Saturday, January 3

Door Stopper Tutorial...for Christmas 2009

Here's my tutorial for a pretty door stopper...may suit someone as part of Getting Organized for Christmas 2009...
Just this past week, Dh and I were locked out of the house...the door slammed shut behind us!
The only way in was through the roof...lift a few tiles, climb in and jump down into the house from the manhole!

As DH is not well enough to get up on the roof, much to his embarrassment I had to ask a young neighbour to help us out...this young man was so kind to do the deed for us, we can never thank him enough.
Now what I should have done was pop one of my door stoppers on the door and this would not have happened... also saves little fingers getting slammed in the door.

You can copy this one and do a pretty embroidery on the hearts , or just fussy cut in pretty fabric to suit your decor and leave off the embroidery...
To see the pattern better... Click on this picture, and it will come up really big, hopefully actual size.

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
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 feather stitch as shown in picture, then with one strand of the Gold floss add a two wrap French knot to tips of the feather stitch.
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 door stopper is now ready to go on your door.
Tie the door stopper onto both doorknobs with a pretty bow.
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!

A lovely decorator piece, enjoy.....♥


  1. Oh Julia! That is so lovely and I will definitely be making some of these wonderful door stoppers!!!

    This will be great for gifts!

    Your work is so wonderful.


  2. What a pretty & unique gift idea. Thanks.

  3. What a great idea for children's rooms. I've always got the slightly ajar so I can check on them, if there is a slight breeze they make noise and wake them up. Mildred is right, what a good gift idea, especially for a new baby.

  4. this is THE cutest and functional project i have seen in a long time!! thanks so much for sharing it!

  5. Wonderful idea. My son had the top cut off one of his fingers, when a door was shut on it. I am always fearful of slamming doors!

  6. Awesome idea there Julia! Never heard of that kind of a door stop! Thanks for the tute! 8-)

  7. I think this would make a great needlebook, too. Thanks! Glad you have your socks. They look great!


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