How to Add Grommets to Curtain Panels

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Are you thinking of making your own DIY curtain panels? Yay! They are so easy and you won’t feel guilty if you want to swap them out throughout the years / seasons. By DIY-ing you’re saving tons of money and making items that are perfect for your home. When you design your curtains, don’t forget about grommets. Grommets can change the appearance of curtain panels dramatically and they are so easy to do! 

Adding grommets to curtain panels is easy and can be completed in less than 10 minutes! Check out the tutorial!

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When you figuring out how much fabric you’ll need for your curtains, give yourself enough ‘head space’ for a 4″ hem across the top. The 4″ hem across the top of the curtain panel allows for the grommets to hang properly.

Then, account for the amount of fabric that actually hangs above your curtain rod. Add that number to your final finished length.

You can find grommets in several home decor stores and online. These were the ones used for the burlap. It has been more than 2 years and they are still holding up well!

Since they only require an inexpensive grommet pack, scissors and pencil, you can do them very easily. Using the guide provided, lightly trace the stencil on the fabric. Spacing of the grommet varies on the count of grommets needed.

Stay with an even number. If I have a bolt width of fabric, I use the full 8 pack, if I cut the panel in half, I only use 4 of them.

Looking at the stencil, cut the fabric out of the circles. Try to get as close as possible to the stencil outline. Now its time to pop in the grommets! Press one side of the grommet into the other, sandwiching the fabric in between. Repeat for each grommet.

Burlap Valance

In less than 15 minutes, you can have a panel with cute grommets!  They are super easy to install and look like something you may have ordered custom. Big bonus for just a few dollars!

Are you a grommet fan? I prefer them in areas where the top of the panel is easily visible.

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  1. This guide seems like a helpful option for adding grommets to a curtain. These instructions seem simple enough that I should be able to add the grommets quickly. I like that you included pictures of the finished project, this will give me a good idea of what to expect once the curtains are finished.

    1. Hi Barb! We’ve had these curtains for about 3 years and there haven’t been any unraveling. I did fold the bottom twice with a large hem. Thank you for stopping by! –Brittany

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