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.

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.
Nice I'ble! <br> <br>So... &quot;Eyelet&quot; vs. &quot;Grommet,&quot; 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?
Should also say that these are pretty interchangeable terms. While I was apparently setting a &quot;grommet&quot; I bought them as eyelets, so.....
This is a great question, and one I never even really thought of!! I looked it up to be sure, so..... <br> <br>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. <br> <br>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. <br> <br>thanks for the question, I will add the keyword grommet to this!

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