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!
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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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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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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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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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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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Store-bought curtains are typically one of the most boring and overly generic home decor items on the market, so they can appeal to as many customers as possible. And even on the off chance you do like the curtains you find in the shops, the odds of them fitting your windows are slim.
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Figure out how much above the window frame you want the curtains to hang. Add that amount to measurement B. For a grommet curtain, we then need to add a 4″ hem, plus the fold at the hem. All these totaled will equal measurement B.
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Item # 5P720A soft, easy care fabric completely keeps the light out of your rooms when closed, providing privacy and reducing noise for more restful sleep day or night. You’ll notice they also keep your rooms cooler in the summer and warmer in winter. These curtains drape beautifully, with a slight sheen to the material. Please note: All window treatments have a finished hem.

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