Door stops keep your doors from slamming shut when you want to let the breeze in or when hauling things in and out of the house. Hardware stores sell hard plastic wedges that effectively do the job, but they aren't attractive. Use fabric scraps to construct a bean bag door stop that is more attractive than a plastic wedge and just as effective. Plop the completed bean bag door stop in front of any open door and relax knowing you won't be startled by a sudden slam.
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Things you need
- 1/4 yard sturdy fabric, such as corduroy or canvas
- 1-inch-wide flat, nylon webbing 6 inches long
- Sewing machine
- Straight pins
- Dried beans
Measure and cut six 4-inch squares from the fabric to make up the sides of a cube.
Heat both ends of the strip of nylon webbing with a lighter to seal the ends so they don't fray.
Line up one end of the nylon webbing with the edge of one of the fabric squares, butting the nylon webbing against the printed side of the fabric. Center the webbing along the edge of the square. Sew back and forth over the webbing, attaching it to the fabric with a straight stitch three times with a 1/4-inch seam.
Line up the other end of the nylon webbing with the opposite edge of the square, again centred along the edge, and sew it in place using the process described in Step 3. This creates a handle for the door stop.
Stack another fabric square on top of the handle square with the right sides of the fabric facing each other. Line up one of the edges where the handle is attached with one of the edges of the other square. Sew the two edges in place with a 1/2-inch seam.
Line up another fabric square with the opposing edge of the handle square. Sew these two pieces together with a 1/2-inch seam. You now have a row of three fabric squares with the handle square in the middle.
Attach another fabric square to one of the ends of the row of squares already made in the same manner used to join the first three squares together. It doesn't matter to which end you attach the fourth square.
Lay out the row of squares so it runs vertically in front of you with the handle square second from the bottom. Sew the two remaining fabric squares on either side of the second from the top square in the row. Sew them in place the same way you have done the rest -- with a 1/2-inch seam and the right sides of the fabric together when you line up the edges.
Lay out the cross shape you have made with the six squares of fabric with the right sides of the fabric facing up. Press all the seams flat.
Sew together the left edge of the top square and the top edge of the left square in the cross shape. Fold the top square down and to the left to line up the two edges. Repeat with the right edge of the top square and the top edge of the right square.
Sew together the bottom edge of the left square with the left edge of the handle square. Repeat with the bottom edge of the right square and the right edge of the handle square. You now have a cube with a flap (the bottom square in the cross) that you can flip open and close
Flip the flap closed and sew the side edges shut, leaving the third edge open. Turn the entire cube right side out.
Fill the cube with a single bag of dried beans. Turn the raw edges of the open edge in one-half inch. Slip stitch the edge closed.
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