Decorative Doorstops – How To Make a Doorstop Tonight

I love decorative doorstops as they’re so much more individual than store-bought ones and because you can make them for a fraction of the cost. Here’s how to make a doorstop, in simple illustrated steps.

You’ll need a sewing machine for this project, but the process is very simple, so I’ve rated this project as suitable for a beginner.

Decorative Doorstop Ideas

Here are some doorstops I made for a recent church fundraiser – we sold out in no time! The burlap one was made from an old coffee sack, all the fabric was recycled, with the denim coming from worn out old jeans. 

how to make a burlap doorstop

My son wanted a monster shaped doorstop for his bedroom, so we designed this one together. It was great fun working on the design and colours together. He was very particular about wanting the monster to have long horns!

doorstop monster

I made these owl doorstops for our church fair too, and sold every one. Once again, all the fabric I used was recycled, so they were very inexpensive to make.

Cute owl doorstops

Here’s the first doorstop I made, as a gift for someone very special in my family!

decorative doorstops

She adores butterflies so this pretty cotton print in her favourite green was the perfect choice for her. I love how it turned out!

Materials for this project

  • Scraps of strong cotton fabric (or you can use a lightweight fabric stiffened with interfacing)
  • Scissors
  • See through ruler
  • Pins
  • A reel of thread
  • Approx 1.5 kg of dried pulses or rice, or you could use some nice scented wood pellet cat litter!
  • Dried lavender is a nice touch I like to add!
  • 2 plastic food bags – small freezer bags are perfect


You’ll need to cut one main body piece, two each of the handle and end panels

Cut out one rectangular panel to make up the main body (mine was 19cm x 45cm), two rectangular panels for the top and bottom (13cm x 17cm) and two smaller rectangles to make up the handles (5cm x 15cm).

If you’re using thin material, you should also use interfacing to add strength.

Lay the two handle pieces together (right sides together), and stitch along the long edge of either side.

Turn right side out and press. Place to the side for later.

Handle: Stitching along the sides pre-turning.

Press 2.5cm seams around the outer edges of the main body and the top and bottom.

how to make a doorstop


Not including the 2.5cm seams, mark along the long side of the main body panel at 8cm then 12cm, and then again 8cm and 12cm in.

These are the dimensions of your main body. Press along these lines.

Line up the seams of the main body [right sides together] and stitch together along the long edge to form the body of the doorstop (without top or bottom at this stage).

The doorstop will be inside out at this stage.

Pin the handles to the centre of the short edges of the top and the top of the main body, with raw edges matching.

Keeping your pieces inside out, pin all four sides of the top panel to the top of the cube (still inside out), making sure that the handle is tucked away out of sight.

Watch out, as this is the fiddly bit!

Stitch along the seams to make your doorstop.Stitch along these four sides (making sure you double stitch over the handles for strength). Stitching these seams can be quite fiddly. Start by sewing along from one corner (of the two pressed seams, with raw edges matching up) all the way along to the next (where the pressed folded corners meet).

Keep the needle down, lift the presser foot, shift all the fabric through and lay the next two sets edges down so that your raw edges are matching, and stitch along this next edge. Repeat until all four edges are sewn up.

Repeat step 8 for the two long edges and one short edge for the bottom panel to the bottom of the main body.

Turn the right way round.

Place a plastic bag (like a food freezer bag) inside and start to fill with rice. I use about 1.5kg.

It takes a bit of pouring, shuggling (sure is should be a word!), patting down, pouring again and some more shuggling to make sure the rice fills out the main body. When it’s full, tie a good knot in the top of the bag, and tuck the knot in on itself within the rice body so it’s out of the way.

Blind stitch the final seam closed.

decorative doorstops

Here’s another one I made for that church fair,

Did you try making these decorative doorstops? I’d love to see how yours turned out





  1. Tania | 16th May 17

    Love all these doorstops – especially that funny monster one! Do you have a pattern for this?

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