Do-It-Yourself Curtain Grommets

Adding your own grommets to purchased or handmade curtains is not complicated. A grommet-making kit, available at fabric stores, includes all tools needed for the task. Grommet curtains, paired with a decorative rod, deliver a contemporary window treatment. You can slide the curtain rod through the grommet holes or use curtain rings to attach the curtain to the rod. You can also use the grommet kit when making your own vinyl or fabric shower curtains for the bathroom.

Mark the grommet hole locations with a pencil on the curtain panel, using a ruler as a guide. Position the grommet holes between 6 and 10 inches apart and centred between the top of the curtain and the curtain's top hem edge. The first and last grommets are placed 3/4 inch from the curtain top panel corners.

Cut small x's at the pencil marks.

Insert the male end of one grommet in one hole on the right side of the curtain. Turn the curtain over and place the female end of the grommet over the male end.

Place the grommet tool over the female grommet end. Hit the end of the tool with a hammer to connect the male and female grommet sections.

Repeat for all grommet holes.

Things You'll Need

  • Ruler
  • Hammer
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Linda Shepard has been staff writer for "C & G Newspapers" for over 10 years, covering local government and crime and serving as the newspaper's food writer. She has written for "Michigan Meetings Magazine" and is also the owner of, an online business of self-guided walking tours.