Sewing Instructions for Door Hangers

Updated April 17, 2017

As you browse through gift shops and home decorating centres, you will find door hangers that can be used as a decorative touch in your home Door hangers can be used to herald the holidays, personalise a child's room or welcome guests to your home. They are often made of fabric and can be made with minimal supplies and sewing skills.

Sketch the shape of your door hanger using pencil and paper. A square or rectangle will be the easiest to work with, but you can make creative shapes like a star, heart or cloud. When drawing a paper pattern, keep the overall size to less than 6 inches in length or width so the hanger will not interfere with opening or closing the door.

Fold the fabric down the middle to create a double layer of fabric. Pin the pattern to this double layer and cut around the pattern edges with the scissors. Save the leftover fabric for other projects.

Embellish or print a message on one of the fabric pieces using the fabric pens. Since the ink is permanent, protect the surface you are using by putting paper under the fabric. Use darker colour ink so the image will be visible. You can write such things as "Happy Holidays," "Welcome To Our Home" or "Shhh - Little Angel Sleeping." Leave a 1-inch margin on all sides, so the design will not be caught in the seam.

Pin fabric pieces together, matching edges, with the wrong side of the fabric facing outward. Stitch a 1/2-inch seam with a stitch length of 3.5 to 4 all the way around, leaving a 2-inch opening on the side or bottom. Turn the assembled fabric right side out.

Fill the door hanger to desired fullness with polyester fiberfill. Use a chopstick or knitting needle to work the stuffing into all the corners and curves. Hand stitch the opening closed with small stitches.

Fold the ribbon in half and attach the two loose ends approximately 1 inch down and in from the top and sides on the back of the door hanger. Use small stitches or fabric glue to attach the ribbon ends.


Door hangers can be embroidered by hand or machine, if desired. Variations also include using rickrack, lace, buttons and contrasting fabrics and ribbons. You are only limited by your imagination.


Always use caution when working with a sewing machine. Keep your hands away from the needle or other moving parts that could cause injury.

Things You'll Need

  • paper and pencil
  • 1/4 yard of pastel fabric
  • fabric pens
  • straight pins
  • matching thread
  • polyester fiberfill
  • 1/2 yard of decorative ribbon or braid
  • sewing machine
  • fabric glue (optional)
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After grading students' compositions for many years, Valerie Anders has retired from the classroom. She began writing professionally in 2010 with several articles published in the "Pender Post." Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science from Florida State University and graduate courses at Auburn University and Bob Jones University.