Drawstring Doorstop Tutorial

This morning as it is cold and raining I decided to sew myself a doorstop for our back door.I was given recently some embroidery bits that I had done when I was about ten and I wanted to use them in some way,so I decided to incorporate them in with the doorstop.It is a very simple drawstring design but you do need to use some robust fabric (I used denim) to make this.I think its pretty and practical and it has a bit of me sewn into it…
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You will need :-
2 pieces of heavyweight fabric measuring 15 cm x 30 cm
2 pieces of contrasting fabric (I used an embroidery piece) measuring around 17 cm (down) by 30 cm (across)
30 cm of cord or ribbon
pins and needles
matching thread
sewing machine
hollow fibre filling
big bag of the cheapest rice

1) take your 2 pieces of main fabric facing wrong side up and across the top of each piece fold down a 4 cm flap then press and pin,this will be the channel for treading your cord through.Sew along the edge leaving the ends open and enough room to thread your cord later.
2)now take your contrasting pieces of fabric and if you have any raw edges top and bottom,press them and pin down (like you did in step 1).Lay them right side up onto your main pieces of fabric and pin in place,then with your matching thread machine in place top and bottom (don’t worry about the side as they get sewn in later)
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3)lay your fabric pieces right sides facing and when lined up pin and then sew together starting just below your channel (as this needs to be left open) down the side,across the bottom and up the other side,locking your stitches at the start and end.
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4)clip your 2 bottom corners across and turn in the right way,pushing your corners out with a blunt pencil.
5)get your cord or ribbon and thread threw your channel. The easiest way to do this is to attach a safety pin to the end of your cord and gently feed through.
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6)get a strong carrier bag and fill with rice and seal the top with sticky tape.Pop in to your fabric cover and add some hollow fibre filling,pull the drawstring together and tie in a double bow to secure. Voila one doorstop all done and ready to use…
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Anyway I am going to go and have an early lunch and then more sewing this afternoon šŸ™‚ Tabitha


6 Comments Add yours

  1. Creatopath says:

    Cute. I was wondering what was inside it when I first saw it. A bag of rice would definitely keep any door open.

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    1. Well you can use sand instead if you want to šŸ˜Š That is heavier !!

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  2. I love the way you have incorporated your childhood embroidery, what a great way to use it! x

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    1. Thank you šŸ™‚

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  3. Very cute! šŸ™‚

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