Learn how to set an eyelet on fabric painlessly! These cute metal details on your clothes, bags, and curtains are actually very easy to attach to wherever you want on your project. Read this guide to learn more.
How to Set an Eyelet on Fabric: An Easy Peasy Guide
Eyelets are types of fasteners that help lace your fabric together. While they serve as a functional piece of sewing tools, they also look nice as details on your clothes or bags. When I first saw an eyelet detail, I thought how fascinating it must be to learn how to set it on fabric. And it was! It seemed a little tricky with the hammer and anvil, but it’s actually pretty simple. Read on to learn how to set an eyelet on fabric.
Materials to Use on How to Set an Eyelet on Fabric:
Tip: Use a fabric reinforced with interfacing, especially when practicing on how to set an eyelet on a fabric. The interfacing provides strength and durability to your fabric, making it less prone to tearing.
Note: Your eyelet kit should contain a grooved button, a setting punch, and the halves of an eyelet. The top eyelet has an extended cylindrical middle part while your bottom eyelet has a shorter middle part and flatter end. Take note of the difference between these two halves as we go along this tutorial.
Step 1: Mark Your Fabric
If you have a pattern, it should indicate where to set an eyelet. Mark your fabric with a chalk or a pen to see where the eyelet, or the center of it, goes.
Step 2: Create a Small Hole In Your Fabric
After marking your fabric, create a hole using scissors. Make sure your hole doesn’t get bigger than the hole of your eyelet, or else you’ll be in trouble. Your eyelet would most likely fall out of it. So start small and gradually increase the circumference of your hole until your eyelet fits into it. Fold your fabric and snip to make a hole.
Tip: The technique in making a hole is to cut the fabric like you are making an X or cross where you mark the fabric.
Step 3: Insert Your Eyelet Into the Hole
Take your eyelet and push the middle part into the hole. Make sure you insert the top eyelet into the hole (right side of the fabric), and the middle part goes through the wrong side of the fabric.
Step 4: Prepare Your Workstation
For this next part, you might want to work on a hard surface, like a table. Your kit should come with a grooved button and an anvil, which we will be using for this part.
Step 5: Place Your Eyelet on the Grooved Button
Place the anvil on the table with the groove side up. Get your top eyelet inserted in the fabric and place it on the grooved part of the anvil. It should fit in there quite nicely since it has been made for it to fit.
Step 6: Place the Bottom Eyelet Over Your Fabric and Top Eyelet
Position your bottom eyelet over your fabric and top eyelet.
Note: The flat end of your bottom eyelet should be facing you. This setup should be a little unstable due to your fabric but don’t worry. This is where your eyelet setting tool comes in.
Step 7: Secure Your Eyelet Parts
With the setting punch, hold the eyelet into position using its weight. It should hold the fabric enough to stabilize it for as quickly as you need it.
Step 8: Gently Tap the Anvil With Your Hammer
Your eyelet is a tiny thing that doesn’t require much force. Gently tap on the setting tool to secure the eyelet parts to each other. The grooves of the top eyelet should fold and clasp over the flat end of the bottom eyelet to secure it firmly.
Here’s the video from Professor Pincushion for the full tutorial on how to set an eyelet on fabric:
Wasn’t learning how to set eyelets on fabric easy? You might want to start practicing on spare fabrics to prevent ruining your project fabrics. After you’ve successfully attached one, you can move on to attaching the next eyelet and so on.
Do you have tips and techniques on how to set an eyelet on fabric? Let us know in the comments below!
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