A doorstop is not only functional, but also a way to add interest to an unexpected spot. Marsha Smith shows you how to make your own with pretty fabric and inspiring quotes.
What you’ll need
This is a great project for using up fabric scraps, but if you do have to buy new material, you’ll only need 30cm of plain and 15cm of patterned. For the transfer to work well, the plain fabric should be a light colour with little texture. Also, choose fabric that is heavy enough to hold the filling. Alternatively, you can strengthen the fabric with iron-on interfacing or make it double-thickness, sewing the pieces together first. The finished doorstop looks like a rectangular block, about 21cm high x 10cm deep. 2 pieces plain fabric, 16cm wide x 23cm long (for front and back) 2 pieces plain fabric measuring 16cm wide x 12cm long (for top and bottom) 2 pieces patterned fabric, 12cm wide x 23cm long (for sides) 20cm length of thick ribbon, burlap tape or similar (for the handle) Image or quote – use the template provided below if you like Iron-on transfer sheets Printer Scissors Cotton thread (to match your colour scheme) Sewing machine Cotton batting or old cushion stuffing Rice (or other preferred weighted filling like sand or dry lentils)
Copy or print your image or quote onto the transfer paper and cut out as close to the image as possible. Following transfer paper instructions, iron it onto the piece of Templates Photocopy and enlarge 150%. fabric that will be the doorstop front (see pic A). 2 With right sides together and leaving a generous 1cm seam allowance, attach side pieces of fabric to front and back pieces, sewing down the long edges (see pic B). Press seams flat – this makes sewing the top and bottoms a little easier as the fabric is less bunched up. You should now have a box-shaped casing, with right sides of fabric facing inwards (see pic C). 3 To make the doorstop handle, sew the ribbon or burlap tape onto the right side of the top piece of fabric, positioning it centrally and ensuring the ribbon/tape has enough of an arch to make it easy to pick up. Sew across the seam a few times for added strength. 4 Keeping the fabric inside out, pin, then sew the top onto the sides, with the handle facing inwards. This part can be tricky, so take it slowly. 5 Repeat Step 4 to attach the base fabric, this time sewing three sides only. Turn doorstop casing right way out through the unsewn section. 6 Half full casing with batting or old cushion stuffing, pushing it to the top of the casing and into the top corners – this enables you to create a nice final shape without it being overly heavy. Now fill the rest of the casing with rice or alternative weighted filling. I used approximately 1kg rice (add more for a heavier finish). If using sand, place inside zip-up bags first so you don’t have any problems with leaking. 7 Once satisfied with the weight and shape of your doorstop, hand-stitch the open edge to close it and you are done!