Adding grommets to your sewing can be a simple way to add style to a project. They can also add function (to hold a strap for a bag, for example) while doing it in a unique way. There are two types of grommets: metal grommets (my favorite) and there are also so snap-on plastic ones. My experience with the plastic grommets isn’t quite as positive. Although they are easy to install and you need no tools – just cut your hole and a simple snap together and it’s on, I’ve found it can easily snap apart or the fabric slips out from between the two pieces or maybe that’s just me. Needless to say, the metal grommets add a certain style the plastic ones cannot.
Adding metal grommets is quite simple. Purchasing a kit to start is the best because it will contain two tools you’ll need. In your grommet kit you’ll get an anvil and a setter(your tools) and also several washers and eyelets. You’ll also need to grab your hammer.
Lay the eyelet piece down where you want your grommet to be and trace a circle inside it to mark where to cut.
Cut out the marked circle on the line you have drawn. A really sharp pair of scissors helps here.
Next place the anvil on your concrete surface with the eyelet on top so the eyelet sits in the groves of the anvil and will stay in place. Make sure you do this on a concrete floor or outside on your driveway – it can damage your table or other soft surface. I do mine on a small section of concrete flooring in our basement (simply because eight months out of the year there’s snow outside).
Place your fabric (right side down) on top of the eyelet letting the eyelet push through the hole. The hole should be just large enough for this.
Place the washer on (prong side down).
Place the setter inside the eyelet and hammer to secure the grommet. It may take several hits with the hammer – it just depends on how aggressive you are.
Remove the setter from the attached grommet. Sometimes it can get a little stuck, but a gentle push from the front side will help it come out.
And there you go! A perfectly set metal grommet to add style to your sewing project.
Details: The project featured in the photos is Connor’s Messenger Bag.