Bag Hardware: How to Apply Decorative Grommets

DIY projects are top-notch when finished with professional hardware.

Nothing says fabulous like a hand-made bag that is finished with professional quality hardware – and your choices just keep getting better! New Dritz® grommets have two heavy duty pieces that screw together, providing straps, belting and elastic with a functional – and really nice looking – opening to pass through. Let’s see how these work! 

Bag Hardware: How to Apply Dritz Decorative Grommets


Bag Hardware: How to Apply Dritz Decorative Grommets

There are 3 styles of the new Dritz® grommets; each grommet has 2 parts (a front and back), plus screws.The hole for the grommet is drawn using a template (found on the package, or there are PDFs on our website via links below).

When applying the grommets, work on a cloth-covered surface to prevent scratches and to help keep screws from rolling away.


Bag Hardware: How to Apply Dritz Decorative Grommets

How to apply Grommets:

Complete bag, tote, wristlet or other project. Cut out template. Tip: Using spray adhesive on the back of the template will help keep it in place on the fabric. 


Bag Hardware: How to Apply Dritz Decorative Grommets

Determine position of grommet on project and trace around template with marking pencil.


Bag Hardware: How to Apply Dritz Decorative Grommets

Optional: To keep layers from shifting, pin through all layers around marked template.


Bag Hardware: How to Apply Dritz Decorative Grommets

Stitch just outside of the marked line with a short straight stitch. Don’t get too far away from the marked line or the stitching will show after the grommet is applied.


Bag Hardware: How to Apply Dritz Decorative Grommets

Cut along inside of drawn line and through all layers of project with sharp scissors. Seal edges with Fray Check® liquid seam sealant to prevent raveling.


Bag Hardware: How to Apply Dritz Decorative Grommets

Remove screws from back of grommet; set screws aside. Lay grommet front, wrong side up, on work surface. Position grommet cut-out over grommet with front of project facing down.


Bag Hardware: How to Apply Dritz Decorative Grommets

Place grommet back over grommet front, lining up screw holes. Attach back of eyelet with screws and screwdriver.


Bag Hardware: How to Apply Dritz Decorative Grommets

Now that you know how to install the grommets, there are many ways that you can use them to add interest and function to your bags.

Marry them with other metallic elements to create bags and totes that are packed with personality. Here they’re paired with Dritz® metallic elastic and Fairfield™ Aluminor™ silver cushioned material


Bag Hardware: How to Apply Dritz Decorative Grommets

The grommets are ideal for making wristlet bags, because they provide a perfectly sized opening for the strap. They really give DIY projects a professional look, especially when you take care to match the finishes, like we did here with the zipper.


Bag Hardware: How to Apply Dritz Decorative Grommets

The grommets can also be used purely for decoration! We really like the simple style of this look. 


Bag Hardware: How to Apply Dritz Decorative Grommets

The fun thing about this bag is that it’s versatile. Leave the grommets as is for a clean look, or add fabric or studded ties to complement certain outfits or occasions. 


Bag Hardware: How to Apply Dritz Decorative Grommets

A happy trio! You like?


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Tablet Case using Dritz sewing supplies

And let’s not forget about our devices! They need a home, too. Check out this easy-sew tablet case project – the decorative grommet is used to create an opening for its strap.

Look for these new grommets online or in the sewing department of your favorite fabric/craft retailers. Be sure to investigate all of the Dritz® fasteners and grommets options that are available.

We know you like making bags, and we hope you LOVE using our bag hardware when you do!

 

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