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DIY Doorstop with handle

If you are a regular reader you know I love working with old jeans, the fabric is hardwearing, so versatile and free! – the perfect material for my DIY doorstop. With this version of the doorstop I have added a leather handle, using different tones of jean to add interest to the finished DIY.

Learn how to make this upcycled denim DIY doorstop - its super easy with this step by step sewing tutorial. #freepattern #denim


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DIY Doorstop with handle

  • Two main panels 10 by 8″
  • Two side panels 10 by 5 1/2″
  • Top 8 by 5 1/2″
  • Two pieces for the bottom 8 by 3″
  • Zip 8″ long
  • Leather scrap for handle 1 by 6″
  • Fusible fleece

Cut out your supplies, I started with the leather handle.

Cut out fusible fleece for all shapes and fuse to denim (follow the manufacturers instructions)

Baste the leather handle to the middle of the long sides of the top piece of denim.

Let’s sew the zip in next. Place the wrong side the zip to the right side of one of the bottom denim pieces and pin in place. Stitch to secure.

Repeat for the second side of the zip. Press.

Sew the doorstop together, starting with the top place right sides together so one side of the top is aligned with the top of one of your side pieces. Stitch a 5/8 seam allowance.

Ensure each side panel is stitched to the top piece and the side piece next to it. It helps with the corners if you stop each seam 5/8″ before the end.


Finally, sew in the base,  ensure the zip is partially undone so you can turn right sides out.

Turn right side out a and fill with a suitable filling.

My gorgeous DIY doorstop wended its way to Amsterdam to be filled with sand – not heard as yet how the sand has panned out, personally, I would fill the doorstop with rice or lentils, less chance of spillage! I have to admit this doorstop is a vast improvement on my first door stop for my sister-in-law. If your home needs a heavy doorstop then this beach washed brick doorstop is for you.

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Tuesday 11th of August 2020

Love it so I made one! I wish I could show you a picture, I even learned to use piping down the 4 sides. Thanks for sharing.


Friday 14th of August 2020

I LOVE the idea of piping down the sides.

Pam @Threading My Way

Tuesday 28th of May 2019

Hi Vicky, I've featured your denim door stop and a few other denim projects in a roundup today.

Susan August

Thursday 16th of May 2019

Got it--Went 3 sides of s square and yes i'll save it to Pinterest as well. Thank you so much for your response


Thursday 23rd of May 2019

Thanks so much, I love any saves on Pinterest :)

Susan August

Thursday 16th of May 2019

This is just what I'm looking for unfortunately I can't download this or save it anywhere--help--also how full to you fill it??


Thursday 16th of May 2019

You can fill it with lentils or rice. Have you thought of saving the article to Pinterest? Vicky


Tuesday 7th of May 2019

Ooh, loving the idea of a liner

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