Sewing enthusiast Melissa Lasseter teaches beginners how to install grommets in easy sewing projects like this fun and adorable bib!
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What makes a home sewing project look professionally finished? I’ll give you a hint. It’s the same thing that makes your hand-me-down house dressing look like the latest trend in the pages of She. Accessories!
Once you’ve learned how to use your sewing machine, your next step is to delve into the wonderful world of fun little trims and add-ons. Luckily, this trick is super quick and simple. Plus, it adds a store-bought quality to any home-made piece or garment.
What is a grommet?
Grommets come in all different shapes, sizes and materials. They are basically just rings that are inserted into the fabric to allow something to pass through it without tearing or causing stress to the fabric.
The most common grommets you probably see every day are the holes in your shoes where you tie your shoelaces, also known as eyelets.
Similar to snaps, each grommet comes in two pieces. They are placed together on each side of the fabric. They are secured in place with a tool that should be included in the package.
Craft and hardware stores sell them in large and small sets, and they are totally affordable. You need a hammer, scissors and pen.
5 easy steps to install a grommet
- Using a pen, mark the place where the grommet will go by tracing the inside of the grommet on the fabric.
- Then, cut a hole with the scissors where the mark was made.
- Next, put half of the grommet through the hole.
- Holding that piece in place, flip the fabric over and place the other half of the grommet over the first.
- Using the included tool on either side of the grommet, hammer the two halves together.
Keep in mind, using the hammer will leave marks or dents in the surface you are working on. So don’t do this on your grandmother’s old sewing table, or your uncle’s Lamborghini hood.
Now that you have this technique, you can also make snaps because the method is exactly the same!
Grommets are great for corsets, belts, curtains, banners and a ton of other projects. Fun fact: grommets are called pretzels in the world of sailing.
What projects can you jazz up with these beginner accessories? Let us know in the comments section.