You’ve probably noticed the recent blow-up in grommeted fashion. Lace-up shirts and grommeted accents haven taken over the scene. You can make your own grommet garments by adding grommets to the sleeves of a shirt like this easy diy shirt refashion.
I had been scanning the clearance racks (from my couch, on my phone) and came across a $6 crewneck sweatshirt. I must have accidentally set the quantity to 2 and ended up with an extra shirt that went straight to the top of the refashion pile.
The result of this shirt refashion is better than I had imagined. The initially comfy and plain sweatshirt is still comfy plus has a bit more style.
- grommets (post and washer style) I used almost 300 3/16″ grommets in a matte nickel finish
- a pair of sharp scissors
- grommet setting tool
- rawhide or rubber mallet
- a hard surface or a block of wood (for setting the grommets)
I buy my grommets and grommet setting tools (along with other metal hardware) from Buckleguy.com. They have quality products and excellent customer service!
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Now put on some good tunes and start setting your grommets.
How to Set Grommets
I recommend starting in a less visible area of the shirt to get the hang of the process. Like the underside of the sleeve.
Start by snipping a very small hole in the fabric. If your shirt fabric has any stretch, I emphasize VERY SMALL. For stretchy fabric the hole does not need to be round, it’s more of a tiny slit and the grommet will fit just right.
Push the post side of the grommet through the hole from the outside of the garment.
Place the washer side over the grommet post from the inside of the sleeve.
Hold them in place between your fingers and set the post side of the grommet into the base of the grommet setter. Place the grommet setting tool inside the hole on the washer side. Hit the tool with the mallet 2-3 times. Check to make sure the fabric is tight in between the two sides of the grommet.
I used close to 300 grommets to complete this refashion.
The shirt is now a bit heavier and well ventilated.
Have you created your own grommeted fashion or refashion? Leave a comment below and show me!