Tuesday, July 24

Twin Hearts Door Stopper...Free Tutorial

You must be tired of looking at my quilts by now...here's a little door stopper for you to make.
Makes a great gift with Christmas coming up fast.
I also have one on my dining room french door, and believe me it has saved the glass from breaking many times...when I open the front door and a gust of wind catches the dining room door, slamming it shut!
Sorry the picture is a bit blurred...enjoy.


To see the pattern better... Click on this picture, and it will come up really big,

FINISHED SIZE: 25cm x 15cm (10in x 6in)

Stitches Used: Stem stitch rose, Ribbon stitch buds, Lazy daisy stitch, Featherstitch, French knots, straight stitch, Ladder-stitch

Requirements: 20cm Dusty Pink Pinwale Cord Fabric
20cm Pellon
1 metre Dusty Pink about 1cm wide Double Sided Satin Ribbon
Small amount of Polyester filling
Pencil
Template plastic
15mm Button
No. 20 Chenille needle for the ribbon work
No. 8 Crewel needle for the thread work
No. 8 Straw needle for the French knots
BUCILLA Silk Ribbon: 1 card each of 7mm Blue(600), Light Pink(544) and Cream (501)
DMC Embroidery Floss: 1 Skein each of Green 319 and Gold
Sewing thread to match fabric
General machine and hand sewing requirements

Please read all the instructions carefully before commencing

CUTTING: Make a template of the twin hearts from the design out of the template plastic.
sorry, I can't post the actual size up here, but you may be able to judge the size by the finished measurements and draw a template up your self

From the fabric, cut out two twin heart shapes, one being for the front and one for the back.
Use the pencil to mark in the main flower placements by dotting the spots where they are to go..... The rest is worked freehand.
I like to work freehand as much as possible...then there are no lines and marks to worry about covering

EMBROIDERY: Tack pellon onto the back of the twin hearts to be embroidered.
Stem stitch Roses: Place the 15mm button on the flower placement marks and draw around button with pencil.
Thread the chenille needle with the Blue 7mm silk ribbon and stem stitch in the rose, working from the outside in towards the centre.

Branch out with the same ribbon and ribbon stitch in a group of three buds. Refer to coloured photo.
Work the other stem stitch roses in the same manner using the Pink 7 mm ribbon and the Cream 7mm ribbon also adding buds as before.
Connect the buds to the roses by working a straight stitch in each bud and a fly stitch with an extended holding stitch to form the stem of the bud. Work in a few lazy daisy leaves among the buds and the roses.

To highlight the embroidery. With one strand of the Green DMC (319) thread, work in the featherstitch as shown in picture, then with one strand of the Gold floss add a two wrap French knot to tips of the featherstitch.
TO MAKE UP THE DOORSTOPPER
Cut the satin ribbon in half.
Fold one piece in half and pin the folded end in place at the side of the heart as marked on the design sheet. Refer to photo
Stitch in place to secure. Repeat the same for the other side.
Use small safety pins to pin the ribbons in out of the way so they don’t get caught up in the stitching when sewing the hearts together.
Lay the embroidered piece on the table right side up, place the back piece on top right sides together.
With matching thread, machine stitch a ¼ inch seam right around the outside of the twin heart shape, leaving the two openings as marked on the design sheet.
Clip around the curves and turn the piece through one of the openings to the right side.
Remove the safety pins and with a blunt object carefully poke out the heart points.
With matching thread, machine stitch in the dividing curved line between the two hearts as shown on the design sheet
Refer to the photo
Stuff the twin hearts with polyester fill to a nice rounded shape and ladder-stitch the two openings close.

The twin heart doorstopper is now ready to go on your door.
Tie the doorstopper onto both doorknobs with a pretty bow.
A lovely decorator piece.

Copyright: Ribbonwiz (c)

9 kind people said..:

JK said...

Hey sweetie! Haven't been by to see you in awhile, and you have been busy! Awe hon that was so kind of you to share that pattern with everyone. I have downloaded it and now that I am caught up on all my swaps and RR's, I am going to make this for Me, Me, Me!! Thanks again hon for doing this for everyone.

loulee1 said...

What a great idea! I've admired Pam Kelloggs door stops for a while, but hers seem to be just decorative, yours is decorative and functional. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Gerry said...

What a fun and creative project. Thank you for the tutorial.

Rissa said...

Who could ever get tired of your quilts? Love the project, very clever. :-)

Sandie said...

Brilliant idea Julia, looks gorgeous and saves doors banging and glass breaking! Thank you for sharing. Took a peek at your quilts too, love the table cloth one ....

Micki said...

A wonderful little piece. Great tutorial, thank you so much for sharing.

Susan said...

the first thing I thought was what a great needlebook this shape would make. I must have them on the brain!

I'm never tired of looking at your quilts. =)

entreartes said...

Thank you for the tutorial. It´s just a creative project

gbrial said...

Hi, I've used your tutorial to make some door stops and I just like them. They don't remain on the floor catching dust... I've also added a link to your blog on mine : http://sewingpot.blogspot.fr/. Thanks a lot for this idea ! See you !