How to Make ZipOff - Outdoor Grommet Curtains

You can easily add a breakaway zipper to existing grommet panels or if you have all the grommet tools you can make your own using fabric as I did.

How to Make ZipOff - Outdoor Grommet Curtains
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I have this fabulous, screened porch.  You can more about it in my OutOnThaPorch videos posted on our YouTube Channel, Pate Meadows Designs.

I have this fabulous, screened porch. You can more about it in my OutOnThaPorch videos posted on our YouTube Channel, Pate Meadows Designs.

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I adore my views but during certain times of the year, the sun is blinding.  I didn't want shades or shutters or blinds but I needed something.

I adore my views but during certain times of the year, the sun is blinding. I didn't want shades or shutters or blinds but I needed something.

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So one day, it hit me....while washing my Zipliner Shower Curtain Liner, you know, the ones we sell on our website, https://bit.ly/2qyginb.  I could make grommet panels that zip off !!!

So one day, it hit me....while washing my Zipliner Shower Curtain Liner, you know, the ones we sell on our website, bit.ly/2qyginb. I could make grommet panels that zip off !!!

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You can make these zipper panels from ready-made grommet panels like these OR using fabric and products featured in this Snapguide like I did.

You can make these zipper panels from ready-made grommet panels like these OR using fabric and products featured in this Snapguide like I did.

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I used these products - most are available from our website, www.patemeadows.com

I used these products - most are available from our website, www.patemeadows.com

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If you are using ready-made grommet panels, make sure they are at least 3" longer than the finished length of your new zipper panels.

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I installed the rods first. Then determined how long I wanted the top portion to be. I determined that I wanted it to be 7" long.

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If I had used ready-made grommet panels, mine would have been 9.5". (7" + 2.5" = 9.5")

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IF YOU ARE USING READY-MADE GROMMET PANELS SKIP TO STEP 39

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I wanted the top fabric to blend in with the color of the stain on the deck so it would not be noticeable when I zipped the bottom portion off and stored it.

I wanted the top fabric to blend in with the color of the stain on the deck so it would not be noticeable when I zipped the bottom portion off and stored it.

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I also pulled from my stash of leftover fabrics.  This is some lightweight outdoor fabric.

I also pulled from my stash of leftover fabrics. This is some lightweight outdoor fabric.

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Cut the top portion 14" long - which is double my desired finished length of 7". (7" x 2 = 14") Then surged the top and bottom raw edges.

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Lay the buckram out on the panel top.

Lay the buckram out on the panel top.

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Cut the buckram the width of my top portion (54") minus the side hems (2.5 + 2.5 = 5"). 54" - 5" = 49".  It does not go into the side hems.

Cut the buckram the width of my top portion (54") minus the side hems (2.5 + 2.5 = 5"). 54" - 5" = 49". It does not go into the side hems.

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I wanted the center of my first grommet to be 2.5" from the edge of the curtain so I marked the placement on both ends.

I wanted the center of my first grommet to be 2.5" from the edge of the curtain so I marked the placement on both ends.

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You will have an even number of grommets and an odd number of spacing between the grommets.

You will have an even number of grommets and an odd number of spacing between the grommets.

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Fold the buckram in equal sections like a paper doll making sure the ends fold back or in the same direction.

Fold the buckram in equal sections like a paper doll making sure the ends fold back or in the same direction.

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Use your die tool to punch the holes through all layers then lay the buckram out evenly on your panel top.

Use your die tool to punch the holes through all layers then lay the buckram out evenly on your panel top.

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Make sure the buckram is even all the way across.  The top will fold down over the buckrum to conceal it completely as shown in the next photo.

Make sure the buckram is even all the way across. The top will fold down over the buckrum to conceal it completely as shown in the next photo.

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Fold the bottom up to meet the bottom edge of the folded over top.

Fold the bottom up to meet the bottom edge of the folded over top.

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Pin and Press.

Pin and Press.

