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How to make fabric doorstops

Updated April 17, 2017

As foundations settle in old houses, door frames shift a bit and doors start to swing a bit looser on their hinges. Doorstops can be necessary to keep doors from swinging closed in tilted or draughty homes. It comes as no surprise then that doorstops have taken on a variety of shapes and sizes and have been made from a wealth of different materials to accentuate the decor of a given room. Fabric doorstops have a country flair and homespun charm that can't be beaten.

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  1. Select fabric that matches the colours of the room in which you plan to use your fabric doorstop. Choose two different patterns with complementary colours and a spool of ribbon in a matching colour palette.

  2. Fold one metre of fabric in half so the patterned side is facing inward and lay a dinner plate on top of the fabric. Trace the edge of the plate with a fabric marker. Remove the plate and set it aside.

  3. Cut the fabric out along the edge of the plate outline. You should have two matching, circular cuts of fabric when done. Set these aside.

  4. Measure the perimeter of the dinner plate with a tape measure. Add 2.5 cm (1 inch) for a seam and jot the result down. Measure the diameter of the dinner plate and jot the result down.

  5. Turn to the other yard of fabric. Measure out one strip of fabric with a length that matches your result for the dinner plate perimeter plus 2.5 cm (1 inch), and a width that matches your result for the diameter of the dinner plate. Cut out the strip.

  6. Lay the fabric strip on top of the fusible interfacing and cut a strip of the interfacing just 13 mm (1/2 inch) smaller on all sides than the fabric. Repeat with the two circles of fabric, cutting circles of interfacing 13 mm (1/2 inch) smaller on all sides.

  7. Position the rectangular interfacing on the inside (non-patterned side) of the rectangular strip of fabric so that a 13-cm (1/2-inch) margin of fabric borders the interfacing. Fuse the interfacing to the fabric with a hot clothing iron.

  8. Fuse the circles of interfacing to the inside (non-patterned side) of the fabric circles, leaving a 13-cm (1/2-inch) margin of fabric along the border.

  9. Roll the rectangular strip of fabric so the patterned side is facing in and the edges on the width side of the fabric meet. Leave the longer sides of the fabric rectangle open to attach the circles later. Do not fold the fabric or you will crease the interfacing. Run a quick stitch along the edge of the interfacing where the edges of the fabric touch on the side.

  10. Lay a circle of fabric on top of the rectangle (now a cylinder) of fabric so the patterned sides both face inward. Pin the edges of the circle to the edges of the rectangle along the fabric just above where the interfacing ends. Stitch together above the pins and remove the pins.

  11. Turn the cylinder right-side out so the patterned side is now visible on the outer side. Cut a strip of ribbon about 30 cm (12 inches) long and pin one end of the ribbon to the inner, perpendicular seam of the cylinder fabric (the seam you created when you stitched the rectangular fabric together). The ribbon should lie over the seam, parallel, about 2.5 cm (1 inch) below the opening of the cylinder. Stitch the end in place, then stitch the other end of the ribbon on the opposite side of the cylinder's opening. When finished, the cylinder should resemble a fabric bucket with a ribbon handle.

  12. Position the remaining fabric circle over the opening of the cylinder fabric-side out. Tuck the flaps of fabric on the circle inside the cylinder. Tuck the flaps of the fabric cylinder opening inside as well to create a neat seam. Pin the now-folded edges together along the perimeter of the circle being careful to leave the ribbon loose and open at the top.

  13. Stitch the circle to the cylinder as close to the folded edge as you can to minimise the visibility of the seam. Leave 5 cm (2 inches) open on one side for stuffing.

  14. Stuff the doorstop with rice until full.

  15. Tuck the fabric edges of the circle and the base inside and pin shut. Stitch the opening closed, again as close to the edge as possible to minimise the visibility of the seam.

  16. Tip

    You can also stuff your doorstop with dried split peas or a plastic-bag filled with playground sand.


    Be sure to use a thick, striated ribbon to ensure the most support when lifting the doorstop to position it. A satin ribbon would be apt to fray under the weight of the rice.

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Things You'll Need

  • 1 metre colourful fabric
  • 1 metre contrasting fabric
  • Matching ribbon
  • Dinner plate
  • Fabric marker
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Fusible interfacing
  • Clothing iron
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • 2.25 kg (5 pounds) dried rice

About the Author

Araminta Star Matthews began writing in 1994, and editing in 1998. She has been published in "Learning through History Magazine," "Dark Moon Digest" and the "Sandy River Review." She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Maine and National University respectively.

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