Simple Cube Door Stop Sewing Tutorial | How to make a Fabric Door Stopper at Home

Simple Cube Door Stop Sewing Tutorial | How to make a Fabric Door Stopper at Home

The Fabric Fox on 5th Jul 2016


How to make a Fabric Door Stopper at Home

Do you ever find yourself battling with a draught when you're lugging shopping bags through the front door, only for the door to swing shut on you? And don't get me started on the bins; I only have to step out for a second with the recycling and before I know it I'm locked out.

My solution? A DIY weighted door stop! So I decided to make my own fabric door stop using one of our cotton/linen canvas fabrics. The fabric photographed is no longer in stock but we have a beautiful range of Ruby Star Society cotton/linen canvas fabrics to choose from.

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Typewriters Canvas Merry from the Darlings 2 Collection by Ruby Star Society   Snip Snip Canvas Natural from the Darlings 2 Collection by Ruby Star Society

Heart Flower Canvas Caramel from the Unruly Nature collection by Ruby Star Society   African Daisy Canvas Sky from the Unruly Nature collection by Ruby Star Society

Why Cotton/Linen Canvas Fabric

Cotton/linen canvas is a medium-to-heavy weight fabric so it's durability is perfect for making something as hefty as a weighted door stop. You can find the right cotton/linen canvas fabric for your door stop  here.

What You Will Need

You won't need to download a door stop pattern or invest in a fabric door stop kit to make a door stop! All you will need is 1 Fat Quarter of your favourite cotton/linen canvas, 4kg of rice and our easy-to-follow instructions.

1 Fat Quarter can be cut into:

4 pieces of fabric measuring 6” x 8” / 15cm x 20cm (sides)

2 pieces of fabric measuring 6” x 6” / 15cm x 15cm (top and bottom)

1 piece of fabric measuring 6 ½“ x 3” / 16.5cm x 8cm (handle)

For the weighted filling:

Roughly 4kg of rice or dry beans


Sewing machine

Needle - If you don't have any lying around  this pack of 30 assorted needles by Korbond should do the trick

Thread - The colour you pick will depend on what fabric you use and this  value pack of 20 assorted Gutermann threads will give you somewhere to start from

Scissors/rotary blade - We recommend using  the Olfa 60mm deluxe rotary cutter



Funnel (for filling the door stop)

Quick Tips Before You Start

1. Use a strong fabric such as a cotton/linen or 100% cotton canvas as there will be a lot of pressure put on the seams.

2. Buy a big bag of cheap rice for the filling; don’t rely on what’s in your cupboard as you might find it’s not enough (like I did!)

3. Use a funnel for filling the doorstop as a spoon takes a long time (trust me, I learned the hard way!)

Weighted Fabric Door Stop Instructions


Start by taking the 4 pieces of fabric that make up the sides and pin them right sides together along the long edges to form a cube. Stitch along these edges leaving a ½ inch/1cm seam allowance.


Take the fabric for the handle and fold under ¼ inch/½ cm along both of the long edges and press with a hot iron. Then repeat this step again so that the raw edges are completely enclosed. Stitch along the fold on both sides.


Take the piece of fabric for the top and lay your handle on top in the centre with right sides facing up. Line the edges of the handle up with the edges of the square. This will create a natural raised curve in the handle. Stitch the handle in place.


Now you can attach the finished top to the sides. The right sides of the fabric for the top and sides should all be facing inside. Pin the pieces together and carefully sew around the whole square.


Repeat step 4 for the bottom piece however this time leave a 2 inch/5cm gap at the end so you can turn the fabric through.


Once you have turned it through you can fill it with either dry rice or beans then hand stitch the hole closed using a slip stitch.

Congratulations! You have now finished your DIY fabric door stop!

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