Making Grommet Curtains

If you need new long drapes for your living room and want the trendy curtains with the grommets at the top, this is a very thrifty way of doing it. This photo only shows one of the panels. I bought two drop cloths for $10 each, using one for each panel.

They measure 6 feet by 9 feet. They are a nice heavy canvas type fabric and are hemmed, but I would measure them anyway because sometimes they are irregular. I made mine 84 inches in length and they are 69 inches wide after hemming the side. You could leave the sides as they come out of the package, but I chose to put a hem in mine.

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If you don't sew, you can use fabric glue or you can use the iron on tape for your hems. The grommets I bought at Walmart and they were $7.00 for each package and you need 1 package for each panel. They are easy to insert and the instructions to do them are clear. They come with a template and you draw around it to know how large to cut the circle for the grommet. You just have to space them evenly at the top.

I made these for my daughter so she would have a panel on either side of her sliding doors. She is using bamboo shades if she wants privacy at night. One suggestion if you want a shade a little deeper, Home Depot has the drop cloths too, but they are a darker beige, actually very pretty, but cost more. I made these for a total of $34 and they are much nicer and larger than if I would have bought them.

Approximate Time: 5 hours.

Supplies:

  • 2 canvas drop cloths
  • 2 packages grommets from Walmart
  • thread if sewing
  • glue or iron tape if not sewing
  • tape measure
  • washable marker

Instructions:

Lay out your canvas drop cloth. Decide if you want to hem the sides and do that first if you do. Do not make a very deep side hem so that you can easily attach the grommets.

Then turn the top header down 4 inches as instructed on the directions. Decide how far down you want to put the grommets in from the top of the header. I put mine in about 3/4 of an inch from the top of the grommet. Insert grommets per instructions.

Then measure down from the top of the hole to the length you want your curtain to be. Allow at least 3 inches and make a double hem. If you can make the hem deeper, I would do that. So in other words, if you need an 84 inch curtain, add at least 3 inches to the length and make a 1-1/2 inch double hem, but more desirable would be to add 6 inches so that you have a 3 inch double hem.

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Sew, glue, or use hemming tape and you are done! The hardest part is the measuring, but after that it is a breeze!

By Elaine from Belle Plaine, IA

March 10, 20110 found this helpful

Very, very nice. Thank you for sharing this project. I saw Martha Stewart do something similar using sheets to make a shower curtin with grommets. I really like these. And the fact that you added "no sewing" instructions was very appreciated because I don't sew.

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March 11, 20110 found this helpful

Chef4u, thanks. Although these grommets snap together, it takes a bit of time to do it. They have to be positioned just right.

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