Time For Crafts! This Is How To Make A Doorstop With Style

We may take doorstops for granted, but there is no question that these small appliances play significant roles to keep our homes running. This may seem far-fetched, but they are needed wherever there are doors, and what room in your home doesn’t have a door? 

Set of vintage doorstops

Before you take your wallets out, hear us out. Why spend money on a functional yet stylish one when you can easily just make it instead? It’ll take a fraction of the cost, and it will be way more fun! As fun as making your own cushion covers or lavender bags. The best part is, all of these take no more than a couple of hours to make and all you need is already in your home! Keep reading to find out three ways to make your doorstops as well as other ideas. Let’s get crafty!

Why do I need a doorstop

Even though they are meant to stay closed, sometimes we need to keep a door open. If you’ve ever been around an active child or an angsty teenager, you know what we mean. Swinging doors can hurt a child. Slamming doors can hurt the wall. So what’s the solution? Two words: door stoppers. Read on to find out the several advantages of having one

1. Protect walls from damage

Doorstops act as speed bumps for doors. They break the momentum of a door being swung open to prevent the doorknob from implanting itself in the drywall. The impact of a door or doorknob against an adjacent wall can damage it and ruin its appearance. They act as a safeguard against that.

2. Childproof and pet-proof 

Getting a door slammed on your face is a painful experience for anyone, but it’s worse for children and pets. A casual breeze can cause doors to spontaneously close, perhaps on unsuspecting children and pets, causing them to get injured. In this case, it is best to keep doors open with doorstops.

Animal doorstop in baby's room

3. Home decor 

Contrary to what most people think, they don’t have to be ugly. You can buy or make stylish, personalised door stoppers to match your home decor. For example, you can use applique, pdf patterns, printable sewing patterns, or even crochet to jazz up your textile door stoppers. A decorative doorstop can supplement your home’s aesthetic to add a little pizzazz. 

4. More feasible than door wedges 

Door wedges, and even draft stoppers, do the same thing that doorstops do, but they cost less. Therefore, most people prefer to opt for them. However, door wedges and draft stoppers need just the right amount of friction to work. Not enough friction and they slip. Too much friction, and it becomes difficult to remove them. Not to mention, door wedges have less potential for personalisation. All things considered, doorstops are a better option. 

How to make a sailor’s knot door stop

Open any magazine, and you’ll find out that sailor’s knot doorstops are unique, chic, and trendy. Placing one of these next to your door is bound to get the door stopping job done, as well as guaranteeing you many compliments from family members and guests! 

Sailor's knot doorstop

Follow these instructions to make an easy DIY sailor’s knot doorstop. It needs a little practice, especially if you’re trying it for the first time, but it’s smooth sailing after that (pun intended).

The steps

  1. Take a rope made of burlap, sisal, or any other suitable material, with a length of 1.2-1.5m.
  2. Hold your palm horizontally in front of you and tie the rope vertically around your fingers three times
  3. Then, take the rope and tie it horizontally around the coils you’ve already made. Do this three times. You should end up with a figure 8
  4. Take the rope and pass it through the lower loop of figure 8. Then, pass the same rope through the upper loop of figure 8, followed by passing it through the lower loop again
  5. You should end up with a circular coil around the horizontal rope coils you’ve already made. Repeat step 4 to make two more coils with the rope.
  6. You now have the monkey’s fist sailor’s knot. Do not tighten the rope just yet.
  7. Take a tennis ball and make a 5cm slit in it using a knife or scissors.
  8. Fill the ball with rice, cat litter, pebbles, or any other appropriate weight
  9. Place the ball inside the knot you just made and start tightening the monkey’s fist knot by pulling at the rope’s ends. 
  10. To make a loop on the doorstop, cut the right end of the rope and jam it under the closest loops. Use the left end to make a U shape and then hot glue it to the loops or jam it under adjacent loops in the knot. There you have it, one sailor’s knot, ready to go! 

