Grommet spacing help needed

jomuirDecember 8, 2012

I picked up some faux suede for drapery panels in the LR & want to do grommets. The grommets I want to use are 1-1/8" ID, not sure of OD.

I'm doing a pair of 3 widths ea, after side hems & projection onto the wall, I have a face of 153" (roughly) per panel. Window is 115" wide molding to molding.

I plan to line them & have a layer of 4" buckram to support the grommets, but wasn't planning to use a grommet tape. Found a video on youtube where they recommend treating it as pleats as far as spacing goes, but I'm still lost. If I began with spaces of approx. 3" as I would for pinch pleats, I'm going to need quite a lot of grommets. I wonder if anyone has done much grommet spacing & can give me any advice?

Also, if I set the inside edge grommets in a few inches, will that help so I have a little overlap? I know I won't get a true overlap as from pinch pleats, but was hoping for a little more than them meeting in the center.

I'm going to go down to my sewing room & see if I can mock this up, I'm hoping to order the grommets tomorrow & have no idea how many I need.

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Annie Deighnaugh

Maybe this will help...

or the link below...

Looks like you want them between 6-8" apart, depending on how much projection off the rod you want when they're open and how much slouch you want when they're closed.

You may also want to look at ready mades to see how they're done or go to the fabric store and check out the grommet tape to see how they're spaced.

Here is a link that might be useful: Spacing grommets

    Bookmark   December 8, 2012 at 8:21PM
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thanks Anne, those do help me.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2012 at 11:21AM
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I have never done grommets before. A mock up sounds like a great plan.

I have a basic book for sewing window coverings and here is what it says about using grommets:

"Mark the placement for the grommets as for the rings, above." Use an even number of marks if the curtain will be run through by a steel cable or thin rod, so that both ends of the panel will turn inward."

Above they say to "place the ring end marks 3/4" from the sides." "Space the remaining marks every 6" - 10" apart. Try different spacing patterns, using safety pins to help you decide."

For the drapery panels in my home, I placed the ring clips 6-1/2" apart. The last clips (where the panels meet when closed) are about 1-1/2" from the ends. It provides enough of a little overlap for me.

This book also suggests to use an upper hem allowance two times the grommet length plus 2". So, your 4" upper hem sounds good. I wonder how hard it is to punch out/cut a hole through the fabric and the buckram?

Let us know how it's coming along and post pics if you can!


    Bookmark   December 9, 2012 at 3:55PM
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