DIY Curtains: with Grommets

As some of you may know, balancing that budget when it comes to decorating is tough. Especially when you want something specific, like, I don’t know… rustic-vintage-style curtains 96″ long. After many failed internet searches, I decided my best option was to make my own.

Choosing to make your own curtains can really help you to stay right on track with your budget needs, as well as fulfill your decorating must-haves! Being able to select any kind of fabric, in any color, at any length you need certainly cuts out a lot of the headache searching for an already-made item.

I was able to find a wonderful selection at Fabric.com, and even found an online coupon for a discount! Can’t beat that! The grommets were found at Hobby Lobby, but you could more than likely find them online or at any sewing or craft store.

curtains

These curtains were whipped up pretty fast (give or take a few coffee breaks), and they were very easy to make. You do not have to be a seamstress to make curtains like these!

Since the fabric was already the width I needed, I only had to worry about the length.

*Tip: When having your fabric cut, you need to keep in mind what you will need for hems. For example, if your measurement from curtain rod to floor is 84″, you need to add at least 6″ for your top and bottom hem. And, I always add a little extra just in case.

Even though I chose a poly burlap (which is much softer and much more elegant looking than traditional burlap), the side edges were finished in a way that I did not have to worry about fray. I simply folded in my edge approx 1″, and stitched!

no fray edge

side hem

After pinning my hem in place, I used a straight stitch.

The top and bottom edges, however, were a disaster waiting to happen, so I remedied the fray with a zig-zag stitch before I even worried about the hem.

zig zag stitch

I kept the zig zag stitch as close to the edge as possible, and kept in mind that this raw edge would be hidden when the hem is finished.

I followed the instructions on the package of grommets to determine what my top hem needed to be. Once the top hem was sewn, I then started installing the grommets…

These plastic grommets are available in multiple color options.

These plastic grommets are available in multiple color options and sizes. The larger the grommet, the larger the hem you will need, so please read your instructions and follow them to ensure your hem is correct.

Pin and stitch the top hem in place.

Pin and stitch the top hem in place.

 

Evenly space the grommets in your top hem. I found it easier to mark their placements with pins, and then trace inside the grommet.

Evenly space the grommets in your top hem. I found it easier to mark their placements with pins, and then trace inside the grommet.

 

Mark all of your grommets before cutting them out.

Mark all of your grommets before cutting them out.

 

Cut the holes for the grommets, then snap them into place!

Cut the holes for the grommets, then snap them into place!

 

Finish attaching the grommets on each panel.

Finish attaching the grommets on each panel.

Now that the grommets are in place, I can give it a test! I think it’s always good to hang them up before you finish the bottom hem.

crop

I had enough fabric left over at the bottom of my curtain to allow for a 6″ hem, which looks perfect for full length drapery.

bottom hem

The bottom hem is sewn in place with a straight stitch.

And, just like that! I absolutely love our new living room curtains. The poly burlap is light and airy, has a vintage-inspired feel, and the grommets help to add the rustic style that my sweetheart likes so much.

finished living room
If you have any questions or suggestions, I would love to hear from you! Please stay tuned for more DIY posts about recreating the vintage lifestyle in your home!

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2 Responses to “DIY Curtains: with Grommets

  • Those look great! I’ve always loved the look of grommets in home decor and clothing, but thought they were difficult to install. Now I’m inspired to whip up some curtains of my own. Thanks for this post 🙂

  • perfectlypinnedup
    2 years ago

    Thank you so much! I was a little nervous at first to try them myself, but they could not be easier! I’d love to see what you come up with! 🙂

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