DIY door stopper from a pillowcase

I know what you’re thinking. A door stopper is only effective if it is sturdy enough to hold the door, so where does the pillowcase come in? Luckily, this DIY easy sewing project is an easy, fun, and environmentally conscious way to recycle old cases for pillows or fabric and save money! It’s time to buy new ones made of silk, don’t you think? Keep reading for the sewing tutorial

Doorstop from fabric holding wooden door

The steps

  1. To make this fabric doorstop, you’ll need a case for pillows or half a metre of any leftover fabric (e.g. tea towel). 
  2. To fill it, you’ll need cat litter or lentils and a steady hand for sewing. You can also use rice if you don’t have the other items at home, and if you’re feeling extra creative, you can scavenge your home for different foods, accessories etc., that resemble the qualities of cat litter. In other words, anything that has small grains that accumulate to become reasonably heavy. 
  3. You’ll need to cut the fabric into 7 pieces, 4 for the sides of the door stopper cube, 2 for the top and bottom, and one strip for the handle of the stopper.
  4. First, you must stitch the sides together, inside out, leaving a 1cm seam allowance
  5. Then, attach the bottom and top fabric to the sides, still inside out. It’s crucial that you leave a hole of around 4 cm between the last fabric you attach to the sides. It’s a good idea to leave the bottom for last so that any mistakes won’t be visible. 
  6. Finally, through the hole you left, pull the inside out again, so the outside fabric is where it’s supposed to be, and the raw edges of the fabric are hidden.
  7. Now, use a funnel or superhuman hand precision to pour your cat litter, rice or lentils into the door stopper cube until it’s filled completely.
  8. Stitch the hole you left, and add your handle piece to the top, and voila! Your simple DIY project is complete!

Soft toys as doorstop

Stylish pyramid doorstop tutorial

This is a neat play on the sewing tutorial from the last section, but instead of a cube, we’re going to make a pyramid one. Let’s get straight into it.

The steps

  1. Make a template. Measure and cut out a 16×16 cm square (this will be the base) and a triangle with a 16cm base and 16cm height.
  2. Use the template to cut out 1 square and 4 triangle pieces from your chosen fabric. Iron the fabric pieces once you’re done forming them.
  3. Pin and stitch the right sides of the triangle pieces together using a backstitch, leaving a 1cm seam allowance. Do the same for the other two pieces. 
  4. Stitch along both seams to secure all the triangle pieces together. 
  5. Take the base square piece and pin it to the bottom sides of the triangle pieces to create a pyramid shape. Start stitching from one corner, still using a backstitch, and sew all around till you’re about 6cm from your starting point.
  6. Turn out the fabric so it won’t be on the wrong side
  7. If you’d like, use a funnel and fill it by adding your chosen filling (cat litter, pebbles, rice, sand, and so on) to the 6cm space we left in step 5. 
  8. Close the seam using a ladder stitch. Voila! 

Using everyday items as stylish doorstops

Doorstops may seem to be mundane, everyday gadgets that you can live with or without. However, you can only notice the difference and addition to your home once you’ve added them to your doors. If the DIY project ideas above don’t fit your style or seem like too much effort, we have a couple more that might fit your needs. 

Wooden doorstop on laminate floor

If you’re looking for a simple yet functional one that can perform great and be barely noticeable, try a wooden option. This easy and efficient DIY gadget gets the job done in a few simple steps

The steps

  1. You’ll want a small block of wood, about 4x4cm, and you can easily use the scraps of a previous project or find it at a store. 
  2. Now, using a chop saw or any other machine suitable for cutting wood (reciprocating saws, mitre saws etc.), cut it at a 15-degree angle, so you get two pieces. Be very careful while using any cutting appliance.
  3. Your fabric doorstop is functionally ready, but who doesn’t love a few customisations? You can sand the wooden block for a smoother finish. Other additions can be a small rope attached to the side, which you can hot glue onto your doorstop template. Finally, you can customise your DIY fabric doorstop following an applique, some paint, stickers or even dress it by getting some free sewing patterns! Create away!

These nifty gadgets can be placed next to any door in the house to make your life easier. On top of that, they are excellent gift ideas for occasions like Christmas and housewarming parties due to their practicality. Making yours can also be a fun DIY crafts project that you use to pass your time, saving money in the process. So take out your sewing machine, or ropes, applique, imagination, and get crafting. Ready, set, doorstop!

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