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« on: December 21, 2008 06:01:42 PM »

I was finishing up a fabric lunch bag for hubby today, and as I was doing the eyelets, I realized just how simple it was to do them right, and how the instructions on the package are either vague or non-existent. So I grabbed the camera and made a tutorial. (Note to the Mods: if this should be moved, feel free - I wasn't sure where to put it...)

Easy Eyelets
First, take the eyelets out of the package and look at them. There will be tall-crowned ones (male) and short-crowned ones (female). You will need one male and one female piece for each eyelet.


Mark your hole placement and cut/punch a SMALL hole at each spot.


From the BACK side, push a pencil (or something about the same size of the eyelet) through the small hole and out the front side.


Place a male eyelet piece on the tapered end of the pencil.


While holding the male eyelet on the tapered point, push the fabric off the pencil


and onto the crown of the eyelet so the edge of the crown is exposed.



Put the female piece onto the male piece so the male crown comes up through the female piece.


Use the little tool to cover the eyelet, give a couple taps of a hammer, and you're done!



Perfect every time, and fast, with no loose threads.



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« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2010 10:30:15 AM »

Great tute! Simple and well explained.
My big problem right now is finding where to buy eyelets like these. All I can find at our local Hancocks are the one piece ones. Sad If anyone has any suggestions on where to look, I would be super appreciative.
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« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2010 01:14:28 PM »

Check your hardware store.  Our Lowe's and Home Depot carry size 0 and 1, usually in brass, around the same area they have clothesline.  I've also ordered them off Ebay.  Once you have a setter, you can just order the grommets by themselves, which are cheaper.
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