Adding grommets is an optional way to finish the openings for the drawstrings on the Page Hoodie and the Joy Jacket. Buttonholes are another option if you don’t have grommets. Be sure to follow the instructions included with your grommets, but here is a tutorial to help insert them. While this tutorial was created with the Page Hoodie in mind, you can use these steps to insert grommets into the Joy Jacket or to any of your handmade garments.

These are the supplies that will make installing grommets easier. You’ll need scissors, grommets/setting tools (we use this eyelet set from Wawak), a hammer, a small hole punch, and a sturdy surface such as a piece of wood, a book, a small metal block, or a cast-iron skillet.

A small cast iron skillet, grommets, an awl, yellow fabric, interfacing, scissors, and a small hammer are arranged on a white background

Begin by marking the location of the grommet.

An awl points to a marked dot in the middle of a yellow knit fabric

Using a hole punch or scissors, cut a small hole on your marking. It is better to start smaller and make small snips with scissors to widen it, if needed.

A small hole is shown at the marking on a yellow knit fabric
Scissors snip into a marking in the center of a yellow knit fabric.

Pick up the top grommet piece, which has a taller opening, and push it through the right side of the fabric.

A brass colored grommet piece is held above a small hole cut into a yellow knit fabric
The top piece of a grommet is inserted into a small hole in yellow knit fabric.

Turn the fabric over to the wrong side and push the fabric around the grommet opening. Set the grommet on the anvil, or the circular bottom of the setting tool.

The back side of yellow knit fabric with the top grommet inserted is shown.

Position the bottom half of the grommet, the piece with the shallower opening, face up on top of the upper half of the grommet.

The wrong side of a yellow knit fabric is shown with the larger part of a grommet inserted into a small hole. The smaller part of the grommet is held above the fabric.
The bottom part of a brass grommet is positioned over a hole on the wrong side of yellow knit fabric

Place the wider circular bottom of the setting tool inside the assembled grommet.

A silver setting tool is held above the back of a brass grommet inserted into yellow knit fabric. The handle of a cast iron skillet can be seen peeking out from under the fabric.
A silver setting tool is held on top of the grommet placement on yellow knit fabric. The handle of a cast iron skillet can be seen peeking from under the fabric.

Tap the top of the setting tool a few times with your hammer. The upper half of the grommet will bend around the bottom half, securing it in place.

Hands hold a hammer as it hits the top of a silver setting tool placed on the grommet inserted into yellow knit fabric.

Your grommets are now installed!

A close up of the backside of a brass grommet inserted into yellow knit fabric
A brass grommet is shown installed in yellow knit fabric.

We hope you found this tutorial helpful! If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below.


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