Pyramid Doorstop Tutorial

All it took was just one stitch blog posted this tutorial in 2008 – her blog has been off line due to tragic circumstances. I will take this tutorial down as soon as I see that she has added it back because this is only in response to demand, there is no intention to copy or more importantly upset Rachael. Thanks

pyramid doorstops



You will need

  • Cotton Fabric
  • medium weight iron-on interfacing – if using a heavyweight cotton there is no need for this
  • ribbon, or twill tape or a tassel (I made my own – I’ll show you how later)
  • cardboard – I used a cereal box
  • ruler and pen
  • sewing machine, iron, scissors
  • rice to fill. (Please note rice can attract vermin, I have not had a problem with mine but another sewer has. You may wish to use baking beans, pea gravel, or some other non food filling which is heavy enough to stop a door)


Make a template out of cardboard.

Base 15.5cm x 15.5cm

sides: a triangle, 15.5cm base and 15.5cm peak


Cut 1 base and 4 sides out of the cotton fabric.

Cut 1 base and 4 sides out of the iron-on interfacing if using

Cut a 14cm length of ribbon, or twill tape or tassel to use as the handle. Or cut a piece of cotton fabric 10cm x 6 cm


If you are making your own handle and not using ribbon etc. Fold the 10 x 6cm piece of fabric in half length ways, wrong sides together and iron.


Open it out. Fold in the sides to the centre mark.


Fold over again so the raw edges are encased and sew along the edges


Fuse the interfacing to the cotton fabric as per packet instructions.


Join 2 triangles along one of their long edges, right sides together, with a small straight stitch

Iron your seams open

Repeat with the other 2 triangles


Join the triangles together, right sides together, placing the folded in half piece of ribbon in the centre of the peaks, inside the piece, (raw edges all facing out)


Press open the seams and clip points to reduce bulk.


With right sides together join the base, one side at a time. This bit is a bit tricky so take your time. LEave an opening along one side to turn it the right way and to fill it with the rice.

Turn your doorstop right sides out and fill with rice. Hand sew the opening closed.

Now go stop a door, your done!!

42 thoughts on “Pyramid Doorstop Tutorial

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  2. Saw the original pattern last year. Made several for friends at Christmas in lovely Christmas fabric. Have now sent this on to a friend in England. Thanks for re-producing the pattern.

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  4. I couldn’t get the square base to “shore” up with a triangle base. So, for my second door stop, I used another triangle as a base and increased the size of all f triangles to 8″. The triangle base was so much easier… thanks for sharing and putting me on the right path =) cute website too!

  5. Thanks so much for this tutorial its the best one I’v seen. Easy to read instructions and no annoying zips young children can get into! Have posted a link from my blog, if you want to see mine please stop by and have a look! xx

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  7. I loved this pattern and instructions. Thank you so much as my daughter saw one of these door stops and wanted me to make it. Thanks to you I will be able to.

  8. I was searching MSN and I came across your website. I am very glad I did, you have a lot of very good information here. I also love your layout, you have made it very simple to find everything. I have bookmarked your site and I will return shortly. Keep up the great work. Thanks

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  10. Wonderful. Simple, easy to follow pattern. You have inspired me to make 4 so far! However, as suggested I didn’t use rice, used
    fine pea gravel from the garden washed and dried.
    Thanks again. Any more suggestions?

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  12. My daughter needed to do a model of the pyramid at Giza for social studies class. Guess who’s going to get the extra points for creativity? LOL She told her teacher we were sewing one, and never before has a sewn pyramid been submitted. Thanks for the tutorial and the A+.

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  16. Thanks so much for the step-by-step instructions…. I decided to put a zip in so I can send these to friends. For those wishing to do that, just make sure you push the zipper-pull right in, so that it’s out of sight and that way no temptation by little hands to whip it open 🙂

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  20. Thank you for your very clear step by step instructions. I used them to make a cube doorstop for a friend. It’s the first thing I have ever made using a sewing machine and I am delighted with the result. I am not sure it would have been as successful without your guidance. Can’t wait to start my next project!

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