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.

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dec­o­ra­tive doorstops

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!

Pic A

Pic C

Pic B

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