To begin, grommets can also be known as eyelets. Many people use the terms interchangeably, referring to eyelets when they’re small-ish and grommets when they’re large-ish. In addition, if you see a sewing project that refers to eyelets, make sure to confirm if it’s the kind you install or the ones you can sew with your machine. Many upper-end sewing or sewing/embroidery machines offer an eyelet option within their selection of buttonholes.


In general, grommets are available in metal, rubber (for industrial purposes), and plastic (Snap-on type), and they come in a variety of colors and finishes.


A grommet is comprised of two pieces: a male and a female. Since we’re not too crazy about that terminology, we took to the Internet to learn how others identify the grommet parts. We discovered the male section is considered the actual grommet and the female section is a washer.


When these two parts are forced together, with fabric sandwiched in the middle, you end up with a fantastic looking, durable hole.


Grommets often serve a dual purpose in a project, a perfect blend of form and function. They add a certain industrial or modern look; in fact, sometimes metal eyelet’s only job is to look cool as an embellishment. But, they usually have very defined purposes as channels, handle anchors, and more. You see grommets on garments, accessories, and certainly in plenty of home décor items.


Grommets and Installation Tools

Grommets and the tools you need to insert them are readily available at your local craft or fabric supplier (in store and online) as well as from many hardware suppliers. Depending on where you choose to purchase your grommets, there may be a few visual differences in the tools, but probably not as much variation in the grommets themselves.


Grommet Kits

The first time you purchase grommets, you should buy a kit. Why? Because in a kit, you also get the tools needed for successful installation. It’s important to note that for each size grommet you buy, you need coordinating tools.


Afterwards, you can simply buy the grommets only and re-use the original tool. Remember, when you change to a new size, buy a new kit.


Actual Grommets

As we mentioned earlier, grommets are available in a range of sizes. They also come in a variety of finishes and colors.


Grommet Tools

The actual grommet installation “tools” can consist of a single grommet plier, or a combination of a setter and anvil. Grommet Pliers are normally used for small grommets and eyelets. For larger grommets, as we mentioned above, you use a setter and anvil to exactly match the size of the grommet.


If you choose to purchase your grommet kit at a hardware store, or other professional tool supplier, the tool set may contain what’s called a grommet inserting die (looks a lot like the setter and anvil) and a hole cutter. Some may also include a cutting pad. Here’s one example of a higher end kit.


Other Tools You’ll Need


  • Interfacing

Depending on the type of fabric you’re using in your project, you may need a strong layer of interfacing between or behind the fabric layers. It’s often recommended to use canvas instead of standard interfacing. If you do choose an interfacing, it should be a mid to heavy weight.


  • Pen, Pencil or Marker

You need to accurately mark the position and spacing of each grommet. You can use a fabric marking pen that will disappear, or even a regular pencil or marker since you will be cutting out the center and covering the outer area with the actual grommet.


  • Small Sharp Scissors or Xacto Knife

Once you mark the position of the grommets, you need to cut a precisely-sized hole (more on this in the steps below). Depending on the size of the grommet, that hole might be very tiny. Very sharp scissors or a Xacto knife is key to precise cutting.


  • Rubber (Or Rawhide) Mallet or A Traditional Hammer

You can use either in the installation. We prefer a mallet because it more evenly distributes the force of the hammering.


  • Sturdy Surface

Since you do have to actually hammer the grommets to secure them in place, you need a strong, sturdy work surface. Your glass coffee table would not be a good choice. A sturdy table or counter, or even the floor would be better.


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