How To Hang Eyelet Curtains
Eyelet curtains are a style of drapes with small, evenly spaced holes or “eyelets” along the top edge. These eyelets allow for the passage of string or cord, which is then knotted to hold back the curtains. These are also called grommet-top curtains since most pre-made eyelet curtains come with matching plastic rings called “grommets.”
Many styles of home decor now incorporate these types of curtains, including casual contemporary and country cottages. Eyelet curtain materials include cotton, linen, silk, polyester blends, and even colored fabrics dyed to match popular colors in decorating.
Eyelet curtains are made with either of two types of top openings: a rod passed through rings or a pole pocket. To fully benefit from the function and decorating potentials of eyelet curtains, you should be able to tell which type is present in your existing curtain. The information below will help you distinguish between the two when measuring for mounting brackets and installing hooks.
Rings come in a variety of styles, including plastic or metal in different colors and finishes. Rings may be attached by sewing them onto the fabric or by passing them through an interlocking mechanism called “double-fold bias tape.” This double fold makes it harder for the ring to slide off when hung. Rings also make opening and closing easier because they usually have a simple pull tab at the top or bottom of each one.
A rod is typically used with rings because the fabric is gathered when passing through these tabs. However, rings can be difficult to replace if broken, and they are not as easy to clean as other types of tops because more fabric is visible.
Two types of loops work well with a pole pocket having a closed-end or an open-end surrounded by material that covers the raw edges of the hardware. Closed ends, also called “finished” ends, protect against fraying and prevent dust from gathering in unused spaces. Open ends, also called “open hem,” leave an unfinished edge which minimizes extra weight on curtain panels but allows them to function better for light filtering purposes.
What are some Advantages of Using Eyelet Curtains?
There are many advantages to using eyelet curtains as part of your interior design scheme. The first advantage is their personality and individuality. When it comes to picking out drapes, there is a myriad of options available to you, but few sets offer the same amount of personality as eyelet curtains do. Each set is unique and one-of-a-kind and reflects the character and style of its owner(s).
Another distinction that makes eyelet curtains unique is the fabric from which they are made. Eyelet curtains can be made from a wide variety of fabrics ranging from cotton to silk and even blends in between, but the most common material used is lace. Lace has been a fixture in interior design for centuries, and it is still finding ways to remain relevant today.
Another advantage that eyelet curtains have going for them is their ability to lend a warm and inviting atmosphere to any environment they may be placed in. Simply put, eyelet curtains capture mystery and intrigue with their use of intricate patterns, textiles, and shapes that appear inside-out at first glance. In addition, the complex nature of many sets gives an otherwise simple room a whole new dimension by adding multiple layers of depth.
How To Hang Eyelet Curtains
First, match up your eyelet holes. Pull them taut, so there are no wrinkles. Lay one panel of fabric on top of another, with wrong sides together. Make sure you have shortened/trimmed the panels if necessary so they both measure about 18 inches wide. Pin along one edge so they won’t slip out of place when you start sewing. Machine baste them together at 1/2 inch from each long edge.
Then machine stitch along each short end using a 1-inch seam allowance to make two separate panels of fabric with eyelets in them. Trim the seams down to 1/4 inch, being careful not to cut through any basting stitches or metal eyelets.
Fold the panels wrong sides together, so the folded edges meet each other exactly, and pin at both short ends in one place only – this will allow you to turn the panels right side out in a minute. Then, carefully stitch along these two pinned ends ONLY using a 1/2 inch seam allowance again- this stitching should just catch all four raw edges at once, but be sure NOT to sew all the way across where you have pinned!
Next, make a casing for your curtain rod: first, baste about an inch from each long edge (the raw edges) and again two inches from each short end. Leave open along one long edge- this will be the top of your curtain, so leave it as is. Next, measure around your rod (which should be resting against or hanging inside that 1″ seam allowance).
You want about 1/2″ to 3/4″ of overlap at either end between the panel and the wall/window frame/etc., so add about 2-3inches to that measurement and mark a line on the casing. Cut a notch at the end of this line- this will allow you to turn your casing right side out later without any bunching or puckering.
Now pin your casing, wrong sides facing, so the raw edges are all tucked under. Machine stitch close to the outer edge of each long edge, but leave about 3 inches open along one short end for turning.
Trim the seams down to 1/4 inch again, being careful not to clip through any metal eyelets or stitches. Also, be sure NOT TO SNAG THE INSIDE EDGE OF YOUR CASING WHEN YOU’RE TRIMMING! Next, turn it right side out and press flat, poking out all the little kinks in which you turned the raw edges. Again, make sure not to snip any stitches or metal eyelets!
Finally, turn your panels the wrong sides out and pin them into the casing along the top edge (i.e., leave about 3″ open) and pull tightly so there are no wrinkles and it’s smooth and even all around. Make sure both visible panels of fabric (with eyelets on them) are on the same side as each other- if they aren’t, carefully sew another seam next to where you have pinned, so they match up again.
Then pin along both short ends so the curtains won’t slide apart when hung from a rod between them; remember to leave enough space for turning! Also, be sure to have the raw edges of the casing turned in, so they are neat and tidy.