This was the part I was realllllly dreading. I have seen them on my daily runs to Home Depot, but always knew, or thought, that it was hard and required tools that I didn’t have.
I had searched for days, literally, on how I was going to hang the panels from the rod, and saw these Curtain Grommets, quickly read the instructions, felt that they were light weight (plastic) and were around $6. I didn’t have a lot to lose.
After I painted the panels and they were close to being dry, I went to work. I had both sets of grommets installed in less than 30 minutes.
2 Packages of Grommets (eight sets of grommets come in a package, enough for one panel). Also, check the width of your curtain rod. My curtain rod is 1/2″, so I used 1 9/16″ grommets.
1 pair of sharp scissors like this pair.
1. Evenly spread your rings across the top part of the panel. The top of your panel needs to be at least 4″, mine are 6″.
I placed each ring 2″ down from the top of the panel, and 2 1/2″ from the outside (just where the seam ended, so I wouldn’t have to cut through extra fabric).
After finding where to place my outer two rings, I centered and measured the other rings.
2. A template comes in each package for you to trace. Slide the template under each ring, quickly measure again, then trace with a pencil.
3. Pinch the center of the circle up and snip it with sharp scissors. Make four small cuts, just to the pencil line, not going over.
4. Cut out each ‘pizza’ piece carefully. Do not make the hole larger than the pencil line, otherwise your grommets will slip through. Continue for all holes, cutting through both layers of fabric.
5. Fold back the top of the curtain, where you are looking at the back side. Take out two pieces that will make one grommet, one that is ‘Raised Center/Non-Pronged ‘and ‘Pronged’.
6. Using the ‘Raised Center/Non-Pronged’ ring, run it through the underside, so that its on the front of the panel (see above).
7. Using the ‘Pronged’ ring on the back side of the curtain, position it over the ‘Raised’ ring. Using your palm, apply pressure all the way around the ring, making sure the grommet ‘snaps’.
SO easy! So glad that I decided to try it, they hang great and so much better than what I had planned on doing.