If you are looking for a quick, inexpensive housewarming gift for a friend's new home, consider making a doorstop. Everyone eventually needs a doorstop; not only can it make bringing in groceries from the car much easier, but it can actually help with the moving in process -- it's hard to open a door when your arms are full of boxes. A doorstop in a cute shape like a bunny is easy to make and you may even have everything you need at home.
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Things you need
- Sewing machine
- Sand or rice or dry beans
Draw a pattern. To make a bunny-shaped doorstop, draw a large rectangle at least 20 cm (8 inches) wide and 35 cm (14 inches) high on a sheet of newspaper. Curve the top end of the rectangle for the bunny's head. Cut out the pattern.
Find some fabric. Old jeans, an old shirt or sheet, or leftover fabric from another project will work just fine for your bunny doorstop project. If the fabric is new, machine wash and dry it before you use it.
Cut out the doorstop. Pin your pattern to the fabric and cut out two curved-end rectangles. Cut out two smaller rectangles 3.7 cm (1 1/2 inches) wide and 15 cm (6 inches) long for the ears. Cut out a rectangle 5 cm (2 inches) wide and as long as your bunny pattern is around -- both sides, the bottom, and the curved top, plus 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) longer for seam allowance.
Sew the bunny. Sew the 5 cm (2 inch) strip together at the short ends. Pin the strip all the way around the circumference of one large curved rectangle piece and sew, right sides together. Repeat with the other piece, but leave 2.5 cm (1 inch) unsewn at the top of the curve. Turn right side out.
Fill the doorstop. Sand is a good doorstop filler as it will not rot if it gets wet. If this is a bunny doorstop for an inside door like a bedroom door, you can use dry, uncooked rice or beans to fill the doorstop. Place the tip of the funnel into the unsewn hole and pour in the filler until the doorstop is filled. Sew the hole shut.
Decorate the bunny. Hem the ears by folding over 3 mm (1/8 inch) all the way around and iron. Repeat, and sew as close to the first folded edge as possible. Sew the ears to the head. Cut out felt eyes, nose, mouth and paws and hand stitch to the face and body. Your bunny doorstop is ready to do his job.
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