I found myself in need of a doorstop recently and the thought came to me that I probably had everything I needed to make one on hand.  I went out to the garden shed and sure enough I found an old paver, I was looking for half a brick, but thought a whole paver would have to do.  I found a piece of old towel, which had recently been retired, after twenty years of service, a piece of left over fabric, pins, needle, thread and scissors and went to work.  Half an hour later, problem solved I had a lovely doorstop!  So I thought I’d share my method!

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Place brick or paver on old piece of towel and cut to size, imagine you are wrapping a gift and cut towel accordingly.

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I trimmed my piece of towel again to make the ends less bulky.

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Wrap paver and then pin to hold (I actually trimmed these ends again because they were still a bit bulky).

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Place wrapped paver on fabric and cut to size, leaving plenty of fabric so you can cover the paver easily, excess fabric is not such a problem since it won’t be bulky when folded.

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Hand sew towel ends in place and remove pins.

 

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Wrap paver in fabric as if wrapping a present, may have to fiddle a bit to get corners to sit neatly.

 

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Remove pins which were holding ends and now place them to hold this side of the fabric down.

 

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Do the same thing on the other side.

 

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Fold raw edge under and pin in place.

 

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Hand sew around the folded edges.

 

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Voila, you’re done!

 

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My lovely new doorstop, a bit plain but it does the job!  The laundry mat is also a recycled towel, I just cut off the ripped part and folded it over to make it double thickness. Then I sewed the two pieces together, turned it inside out and finished it off with a few patches to add a bit of colour.  It works really well because it is nice and easy to wash.