How To Make No Sew Grommet Curtains

Making grommet curtains is easier than it may look! You don’t need a sewing machine to create custom drapes that look polished and professional. I’ll be making a no sew version using iron-on bonding tape. Or you could just as easily sew the seams if you prefer. This curtain uses grommet tape and snap-on grommets, making the project even easier.

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No Sew Grommet Curtains Tutorial



Step 1: Measure & cut the fabric

It works best if the curtain has an even number of grommets, so also take this into consideration when determining the width.

To determine the size to cut your fabric, take the dimensions you want your curtain panel to be and add 4” to the width and 16” to the height to account for the hems. To figure out what total width your curtains should be, multiply the width of the window by 1.5 or 2, depending on how full you want the curtains to look.

[Finished Width] + 4″ by [Finished Height] + 16″

This curtain will be 3 ft wide and 4 ft tall when finished so I’m cutting the fabric 40” wide by 64” high.

Step 2: Hem the edges of the panel

First, hem the 2 sides of the panel. Fold the edge over 1” and press. Then fold it over another inch and iron it again.

Now take the 5/8″ fusible bonding web and slide it under the fold. With the iron on a high steam setting, hold it on the seam for about 10 seconds to melt the bonding web. Lift the iron and place it on the next section and repeat down the length of the panel.

Flip the panel over and slowly iron down the other side to make sure it’s fully melted. Repeat for the other side of the panel.

For the top hem, fold the fabric over 4” and iron. Then fold it over again another 4”. Slip the bonding web under the edges of the fabric and iron.

Repeat for the bottom hem. Or you can wait to hem the bottom until after you hang the curtains to determine exactly how much to hem to make it fall exactly where you want.

Step 3: Attach the grommets

These particular grommets attach to a grommet tape. This way the spacing between grommets is already taken care of. Also it’s stiff, which will create a crisp look when the curtains are hanging.

Cut the grommet tape to the width of the panel, making sure the grommets will be centered. Place it on the back side of the top hem and pin it.

Trace around the insides of all the circles. Take the grommet tape off and cut out the circles.

Line up the tape with the holes. Finally, attach the grommets to the front of the panel and the grommet curtain panel is done!

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Q & A

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Where can I purchase the grommet tape and grommets?
A shopper on Jan 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: They are available here:
Drapery Grommet Tape
Drapery Grommet Tape
Black Drapery Grommets - 1-5/8
Black Drapery Grommets - 1-5/8
Silver Drapery Grommets - 1-5/8
Silver Drapery Grommets - 1-5/8
Silver Matte Drapery Grommets - 1-5/8
Silver Matte Drapery Grommets - 1-5/8
Gold Matte Drapery Grommets - 1-5/8
Gold Matte Drapery Grommets - 1-5/8
The grommet tape I received has plastic tabs between the grommets -- what are they used for, and how should I use them?
A shopper on Jun 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The plastic pieces can be connected to create even spacing and consistent folds between the grommets. This will prevent the panel from being opened all the way flat.
Can the grommets be used on vinyl mesh fabrics, in making
curtains for patio.?
A shopper on Jun 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, though it's possible the metal on the grommet tape could rust.
Can grommet drapes be lined?
A shopper on Apr 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes. You can cut the lining to the finished size you want the panel to be and place it under the hems before sewing or using the Stitch Witchery.
What is the maximum circumference of the rod?
A shopper on Nov 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The inner diameter for these grommets are 1.625".
How far apart are the grommets?
A shopper on Nov 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: There's about 3.25" between the grommets.
What is name of fabric?
A shopper on Nov 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This fabric is called Covington Savannah Multi. You can find it below.
Covington Savannah Multi Fabric
Covington Savannah Multi Fabric
Do you have a full length picture of these curtains in a room? I love the print, but I'm scared to death to commit to anything larger than a tote bag or chair pad. thanks, jax
A shopper on Aug 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We don't have a photo showing the whole curtain in a room because the curtain we made was for the purpose of demonstration in the video and not for a real window. We do have a photo showing more of the length of the print, so I added it to the end of the tutorial.

It's a beautiful print that is a great scale for curtains, but if you don't want to commit all the way, you could order enough for one curtain and get more after you confirm you like it. Good luck!
Can you add lining to grommet curtains by sewing right sides together first and then inside them out to hide seams?
Ronna S on Jan 11, 2019