I love the new tote patterns that use grommets – and everyone says they are so easy. But if you are my age, inserting grommets meant buying special plyers or banging away with a hammer until you either ruined the project or beat it into submission!
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Not any more! Dritz has made working with grommets quick and easy and FUN!!! I set aside a block of time to prepare a demo for this product for the Great Lakes Show next month. An hour later I was done! And that included hemming the fabric, etc. to make a mock shower curtain. Unbelievable.
And it is failsafe – since you mark where the grommets are placed before you cut the fabric. A template comes in the package.
Mark through the slots in the template. These are the cutting lines. Fold the fabric in half and clip the “X” to create an opening so you can use scissors to cut the circle.
Cut out the circle.
The grommets are in two different pieces. One has circular grooves and one has prongs.
Place the circular grooves under the fabric on a flat surface.
And snap on the pronged side.
Each set has an opening so they can be popped on and off at will. If you don’t want to wash your project with the grommets in place, simply insert a screw driver – or in my case, a pair of scissors – in the opening and pop them apart. It really is that easy!
I am a believer – and can’t wait to incorporate these into my next project.
Why not make a sample of one of the great totebags that are in the top twenty and add the grommets in a demo day? The grommets come in a variety of colors and sizes. Or, you may want to show them how easy it is to make a shower curtain!
A standard shower curtain finishes to 72″ x 72″. It is sewn out of two – 2 1/3 yard pieces if you are NOT matching a pattern. If the pattern needs to be matched, adjust yardage requirements accordingly. Remove the selvages and stitch these two lengths together along the 84″ length. Press the seam open. If you have a serger, serge this seam. If you don’t cut it with pinking shears to stop fraying when washed.
Sew a two inch double hem on each side. (That just means that you turn over 2″ of fabric and press. Then you turn over 2″ again and press again. Straight stitch with a matching thread along the hem fold. Turn a four inch double hem on the top edge. Center and sew 12 grommets along this top edge. How easy is that!
Put the curtain on your rod before hemming the bottom edge. a 2″ double hem should work but it may need to be adjusted accordingly. You have a custom made shower curtain and have given your whole bathroom a face lift for less than $50! What a great way to use stripes and plaids!