If you consult Google, you'll find a variety of eyelet sizes and tools available in the market place however, I chose Hemline because it is a brand I stock that I've known to be reliable.
Hemline offer starter kits in 5.5MM, 8.7MM, 10.5MM and 14MM and you can purchase refills in bronze, onyx, gold and nickel. Based on the type of items my customers sew I thought the 8.7MM might be most versatile for kidswear and adult apparel.
The eyelets 8.7MM starter kits comes with:
and its all packed in a handy case so that you can keep all your bits and bobs together. You will need a hammer to apply the eyelets (FYI).
I decided on a pair of shorts out of Acid Wash in Monochrome OEKO-TEX 100 Cotton Elastane Jersey to be my first tester item. I applied 2 eyelets to the fabric waistband so I could add faux drawstrings for aesthetic purposes.
I love how it's turned out! I made the "drawstring" out of offcuts by plaiting it.
What do you think?