This simple and easy to make doorstop would be the perfect accessory to any house. I’ve provided you with the basic instructions but feel free to jazz it up (applique, ribbon,beads etc). I would love to see what you’ve come up with!
End dimensions – 6″ x 6″ x 6.5″ (approx)
You will need:
– 3 fat quarters
– weighting (I used black eyed beans – available in the international aisle of UK supermarkets)
Fabric A is used for two sides of the doorstop and the handle (stripes), fabric B is used for the remaining two sides (toadstools) and fabric C is used for the base and top (polka dot).
1. From fabric A cut two pieces 7.5″ x 6.5″ (body pieces) and one piece 8″ x 3″ (handle). From fabric B cut two pieces 7.5″ x 6.5″ (body pieces) and from fabric C cut two pieces 6.5″ x 6.5″ (base and top).
2. Placing right sides together stitch the body of the doorstop by joining the longest edge of alternating the body pieces to form a tube using a seam allowance of 0.5″ (this is the same throughout) starting and finishing 0.5″ from the top and bottom. Press seams open.
3. Press the handle piece in half length ways to form a crease before opening it up and folding the edges into the middle. Then fold in half again (folded into 4). Top-stitch down each side.
4. Find the middle of the sides of fabric B (either using a tape measure or by matching up the seams) and pin the handle matching the raw edges. Either tack this in place or run a line of stitching using the sewing machine close to the edge. Be careful not to twist the strap!
5. Pin the top piece to two opposite sides (right sides together) and stitch, again leaving 0.5″ at each end.
6. Repeat for the remaining two sides. If you have small holes in your corners lengthen the seams making sure to go backwards and forwards a couple of times to strengthen it. Finger press seams open.
7. Repeat step 5 for the base however make sure you stitch the seams on fabric B (same sides as the handle is attached).
8. Stitch one other side completely and on the remaining side leave a gap in the middle of the seam (so you can stuff it!)
9. I used a mixture of stuffing and torn up wadding to pad around the edges of the door stop before filling the middle with black eyed beans – the amount you put in will depend on how heavy you want your doorstop to be.
10. Pin together the hole and carefully slip-stitch it closed.