This doorstop is so easy to make you don’t really need to bother measuring up, and there’s certainly no need for a pattern (I know, a what?)
If you’re buying fabric, you’re best to use something with a pattern so it’s less likely to show the dirt. And if you choose heavyweight or upholstery-weight cotton the doorstop will last longer. That said, it’ll work just as well with lighter cotton, mismatched fabric scraps from the bottom of your sewing bag, an old cushion cover or even a pretty top that’s seen better days. To fill it, use dry beans, pulses, or rice – or whatever you’ve got in the back of the kitchen cupboard.
One rectangle of fabric, about 30x40cm
One 30cm length of ribbon, apron tie or cord
A bag of rice or dried beans
A sewing machine, or a needle and thread
Step 1: Lay your fabric right-side facing down on the table, with the longest edges running horizontally to you. Take the top edge and fold it down towards you by a centimetre, then sew all the way along it, creating a hem.
Next, fold the whole piece of fabric in half with right sides together and the hemmed edge running along the top. Your folded-over rectangle should now have one (short) hemmed edge, one (long) folded edge and two unfinished edges (one short, one long). Sew along the two unfinished edges, about a centimetre in.
Step 2: You should end up with an inside-out ‘bag’ that opens at the top. Turn your fabric the right way around and push out the corners. Stand your bag upright and fill it with rice or dried beans – test the weight as you go, until you’re happy it’ll hold the weight of a door.
Step 3: Once you’re happy, bring the top hemmed edges together as per the photograph below – note the wedge shape of the bag, and where the seam is running (it’ll stand up better if it’s shaped this way). Pin your cord or ribbon in a loop in the centre, and pin and/or tack along the hemmed edges.
Step 4: Sew all the way along the top edge, closing the bag up and catching the cord as you go. That way you’ve got a handle for picking up the doorstop, which you can also use to hang it from the door when it’s not being used.
If you’ve got a bit more time on your hands, or if you’re using quite thin cotton, you might want to make an inner bag to hold the filling. Just follow the same method as above using any old piece of thin fabric (you won’t see it – I used an old curtain lining) and pop it inside the ‘proper’ doorstop at step 2. Then follow the rest of the steps as normal.