Dahlia Skirt Hacks! Part 2
Let's talk grommets! They're not as hard as they look, seriously, but they look so awesome when added to a yoga waistband. You can find the whole kit, with the application tool and several grommets, in a pack like this from most major craft and fabric stores.
I like these because they seem quicker, and much more durable than adding button holes for drawstrings.
To add a grommet drawstring to any yoga waisband, you'll want to apply the grommets before sewing the short ends of the waistband together to form the continuous band.
Step 1: Press the band in half along the long edges of the band wrong sides together (think hot dog style).
Step 2: Unfold the waisband and mark the exact center of the band with a pin. I like to fold the band in half on a table and attach a pin at the fold.
Step 3: Use a ruler or hem gauge to measure an equal distance away from the center of the band on each side to ensure precise placement of both grommets. You can choose how close or far apart you'd like the grommets to be placed. (This measurement will depend on the size of grommets you are using). In this example, I measured 1/2 an inch away from the center and used the outer edge of that chalk mark be where the outer edge of the grommet was positioned.
Step 4: Follow the package directions for cutting a small hole in the band and applying the grommets using the tools in the kit. If applying with a hammer, make sure you put a magazine or small cutting mat on your table to prevent damage to the surface you are using. Self healing quilter's mats work great for this. Your grommets will be smooth on both sides and look like this on the inside of your yoga band.
Step 5: You're almost done! Now it's time to stitch the short ends of your waistband right sides together. Your waistband is complete and ready to attach to your Dahlia Skirt. Once you have the band sewn on, you can use any pre-made knit ties or make your own in a matching fabric. Attach a safety pin to one end of the drawstring and thread it into the front of one grommet, thread it all the way around the band, and out the other grommet. You can experiment with different width ties for a more unique look. I love the look of the one inch finished ties in this Dahlia!
Give grommets a try! You may be surprised by just how easy they reallly are.
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