How to Make Grommet Drapes

Drapes made with grommets have a contemporary look and are easy to open and close.
Attach grommets to the top of your drapes to thread the rod on.Attach grommets to the top of your drapes to thread the rod on.
Grommets are metal rings that surround a hole and reinforce the fabric. They can be attached by hand, or with a special tool kit that's available at most hardware and craft stores. Follow these steps to make grommet drapes with ease.

Step 1

Measure your drapes. The fabric width should be about twice the width of the window. Add a total of 10 to 12 inches to the length for hems at top and bottom.

Step 2

Lay the top of the fabric flat on your ironing board or a protected countertop.

Step 3

Cut a piece of drapery header tape the length of the upper edge. Line it up with the top of the fabric, fold it and iron. Fold the fabric with the header tape inside once more and iron. Sew along the bottom edge.

Step 4

Create hems for the drapery the same way, but don't use the header tape. If the sides of the fabric need to be finished, sew narrow seams.

Step 5

Lay the top of the fabric flat again, and space an even number of grommets along the top.

Step 6

Trace the inner circle of each grommet, then cut out the circle of fabric. If you're using a grommet tool, use it to define the circle. Some tool kits come with a hole cutter.

Step 7

Place one half of the grommet on top of the circle and another on the bottom. The side of the grommet that sticks out should be on the front of the fabric. Either snap them together or use a grommet tool. Make sure each grommet faces in the same direction.

Step 8

Repeat with the other drape. Slide a drapery rod through the grommets and hang the drapes.

Things You Will Need

  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Grommets
  • Rubber mallet
  • Grommet tool kit

Tips

  • If you don't care to sew, use iron-on seam tape. The hems won't be as strong as sewn hems, but it will do on curtains that don't get a lot of wear and tear.
  • If the grommets are hard to attach, use a rubber mallet to gently tap them into place.
  • Buy grommets that are about 1/2 inch larger in diameter than the drapery rod.

Warnings

  • Make sure all the seams and the grommets are the same on both drapes.
  • Put a wood block under the grommet when attaching it so you don't damage the surface of your workspace.

About the Author

Meg Jernigan has been writing for more than 30 years. She specializes in travel, cooking and interior decorating. Her offline credits include copy editing full-length books and creating marketing copy for nonprofit organizations. Jernigan attended George Washington University, majoring in speech and drama.