Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Using Grommet Math to Add Grommets to your Cutains!
Nothing sounds more nerve racking than spending so much time sewing curtains only to cut huge holes in them for Grommets!! But I love the look of Grommets and I think they are easier to open and close especially if you have a bulkier fabric and they lay a bit better on the rods.
After spending hours and hours sewing curtains for my son's room that I lined with black out fabric, I was then tasked with cutting holes in my beautiful curtains for the grommets!
Adding grommets to your curtains are very easy. Besides grommets you really only need a scissors, pencil, ruler and a calculator.
Grommet Math 101
I personally think one of the hardest parts to adding grommets to curtains is figuring out the math! (And I love math!!!)
The first step is to measure the width of your curtain and determine how many grommets you want to use. My packet came with 8 grommets, but since my curtains were only 50.25 inches wide I decided to make my life easier and only use 6 of them.
Time for some grommet math!!!!
1. Measure the width of your curtain and determine the number of grommets you will be using.
2. Determine how far from the edge you want your first and last grommet to be. I ended up putting mine 2.5 inches from the end (from the center) This number is up to you and you can sort of play around with it and the next steps to make your middle spacing work out for you! You probably don't want to go any closer than 2 inches (from the center of the grommet) to about half of your spacing for your below spacing, so they hang correctly. In my case my spacing was a little over 9 inches, so I would not want my grommets to be more than 4.5 inches from the edge so it folds nicely)
3. Next subtract the end amount from your total curtain width. (5 in my case)
4. Now take this number and divide it by the number of grommets you are using minus 1. (Because you want the inches between each grommet)
5. This is how far apart your grommets should be.
A helpful way to figure out even spacing number for your grommets is to divide your total curtain length by your grommets minus 1. In my case I get 10.05. This gives you an idea on how far apart they will need to be so you can play around with your numbers to get something that works out well and makes measuring easy!
Once you have the math figured out, it's best to layout your grommets and make sure the math will REALLY work!!
Once you have the math figured out, it's time to measure!
Packages of grommets should come with directions and a circle template. In my case I had to cut out the circle and mark the center myself on my template.
My grommets I bought over a year ago on clearance and have since used a newer package and it came with a better template!! Marking the center makes it easier to line up your template!
The you simply line up the center of the template to your measurement and draw your circle on the fabric.
Next is the difficult part.... cutting your beautiful fabric.... it's so difficult to make that first cut!!!! Emotionally that is! It's better to make the hole small and if you need to you can always remove more.... you can't add back more fabric.....
The hole..... it won't look pretty at this point, especially since my curtains had about 6 layers at the top with the liner!!
Place the grommet in according to the directions of the package, but they should just snap together... SO EASY!!!
And you are done!!!!
finished hanging curtains!