Grommet Curtain Panel

Grommet Curtain Panel

Crafting Time:
  • Varies
Skill Level:
  • Intermediate
Project Courtesy of: Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
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Additional Information



  • Curtain fabric
  • Matching thread
  • Curtain grommets, large or medium
  • Ruler
  • Dritz Home Drapery Hem Gauge, optional
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
  • Marking pencil


  1. To determine curtain size use table below:
      • a) Measure from the top of the curtain rod to where you want the curtain to end.
      • b) To this measurement add 1.”for the heading above the grommet. This number is the finished curtain length.
      • c) To the finished length, add the top hem allowance. For heavyweight fabrics, plan a single hem–about 4”for large grommet or 3”for medium grommet–and add .”. The .”is to be turned under or trimmed off with a serger. For lightweight fabrics, double the hem amount to create a double hem.
      • d) To the above amount, add desired bottom hem allowance–for a typical 4”double hem, add 8”. This total is the cut length of the curtain.
      • e) Determine the width of your curtain and add appropriate side hem allowances.

      Chart 1
    • Sew bottom and top hems. Sew side hems. Optional: Use a Drapery Hem Gauge to press hems before stitching.
    • Plan grommet position. Always use an even number of grommets per curtain. One curtain panel made of 54”wide fabric uses 8 grommets. To determine the distance between grommets, divide the finished curtain width by the number of grommets desired. Divide this distance by 2 to determine the distance from edge of fabric to center of each end grom.met. Space the remaining grommets as determined.

    • Chart 2
    • Using a ruler, mark the center position of each grommet on the back of the curtain. For large grommets, the center position should be 2” from the top of the curtain. For medium grommets, the center position should be 2” from the top of the curtain.
    • Position the center mark of the enclosed template over marked centers and trace along slots.

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    • Cut out hole.

    • TIP: Cut out and attach grommet to only one position at a time.
    • Place raised center of front grommet through the hole from the right side of the curtain.
    • On the wrong side of the curtain position the prong side of the back grommet centered over the raised front grommet. Press down to secure. TIP: You may wish to use the palm of your hand for most even pres.sure.

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    Dritz Home Curtain Grommets are available in 2 sizes:
  • Large grommets will fit rods up to 13/8” diameter.
  • Medium grommets will fit rods up to 13/16” diameter.

  • You can easily adapt your curtain panels to use Dritz Home Curtain Grommets.
  • Before beginning, test the curtain grommet with a scrap of fabric you plan to use for your curtains. Fold scrap to the size and thickness of your top hem to determine if fabric and hem depth is appropriate. Hem depth should be somewhere between 1. - 2 times the outer diameter of the grommet.
  • Curtain grommets are machine washable. Do not iron, tumble dry or dry clean.
  • Grommets can be removed by inserting a flat screwdriver tip into the slot on the side and gently lifting upwards.
  • Grommet section with raised center is the front. Grommet section with prongs is the back.
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