Homemade Doorstop Tutorial

I live in a trailer that apparently doesn’t sit level.  I have 3 doors that won’t stay open on their own.  So I decided to make some kind of doorstop.  I couldn’t find a pattern for one that was quick and easy enough for my taste, so I decided to make one.  Feel free to make your own!  Any questions, just ask in the comments section.

You will need:

A scrap of any kind of fabric (I used a piece of upholstery scrap) approx 20 inches square (or smaller if you are creative with your spacing)
1 lb of small dry beans, pebbles, rice, or popcorn kernels
Scissors or rotary cutter
Needle and thread

First, make a template of a triangle.  Each side should be 5.5 inches.  I used a piece of freezer paper and ironed it directly onto my fabric. If using freezer paper, iron shiny side towards fabric.  You could also use a piece of cardboard and just cut around it.

Triangle with 5.5 inch sides all around

Freezer paper ironed onto fabric (shiny side to fabric)

Next, cut a square of fabric 5.5 inches.  If you do not have a quilter’s ruler, you can make a template on a piece of cardboard and cut around it.

Cut fabric square 5.5 inches

You will cute ONE square and FOUR triangles.

One Square, four triangles

Now take two triangles and put them right sides together.  Sew along one edge.  Press seams open. Repeat with other two triangles.

Sew triangles along one edge, press seams open

Take a scrap piece of fabric (mine was 2.5×5.5 inches)

Use scrap piece of fabric for handle

Fold sides in to middle (I pinned it so you could see what I was doing.

Fold sides in to center

Fold again in half.  Now sew along both edges.

Fold in half

Sew along both edges

Place the triangle pieces right sides together and pin in place.  Fold your handle piece in half and insert in the INSIDE of the triangle pieces. Sew along pinned edge.

Pin one edge of triangles and sew.

This is what your sewn piece looks like so far.

Place your square piece, right sides together, and line it up with one edge.  Pin and sew.

Pin square piece, right sides together, to the piece

Repeat for 3 sides.  When you get to the forth side, leave a small opening for turning and filling.

Leave a small opening on the fourth side for turning and filling

Turn right side out by pushing it through that hole.  Use a pencil or turning tool to get the corners out.  Fill almost to the top with whatever filling you choose. Turn the edges of the hole under about a quarter inch, pin, and hand stitch shut.

turn edges under and pin closed, then hand stitch

Viola!  You have a homemade doorstop.  Quick, easy, and cheap!  And you can make them in whatever fabrics you wish to match your decor.

Finished doorstop

Doorstop in use

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. naispaliesk
    May 26, 2010 @ 22:58:26

    Just want to say what a great blog you got here!
    I’ve been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work!

    Thumbs up, and keep it going!

    Cheers
    Christian, iwspo.net

  2. Amy McGrady
    Jun 11, 2010 @ 16:54:30

    Thanks Christian 🙂

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