Grommet Topped Curtains and Pipe Curtain Rods

Hey ya’ll!  Have you kept up to date with the 30-day makeover challenge with HGTV Home Fabric and Joann Fabrics on Instagram (#hgtvhomemagic)?   I have joined Jen from Tatertots & Jello, Jamielyn from I Heart Naptime and Kari from Ucreate to revamp an entire room in 30 days with some HGTV Home fabric from Joann Fabric and Crafts – the final reveal will be August 22nd with a big Pinterest party and Google + hangout (stay tuned for my information on that!). Today is the first time I am finally starting to add the fabric.  I set the stage with the planked and 2×4 shelved wall and showed you Monday the amazing hanging beds we made.  Now is the time to add pops with some gorgeous fabric!


In case you don’t remember the fabrics I chose for Isaac’s bedroom makeover here they are…


So I started out using the HGTV HOME Jigsaw Malachite fabric to make some grommet topped curtains on some pipe curtain rods.


I purchased the Large Square Striped grommets from Jo–Ann Fabrics and Crafts for half off.  So I got two packages for $13.  I like grommets especially in a kids room because they are easier to open and close for little hands.


Curtains are fairly simple to make.  I used the entire width of the fabric and then cut the length about 12” longer than I wanted them to be.  I pressed the sides under 1/4” and then a 1/2” and then the top I pressed under 1/2” and then 5” to give the grommets a place to attach to.  Then I sewed all three sides leaving the bottom unhemmed.



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I was pleasantly surprised at how easy these grommets where to snap into place. 

Tip: When trying to space the grommets apart make sure you divide the number of spaces between grommets (not the number of grommets) by the width of your fabric.  The way I did it was I attached a grommet at the left and right of the fabric.  Then I measured the space between the two grommets and divided that by 7 spaces to figure out how to evenly space the 6 grommets leftover.

When you have that measurement use a fabric pen to draw the circles on the back of your fabric with the enclosed template. 


Cut them out with some sharp small scissors. 


Put the bottom of the grommet through to the front of the fabric and snap the top in place.  Easy peasy!  There is a little give so if they are little crooked you can fix them easily.


I used all 8 grommets on one panel.  That way they close nicely with the edges laying towards the windows.


Next I made some pipe curtain rods to go with the flow of the hanging beds and the industrial vibe I had going on.  I followed Tricia’s (from Simplicity in the South) tutorial and they worked perfect.  And the price was right!  I purchased all the supplies at Lowes for less than $20.  And they cut the pipe to size for me…bonus!


The only bummer about the pipe curtain rods is hemming them.  You have to hang the curtains in place and then measure and then remove the rod to get the curtains off to hem.  Unless you are a cheater like me.  Here is a little video to show how I did it.

And they are perfect. 

grommet topped curtains

 Click here to see the final room reveal.