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Picture of How to set an Eyelet (grommet)
This will cover setting an eyelet without the special eyelet pliers, a bench mounted press, or a hydraulic press. You will need a hole punch, the eyelet tool (or tapered punch large enough to spread the eyelet) and an anvil of some sort with a hole.

Step 1: Punch the hole.

Picture of punch the hole.
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Using either a leather/ fabric hole punch tool, a round tubular hole punch (often included in eyelet kits), or as a worst case a pair of scissors (be careful not to make the whole too big here), punch a hole the size of the center portion of your eyelet.

You can use scissors if you have no other hole punch, I usually cut an x on the center of my hole then remove the excess material if I do it this way.
 
jdtwelve123 years ago
Nice I'ble!

So... "Eyelet" vs. "Grommet," is there any difference between the two? I.e., does an eyelet over a certain size get called a grommet, or are the terms basically interchangeable?
macfreshy (author)  jdtwelve123 years ago
Should also say that these are pretty interchangeable terms. While I was apparently setting a "grommet" I bought them as eyelets, so.....
macfreshy (author)  jdtwelve123 years ago
This is a great question, and one I never even really thought of!! I looked it up to be sure, so.....

Technically this should be how to set a grommet. Eyelets are technically meant to be one piece, i.e. just the male end, the extra washer makes this a grommet apparently.

They also say that the size does matter, so to speak. The article I read said over 5mm (1/5th ish of an inch) was usually a grommet.

thanks for the question, I will add the keyword grommet to this!