Chicken Doorstop Tutorial

My stats show a number of people coming to my site via google looking for a chicken doorstop and only getting a pyramid doorstop. Now that didn’t seem right to me so I have had a bash at writing a tutorial for one of those cute and funky chicken doorstops. Hope you like it. If you have a go please let me know if there are any mistakes and I will try and remedy. Happy Sewing.

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Supplies

Template  – Chicken Door Stop pdf

( you need to click on the doorstop file again when it goes to the next page – you should then get the PDF to come up)

cardboard – I use an old cereal box

scissors – paper and fabric

sewing machine – although you could  hand stitch it

fabric

scraps of red and yellow felt, 

2 x small buttons for eyes, or you could sew with a dark coloured embroidery floss

rice or another suitably heavy filler that will hold your door open

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Now let’s get started.

Print 2 copies of the template, and glue it to some cardboard, and cut out with paper scissors one triangle and one triangle plus the extra bit.

Using your triangle template mark out on the fabric and then cut your fabric. You need just one of these.

Now for the funny shaped pattern piece, which we will call the triangle plus piece. Fold your fabric right sides together and draw around the template and cut out. 

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You fabric pieces should now look like this.

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Now get the felt from your supplies and cut out free hand a beak, a wattle (the bit they have under their beak) and a comb (the bit they have on the top of their head) See here.

You should have 3 pieces (and not the 2 in the picture – oops)

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Lay your beak and wattle like this along the top right of the triangle plus piece on the right side.

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Put the other triangle plus piece on top and pin. Sew with a 1/2″ seam allowance

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If you turn it the right way it should look like this

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Now do the same for the comb on the other seam of the triangle plus piece.

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Now you are going to sew the bottom on to your chicken.

Take the triangle piece and pin it along one of the long seams, right sides together. Sew. Then do the same for the side which is divided by the seam. 

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It gets a bit fiddly, but don’t stress too much even if your lines are wonky it should look ok in the end.

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Now you should just have only one side of your chicken open. You are going to sew along this side leaving a couple of inches open in the middle to turn him the right way round.

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Now turn the chicken right way round using a chopstick to gently poke the corners out.

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Stuff your doorstop with rice or something suitably heavy. Then hand sew the opening closed.

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Add a couple of buttons for eyes of do some fancy embroidery ones and TA DA one super cute chicken doorstop!! 

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If you don’t fancy making one of these yourself (and you really should), then check these  lovely handmade chickens out they are not doorstops but are super cute, just the same.

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

Right

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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)

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Make a template out of cardboard.

Base 15.5cm x 15.5cm

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

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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

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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.

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

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

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

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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

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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)

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Press open the seams and clip points to reduce bulk.

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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!!