it and make it hang properly between the grommets. There’s also many choices of drapery tape, usually 2-4″ width, that is offered in most sewing or craft stores that can also help the top to keep its shape. Good luck and sorry I didn’t see this article sooner to help you out.
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BUT, if your fabric is medium to heavy, there is a good possibility that the 3 layers of fabric, liner, and stiffener (buckram) will be too much for the grommets to manage. If the fabric is light to a light medium, a nice light buckram would definitely add some desired stability.
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Add crisp style to decor with the Nautica Cabana Stripe Window Curtain Panel Pair. Bold, east-west stripes on cotton finish windows with casual elegance, while also blocking light for darkening the room. Brushed nickel grommets accent the top for hanging.

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