Making Curtains With Grommets

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March 3, 2011

Make Curtains With GrommetIf 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.

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.



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.


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

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April 2, 2006

Does anyone have instructions on making curtains with big grommets? Specifically the proper way to put in the grommets.

Nicky from Canada


By Alex (Guest Post)
April 4, 20060 found this helpful

I am getting ready to make my own shower curtain (couldn't find the length or width that I have) and finally found the right grommet at the local fabric/sewing store. I already had the tool but they sold that there also.

By Pat (Guest Post)
April 5, 20060 found this helpful

Sorry, I don't know about making them but when my daughter moved into a friends house temporarily, she needed curtains that would keep out the sun. While shopping, I found some suede-like shower curtains and some decorative hooks ( not the ring kind but they just hook over the rod) She bought these and was very happy with them as long as she was there.

By Donna (Guest Post)
January 12, 20090 found this helpful

Buy a Grommet Kit. It comes with instructions.

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April 14, 2005

I am making some window coverings that have grommets. Can anyone give me good directions about how to apply them? The directions provided with the kit weren't very good and I didn't find anything better on the Internet.



By Judy (Guest Post)
July 19, 20050 found this helpful

Question for Tori. Where the heck did you find the extra large grommet kit? i've searched the net for DAYS!


Got to find it first to know if I'm going to have trouble. Thanks for your help.

August 17, 20160 found this helpful


May 5, 20210 found this helpful

They are also sold at Joanns

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July 9, 2016

Is a light weight material such as polyester OK to use to make grommet curtains?


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March 17, 20170 found this helpful

Why do you want curtains? If for the look, you can use anything. If for privacy, choose something that can't be seen through, if for warmth, something thick, if for darkening, use a sunblock material.


Basically as long as the fabric will do what you need it to do, you can use anything.


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March 17, 20170 found this helpful

You may use any material you wish. However, if you are using lightweight or medium weight fabric it is advised to put interfacing on the top where the grommets are to stiffen the material and make the material between the grommets hang properly.

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December 2, 2008

I am using large grommets in the top of my curtains. I need to know how far in should my first one be? The rest will be 8 inches apart.

Carrie L. from Eugene, OR


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December 3, 20080 found this helpful

Commercially made curtains tend to have the first grommet close to the end, not more than a couple of inches in from the edge. That's what I'd recommend for yours.

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April 17, 2012

Can l remove and reuse plastic grommets from one curtain to another curtain?

By Denise

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