Sewing aficionado Melissa Lasseter teaches beginners how to install grommets in easy sewing projects like this fun and adorable baby bib!
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 faded house dress look like the latest trend on the pages of Elle. Accessories! Once you learn how to use your sewing machine, the next step is delving into the wonderful world of fun little trims and add-ons. This trick is super quick and simple, and adds a store-bought quality to any homemade piece or garment.
What’s a grommet?
Grommets come in all different shapes, sizes, and materials. They are basically just rings that are inserted into fabric to allow for something to pass through it without tearing or causing stress to the fabric. The most common grommets you probably see daily are the holes in your shoes that you tie your shoelace through, also known as eyelets.
Similar to snaps, each grommet comes in two pieces, which fit together on either side of the fabric and are secured in place with a tool that should be included in the package. They are sold in large and small sets, online and at craft or hardware stores, and are totally affordable. A hammer, scissors, and pen will also be necessary.
5 simple steps for installing a grommet
- Using a pen, mark the spot where the grommet will go by tracing inside the grommet onto the fabric.
- Cut a hole with the scissors where the mark was made.
- Place half of the grommet through the hole.
- Holding that piece in place, flip the fabric and place the other half of the grommet onto the first.
- Using the included tool on either side of the grommet, hammer the two halves together.
Keep in mind: using the hammer will cause marks or dents to be made in the surface on which you are working, so do not do this on your grandmother’s antique sewing table, or the hood of your uncle’s Lamborghini, for example.
Great news- when you’ve got this technique down, you can also do snaps because the method is precisely the same! Grommets are great for corsets, belts, curtains, banners and a ton of other projects. Fun fact: grommets are called cringles in the sailing world.
What projects can you jazz up with these beginner-friendly accessories? Let us know in the comments section.