Curtains With Grommets

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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

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.

Curtains With Grommets

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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

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.

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

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

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!

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Dottie February 22nd, 2016 Excellent tutorial with step by step instructions, but as can be seen with the finished curtain, the panel is not full enough. A grommet style panel should be fuller with soft folds, otherwise it just hangs there. Store bought curtains and drapes typically look cheap because they lack the fullness of custom made. The rule of thumb has always been – finished panels should be 3 times the width of the window (or 2.5 times at the minimum) – depending on the style of the curtain and the desired fullness. Custom grommet panels should never be less than 2 times the window width (and again, preferably 2.5 times). You can buy 30” wide panels just about anywhere. If you’re going to invest the time and money to make your own custom panels, go the extra yard and make them wider.☺ 3rd generation sewing home fashion (custom drapes, bedding, upholstery). 60yrs personal experience. Reply

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