I finally made some time to sew another doorstop and take photos along the way so you could make one too. What I like about this project is the flexibility to use scraps of fabric, an orphan stitchery or small quilt block, to create something pretty for your home. And though I call it a door stop the one I made a couple of weeks ago has taken up residence on a window sill in the recently made-over laundry because I love looking at it!
Here's the one I'm talking about...
(the Peace stitchery pattern is HERE)
So let me tell you about the one I made this week. Initially I was just going to use one fabric in order to show you the steps as it doesn't matter how you make up the front or back, just as long as the measurements of the final sack is correct, but this was going to be used in my home, so it seemed only right to create a door stop I really liked.
That led to a relaxing cuppa break with pencil and paper in hand, and soon I had a very simple little vase of applique flowers ready to use. If you want to use this free design use the link below.
You can get as creative as you like with your own door stop and may even find yourself making a few extras as most homes have at least two doors to the outside world, plus they make lovely gifts - all you need to remember is to make your outer sack 8.5" x 21"
I dug into my scraps box after choosing the pale aqua tonal print for the main section, adding extra lengths down the side and across the top to bring the size up to 8.5" x 21"...
By folding the outer sack in half you can work out where the applique goes (if you're planning to use it) so the next step would be to trace the design, fuse the applique shapes in position and either fuse or baste some scrap quilt wadding behind it.
I machine quilted before I began the applique ...
Threads were chosen to blend with my fabrics...
I chain stitched around most of the applique shapes after the blanket stitch was done.
The little leaves have blanket stitch up the centre to fill one half and I satin stitched the other half of the leaf.
Once you've finished the applique and embroidery trim away the excess quilt wadding from the sack.
Fold the sack in half and sew up both sides with a 1/4 inch seam...
Draw a 3/4 inch square in each corner (this will be 1" from the sides because of the 1/4 inch seam) and 3/4 inch up from the fold.
Cut out the corners you've drawn.
Fold the cut corner flat so that the side seam is in the centre and pin...
Sew across the corner with a 1/4 inch seam. Repeat with the other corner.
This is what I call 'boxing' the corners because it allows the sack to sit up securely once it's filled.
Turn right side out...
Fold in the top edge by 1/2 an inch and press to make a hem for later. It won't stay folded at this point but it will help you later as the fabric now has a pressed line you can use as a guide when we complete the door stop.
Fill a plastic bag with rice. Around 1.5 to 2 kilos (3.5 - 4.5 pounds) is great because it's the right weight and size for a door stop.
You could use kitty litter or dried beans but the weight will be different so you'll have to work with the size you need to 2/3 fill the sack.
Place the bag of rice inside the sack.
Now we make the handle. This is a 2.5" x 12" length of fabric, folded in half lengthwise and raw edges sewn together with a 1/4 inch seam. Turn right side out, press, and fold in the narrow ends by a 1/4 inch. Slip stitch the open ends closed.
Sew the handle in place on both sides of the sack with buttons, about 2 inches below the top edge.
Draw in the sides by around 1/2 an inch after folding down the previously pressed hem and secure the fold with a few stitches.
Pin or use binding clips to hold the folded hem closed across the top of the sack before slip stitching the opening closed.
And that's it!
You now have a sweet door stop for your home.
While you're here today, can I show you the new set of patterns for the April issue of my Faith In Hand Stitchery Club?
These are the 3 designs inside the April issue which will be emailed to Club members on March 31st...
Each month I include a simple bonus project for displaying one of the completed stitcheries. In this issue we'll be making a table runner.
Psalm 118:24 - When my children were little we'd sing this song each morning because I found it to be a wonderful reminder for them that each day the Lord gives us is a gift to be cherished and they should look for reasons in their day to rejoice and be glad in it.
The kids are all grown and have families of their own now but I often find myself singing this same verse as I go about the early morning business of preparing breakfast for my dear husband.
It seemed only natural to take Psalm 118:24 a little further this year and design a colourful double ended table topper...
This sweet framed affirmation of where our hope truly lies can be appliqued or hand embroidered, but however you make it rejoice that you're sharing a promise from the Lord which will never be broken.
Proverbs 31:10-12 - This passage of Scripture is very personal to me because many years ago I cried out to the Lord for guidance in my blessed role as wife to the love of my life. I wanted to not only honour him, but also to honour God in how I lived out such a responsibility.
These scriptures were carved across my heart that day and have never left my day to day thoughts; they guide and direct my attitudes, plans and purpose.
The fruit from living them out is abundant, for my husband tells me every day how much he cherishes and loves me...and this should come as no surprise, for it's a promise from God's Word.
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