Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Doorstop tutorial

Every time you open one door in my house, another slams shut. We have three cats so we wedge the doors open with anything at hand to avoid tail injury! This morning I decided enough was enough - I have a sack full of decent sized scraps and the sewing machine was winking at me. I ran a few of these up in about an hour and the doors have been blissfully slam-free ever since :)
1: First, make your template. Mine is 15cm at the base but tapers to 13cm at the top. I made the base wider for super extra stability.
cut pieces
2: Cut your pieces. You will need one base (I used canvas so it would be hardwearing), four sides, one top and a strip for a handle. I made these from some lightweight cotton left over from a 50’s dress project.
sewn sides
3: Pin and sew all four sides together
pin topsew top
4: Fold the handle piece in half and sew. Turn the handle right side out and press flat.
5: Pin the top in place. This can be a bit tricky but keep at it! Sew the top in place, but don’t forget to add the handle :)
sew base 
6: Pin the bottom in place and sew. Make sure you leave a 3” gap for turning.
   sewn up
7: Turn your doorstop the right way out. 
8: Add some weight! If you happen to have a block of lead the right dimensions lying around this would be perfect. I don’t though, so I used around a kilo of play sand. I Put it into a carrier bag before stuffing it into the doorstop so it wouldn’t shift around.
9: Fill the top half of the doorstop with toy stuffing and sew up the hole in the base.
Et voila! Go stop some doors :)


  1. Thank you for this tute, I have been looking for one of these for a while.

  2. This is great!! I posted a link to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-quick-and-easy-doorstop/2009/07/09/

  3. oh, and I LOVE the fabric you used!!

  4. What a cute doorstop! We've posted the tutorial on our SewingBusiness blog - http://sewingbusiness.com/2009/08/02/perfect-door-stop.aspx Thanks for the information.

    Sarah J Doyle
    http://SarahJDoyle.com blog

  5. Just found your blog through Childmade. Thanks for sharing such a great idea.


  6. Looks fantastic! And very easy to make it! Thanks