Grommet Embellished Decor

Grommet Embellished Decor

Crafting Time:
  • 1-2 Hours
Skill Level:
  • Intermediate
Project Courtesy of: Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores
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Additional Information

  • 2 pkgs curtain grommets: 19/16" inside diameter
  • 45"-wide fabric: see Steps 1-4 below to determine amount
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Marking pencil
  • Iron, pressing surface
  • Sewing machine
  • Basic sewing supplies

DIRECTIONS: WS = Wrong side(s)

1. Finished Length: This single-tier cafe curtain looks best when it hangs from a rod that leaves about 1/3 to 1/2 of the window exposed. Install the rod before completing the curtain. The curtain should touch the sill or hang to the bottom of the apron. It is constructed of two separate identical panels, hung side by side. To determine the finished curtain length, measure from the top of the rod to the desired length.

2. Finished Width: Each panel is 39" wide when finished. Two panels will fit a window that is 35" to 48" wide.

3. Cut Width and Length: The cut width of each panel is 43". Cut length is the finished length determined in Step 1 for hems, plus 81⁄2" .

4. To determine the amount of fabric to purchase for 1 set of cafe curtains, multiply the cut length by 2. Divide this number by 36" to determine yardage of fabric.

1. Place fabric on a flat work surface. Trim off selvage edges evenly, so cut width is 39". Cut 2 pieces of fabric to 39" wide by the length determined in Step 3.

2. Bottom Hem: To create a double 2" hem at the bottom of the curtains, fold over the bottom edge of one fabric panel & press 4" toward wrong side. Tuck raw edge to meet the fold. Pin and press. Machine or hand stitch to finish hem. 3. Side Hems: To create a double 1" hem at each side, fold over and press 2" toward the wrong side at one side edge of one panel. Tuck in the raw edge to meet the fold. Pin and press. Machine or hand stitch to finish hem. Repeat this for the opposite side edge of the panel.

4. Top Hem: Press top edge of 1 curtain panel under 41⁄2" toward the wrong side. Fold the raw edge under again 1/2" toward the wrong side. Pin and press. Machine or hand stitch the hem from side to side. Repeat with remaining panel.

1. Grommets will be placed within the top hemmed area. There are 6 grommets per panel. Mark positions with straight pin. Place a straight pin 11⁄2" in from each end and 2" down from the top edge. Place 4 pins evenly spaced 73⁄16" apart and 2" down from the top edge.

2. Following package instructions and using the template provided, mark a circle at each pinned location. Use a sharp scissors to cut out the marked circle. Apply one grommet at each hole, following package instructions.

3. Repeat for the second panel.

4. Slide the curtain panels onto the rod by placing the rod over the ends of the curtain, then under and over each section
until the rod extends back out the opposite end.

Suplies & Tools:
  • 1 pkg curtain grommets: 1" diameter
  • 3/8 yd solid color fabric
  • 3/8 yd contrasting printed fabric
  • 1 yd cotton filler cord: 1/4" diameter
  • 12"x16" pillow form
  • Sewing machine: zipper foot attachment
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Scissors
  • Iron, pressing surface
  • Point turner
  • Grid-marked ruler

DIRECTIONS: RS = Right side(s)
Back of cover: 16"x12" pieces of solid color fabric

Side front panels of cover: Two 16"x5" pieces of matching fabric

Center front panels of cover: 16"x5" piece of matching fabric

Center front backing: 16"x5" piece of contrasting fabric

Piping: Two 2"x17" bias strips: Fold fabric diagonally & align horizontal grain line with selvage edge. Cut along the diagonal fold. Measure 2" from diagonally cut edge; mark a parallel line. Cut on line.

1. Mark the center front panel for the grommets.

2. Place a straight pin 2" from each 5" edge, centered across the width. Center & place 3 pins, 3" apart across the width of the panel.

3. Use the grommet template to draw a circle centered over each of the 5 marks. Remove pins. Cut out circles.

4. Apply 1 grommet to each hole, following package instructions.

1. Place filler cord in the center of 1 strip of bias fabric. (FIG. 1) Fold fabric around the cord, aligning the raw edges with 1/2" seam allowance. Adjust zipper foot so the needle comes down on the left side. Stitch through the fabric layers, close to the cord as possible, adjusting zipper foot as needed. Use remaining bias fabric strip & cord to make a 2nd piece of piping. Trim edges 1/2" from cut edge to the stitched line.

2. Lay a piece of piping along a 16" edge of center front panel. (FIG. 3) Align piping edge with fabric edge. Ease piping while pinning. Buckle piping slightly, with 31⁄8" of piping to 3" of pillow fabric. Use zipper foot to stitch piping to fabric on top of the piping stitching. Force eased piping flat while stitching. Use same technique to stitch remaining strip of piping to opposite 16" edge of center panel.

3. Place piped front center panel against contrasting center backing, RS up. (FIG. 3) Pin edges. Contrasting fabric will be visible under each grommet. Baste together 3/8" from edges.

4. Pin one side panel to one piped edge, RS together. (FIG. 4) Stitch together with the zipper foot on same line as previous rows. Stitch a 2nd time, if needed, so piping stitching is not visible from the right side. Press joined front pieces with seams pointing to outer edges.

1. Place joined front against back, RS together. Pin at the center of each side.

2. Stitch pillow together on all 4 sides, leaving 8" at the center of one long side unstitched to turn.

3. Trim seam allowance diagonally at each corner to remove excess fabric. Turn pillow cover right side out. Use point turner to gently push out each corner so it is neat and even. Press the edges. Insert the pillow form into the cover through the side opening. Pull each pillow corner into the corners of the cover. Plump it to fill evenly. Pin side closed. Hand stitch side opening.