How to sew door stops

Updated April 17, 2017

In the past, small statues were used as doorstops to create a buffer between the door knob and the wall. A fabric doorstop does the same job without the danger of damage and chipped paintwork. The door stop can be any shape or colour, but the fabric you use should be sturdy. Canvas or heavy cotton is ideal. If you choose a lighter woven fabric, you must back it with interfacing. Pick a patterned fabric for your simple square door stop and it will also help to decorate your room.

Create a pattern for the door stop. Draw a 15 by 15 cm (6 by 6 inch) square. Add 1.25 cm (1/2 inch) on each side for the seam allowance. Draw a 5 by 15 cm (2 by 6 inch) rectangle and add a seam allowance on each side.

Cut out the pattern pieces. Cut two squares and four rectangles from the fabric.

Reinforce lighter weight fabric with fusible interfacing. Cut two squares and four rectangles from the interfacing. Put the adhesive side of the interfacing on the wrong side of the fabric. Fuse the interfacing to the fabric by pressing down firmly using a steam iron and/or damp press cloth for 10 to 15 seconds.

Stitch the rectangular strips together. Sew the short sides end to end with the right sides together. You should have a large loop.

Sew the back panel to the sides. Match each corner of the square to a seam of the loop. Pin the loop of strips to the sides of the square, with the right sides together. Sew the pieces together. The resulting article should look like a shallow box.

Attach the front panel. Pin the second square to the four strips, but leave a 5 cm (2 inch) opening.

Fill and close the doorstop. Use a funnel to fill the door stop with sand. Pin the fabric together and hand sew with a slip stitch to seal the doorstop.


You can also use rice or dried beans to fill the doorstop.

Things You'll Need

  • 46 cm (1/2 yard) fabric
  • 46 cm (1/2 yard) heavyweight fusible interfacing
  • Steam iron
  • Press cloth
  • Straight pins
  • Polyester thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Funnel
  • Sand
  • Hand-sewing needle
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Rianne Clarke-Martin started writing in 2006. She has written for, and also for WNSR radio. Clarke has a Bachelor of Arts in media studies from The New School, and learned fashion-accessories design at the Fitness Institute of Technology.