Door Stop Tutorial

My friend Ashton asked me to make her a door snake the other day, and I thought it would be a great little project to start me off on my craftsy journey!

You will need:
- Material
- Scissors
- Pins
- Rice
- Tape measure
- Sewing machine
- Iron & ironing board
- Something to assist you with filling the doorstop with rice

Step 1 - Measure & cut materail

You will need to decide how long you would like to make the door snake. I would suggest you make it slightly larger than your door to ensure it keeps all the cool air out. This one measured 1m (100cm) long and 21cm wide. A 1cm seam was included in these measurements.

Step 2 - Iron

This is an important step as you will need to get all of the creases out of the material. Most fabrics have a tag on the end of the roll that says how to iron / wash the material, so make sure you read this carefully before buying! In this case, the material needed to be ironed on the wrong side.

Step 3 - Fold in half & press

Before beginning to sew, you will need to fold it in half length-ways and pressed. This will mean you should not need to use pins whilst sewing.

Step 4 - Begin to sew

You can now sew up the bottom and side of the doorstop. Make sure you leave a 1cm seam on each side, and back stitch at the beginning of each side and at the top of the doorstop.

Step 5 - Turn inside out

Now you can turn your doorstop inside out. Make sure you try and get the corners out as much as possible.

Step 6 - Fill with rice!

This is the tricky bit. I would suggest using a funnel or something similar to help you fill the doorstop, otherwise the rice will go everywhere. I used just over 2 kilograms of rice to fill this one. You want to make sure the rice is compacted nicely inside.

Step 7 - Sew shut

You need to be careful that the rice does not fall out when completing this step. This bit may be easier sewing by hand, but if you want to use the sewing machine, I placed pins about 2 inches away from the top to ensure the rice stayed there. I then sewed the top up, once 1cm away from the top and then another row 0.5cm from the top to be sure no rice would escape!

And you are done!

Super quick and easy - look out for a few more tutorials / projects soon!

- J x

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