Eyelets are a great for adding lacing decorative ribbons, lacing, or fabric ties onto your bags. And you can use eyelets to attach metal rings, or make professional looking drawstring closures. For example, Lisa has decorated one of her bags with eyelets and lacing, yum! Eyelet kits provide everything you need including instructions for use, but I thought it might be handy for some of you if made this photo tutorial to show you how easy peasy they are to use.
1. Make a hole for the eyelet - Make up your bag, and mark the desired position of the eyelet/s. Now make a small hole for the eyelet shaft, in your bag. Make the hole only just large enough for the er...shaft (heh!) to pass through; it should be a tight fit or the eyelet won't be able to grip onto the fabric, and it will all go tragically wrong.
2. Apply eyelet shaft to bag - take eyelet shaft and push it thru the right side of your bag.
3. Apply eyelet plate and get your hammer out - slip the eyelet plate over the eyelet shaft and trim any stray bits of fabric if necessary.
Next place the hammer post onto the eyelet shaft as shown. The hammer post is shaped in such a way as to make the eyelet shaft roll back on itself (thus creating a lip which will hold both of the eyelet halves to together) when you tap it with a hammer.
Get your hammer out and whack the hammer post with several sharp taps (rather than a couple of hard thumps which might split the eyelet shaft), and hey presto a professional looking eyelet!
I'll show you what my bag with eyelets looks like in my next post...::UPDATE:: Here it is.