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Fold the side hems over to make a double side hem.

Fold the side hems over to make a double side hem.

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As shown here.

As shown here.

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Finger press in place, fit the zipper to the top of panel as shown, then pin all the way across.

Finger press in place, fit the zipper to the top of panel as shown, then pin all the way across.

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If the zipper is too long and you have zipper locks, you can cut it off.  If not, skip ahead passed "cutting off the zipper"

If the zipper is too long and you have zipper locks, you can cut it off. If not, skip ahead passed "cutting off the zipper"

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DO NOT CUT YOUR ZIPPER OFF UNLESS YOU HAVE THESE ZIPPER LOCKS.

DO NOT CUT YOUR ZIPPER OFF UNLESS YOU HAVE THESE ZIPPER LOCKS.

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Cut the zipper off at the end of the panel side.

Cut the zipper off at the end of the panel side.

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I always make my first cut a little longer than it should be - just in case !!!!!  The zipper should actually end about where the slide is shown here - at the inside fold of the side hem.

I always make my first cut a little longer than it should be - just in case !!!!! The zipper should actually end about where the slide is shown here - at the inside fold of the side hem.

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Carefully, completely remove the end teeth with pliers leaving about 1/2" of zipper band extending past the teeth.

Carefully, completely remove the end teeth with pliers leaving about 1/2" of zipper band extending past the teeth.

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Place the zipper lock over the zipper band and up against the last tooth that.

Place the zipper lock over the zipper band and up against the last tooth that.

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Pinch the zipper stop over the band and against the last tooth.

Pinch the zipper stop over the band and against the last tooth.

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Continue squeezing the lock until it is securely in place and cannot be pulled off.

Continue squeezing the lock until it is securely in place and cannot be pulled off.

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Set aside

Set aside

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Set your grommets as shown.

Set your grommets as shown.

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It always helps to have an extra hand.

It always helps to have an extra hand.

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Hem the bottom of your panels as you prefer.  I was limited on fabric since I pulled it from my stash so I surged along the bottom edge, then I pressed up a 1" hem and top stitched.

Hem the bottom of your panels as you prefer. I was limited on fabric since I pulled it from my stash so I surged along the bottom edge, then I pressed up a 1" hem and top stitched.

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Double fold the side hems of the panel bottom, press and topstitch.

Double fold the side hems of the panel bottom, press and topstitch.

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Fold down a 1/2" hem to the top of the panel bottom

Fold down a 1/2" hem to the top of the panel bottom

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We use Steam-A-Seam2 instead of pins on lots of projects.  Holding a zipper in place while sewing instead of pins is so much easier.

We use Steam-A-Seam2 instead of pins on lots of projects. Holding a zipper in place while sewing instead of pins is so much easier.

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Finger press the Steam-A-Seam2 on both sides of the zipper.  Occasionally it is necessary to steam it on as well.  Then peel the paper off one side.

Finger press the Steam-A-Seam2 on both sides of the zipper. Occasionally it is necessary to steam it on as well. Then peel the paper off one side.

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Lay the zipper out on the table and apply the top of the panel along the zipper side where the paper has been removed as shown.

Lay the zipper out on the table and apply the top of the panel along the zipper side where the paper has been removed as shown.

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Press.  Then top stitch.

Press. Then top stitch.

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Place Zipper top on the panel top along the bottom edge of the top hem butting the zipper ends up to the side hem fold

Place Zipper top on the panel top along the bottom edge of the top hem butting the zipper ends up to the side hem fold

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Press then top stitch.

Press then top stitch.

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Top stitch the side hems of the panel top.

Top stitch the side hems of the panel top.

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And there you go!!!  Now you can zip the bottoms off and throw them in the wash or store them until you need them.

And there you go!!! Now you can zip the bottoms off and throw them in the wash or store them until you need them.

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I couldn't be happier.

I couldn't be happier.

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They are perfect.

They are perfect.

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