When I made stenciled drop cloth curtains for our living room, I had a vision on how I wanted to hang them (as my hubby says, ‘here we go again…’). I originally hung the curtains with hidden curtain clips, like in the picture on the left below (sorry, only picture I could find of the curtains hung with the old clips!). I knew how I wanted the finished product to look, and I thought this would do the trick, and well, hung like this was not it! It was my first time using hidden clips like that, and the drop cloths were just too heavy and thick for them. I instead added grommets to each one. Adding grommets is soooo easy and makes a HUGE difference!!! In the end, the grommets cost about the same that the stenciled drop cloth curtains cost to make, BUT I love how they turned out!
Materials needed for adding grommets to curtains: (Amazon Affiliate links are provided in this post. I receive commission on the sale of the products, but this does not result in additional charges to you or cost you anything extra. The affiliate program does not sway my decision of what products to use and share, as I only feature items I would link to with or without an affiliate link. For more information, see my full disclosure here.)
- these curtain grommets in bronze (3 packs)
- fabric that you want to add the grommets to
- pen & scissors
The grommets come in packs of 8, and I used 6 per panel. It comes with a handy dandy template that makes them oh-so-easy to install! The way they work is they snap together on either side of the fabric. If you look at the picture below, you will see some of them have spikes on the inside while others have circles around the inside. You want one of each of these for each grommet. The ones on the right side below show the front of the grommets. I chose the bronze color to match our curtain rod.
- To keep them at an even height from the top of the curtain, I used the side of the template that comes with the grommets as a measure. I lined this up with the side of the fabric then traced the template lines.
- Next, I cut out the circle that I drew with the template.
- Place a grommet piece on either side of the fabric. Make sure that one is spiky on the inside and the other has circles so they will fit together. I’m sure there are technical terms for this, I just don’t know them. Haha!
- Line them up as close to the edges of the circle as you can get them.
- Using a hammer, gently tap on either side to make the grommets clip into each other. I hammered my fingers quite a bit during this project, so this is the method I found worked best to not hit your fingers…. Since the drop cloths were pretty thick, I definitely needed a hammer for this. For thinner fabric, you could just use your fingers to snap them together.
- And you have a grommet installed…. repeat…. again and again.
Now, you will notice there is still a foot section between the window and the curtain rod- it bugged the heck out of me. I knew I wanted to add something, and finally decided to add a faux shade. That’s a tutorial for another day 🙂
Thanks for reading!!