I bought a Dritz eyelet plier kit over the weekend. So much fun. I’m not sure about you, but I love buying new sewing tools and equipment. The excitement I feel about a silly tool always reinforces what a sewing nerd I am.
Here is a quick breakdown on how to use the pliers.. The package directions are very easy to follow, but as the saying goes.. Pictures are worth a thousand words. I have a drawstring jewelry jewelry pouch tutorial that I am sharing on Wednesday – it requires 2 eyelets for the drawstring opening.. So, please stay tuned.
I strongly suggest practicing with the pliers and eyelets before you start using them on your real fabric or project. Trust me, I’ve learned this lesson the hard way. Cut out a small square and give it a whirl.. I promise you will gain confidence in the process. A few screw ups along the way always reinforces what not to do.
Fuse interfacing on the back of the fabric/near the area you will be placing an eyelet. Using interfacing is important and gives the fabric more structure. It is easy for the eyelet to pull through the weave. Mark each eyelet placement on the back.
Puncture holes using the pliers. Once you puncture the hole, don’t jiggle the tool around too much. If you make the hole too big, the eyelet will not stay in place.
This part can be a bit tricky. You will need to figure out your own technique and get comfortable with it… Starting from the right side of the fabric, place an eyelet into the hole. Place another eyelet onto the plier prong and bring the pliers into your fabric. Match up the eyelets and squish HARD.. Squish again just a little harder. Pull out and check your work. See something your don’t quite like? Make a small adjustment in your technique on the next go round. Repeat until you feel confident.
Ta-da!! that’s it. Eyelets complete.. Fun stuff right?
Check back on Wednesday for my drawstring jewelry pouch tutorial. It’s super handy and small, so it’s great for travel. It also makes for an easy gift.