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« on: December 15, 2003 03:22:48 PM »

Hey everyone.  I've never really tried using grommets in any of my projects so I really don't know much about them.  I am wondering if they can be used on thick things like a book cover.  I'm making some of those hand bags made out of books and I want to put a little chain strap on one.  What do I need to punch the holes and where can I find it...at a craft store or at a hardware store?  If anyone has any experience with these please let me know.  

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« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2003 03:43:47 PM »

How thick is your book cover?

You basically have to get grommets that have a long enough stem to go through the thickness of whatever you are grommeting, plus enough to create a flange on the back side. So if your book cover was 1/4" thick, you'd probably want a grommet with a 1/2" stem.

You can buy small grommets at craft stores (mostly used for a couple of thicknesses of fabric or paper), but to buy "industrial size" grommets you might have to dig around online.

You could also make grommets if you were really motivated. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2003 02:47:52 PM »

Hi starstruq,

I'm about to experiment with grommets on a notebook i'm making. I don't have a digital camera so I can't take pictures right away, but I'll put a few on my roll of film and after xmas/new years they should be going up on here! I'll let you know tomorrow, verbally anyways, how I did with the grommets (my covers are cardboard, I'll measure the thickness and double-check my grommet size). I bought a pack for $1.99 CDN at Michael's Craft Store, and they even came with the tool in them that you use to hammer grommets into the object. Hopefully it works!


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« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2003 10:28:59 AM »

I've used grommets a bit with fabric, and had a horrible time with the hole-punch type tool.  It tends to bust the flange on the wrong side, whereas I like double-sided gromets.  

So I recommend the simpler-looking tool, which you have to use a hammer with.  It has more even pressure.  Looks like two thick rings, and a metal rod, pointed on one end.


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« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2003 11:51:09 AM »

handbags out of books??
i'm intrigued...please, tell me more! Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2003 01:33:40 PM »

They take a little work but they are so fun that I just keep making them!  Here's a really good tutorial.  


Try this site for some chic ideas on decorating the outsides of the books.  


I've made one with little bamboo handles and now I want to make one with a little chain loop so the bag will be one of those wrist purses...you know what I mean?  The ones that you wear like a bracelet.

If you have any questions about making the bags...feel free to aks! Grin  
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« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2003 02:02:49 PM »

I agree with susank. The hammer method is easier and quite the stress-reliever too!! I love grommeting! You can get a starter kit at joanns pretty cheap and it comes with various size grommets to play with.
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