DIY Doorstop with handle

April 14, 2019

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.

15 comments so far.

15 responses to “DIY Doorstop with handle”

  1. Gail B says:

    Your doorstop is so cute! Thank you for the detailed instructions. You make it look so easy.

  2. Kaile says:

    Creative design.Perfect upcycle of denim.

  3. Susan says:

    I love the design and yes I’m also a denim kind of gal. This is definitely on my to do list!! Thanks for the pattern!!

  4. Vicky says:

    You are very welcome Susan 🙂

  5. Being made from denim, your doorstop will be very hard wearing, Vicky. I know I tend to move doorstops with my feet, shoes and all. Another great way to reuse denim jeans!

  6. Susan August says:

    A woman after my own heart!! Most of what I sew has denim somewhere and this pattern is great!! Wind here can get pretty strong so I’ll probably fill mine with coarse sand but in a liner so that I can wash the bag easier (did same thing with my draft blockers). I’ll let you know how it works out. you’re the best. Thanks again

  7. Vicky says:

    Ooh, loving the idea of a liner

  8. Susan August says:

    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??

  9. Susan August says:

    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

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

  11. Mooslie says:

    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.

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