Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Door stop my way

I loved this tutorial, especially as my own doorstop attempt turned out, well, if not bad, not as good as I would have liked.

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Although I do like a bit of the old patchwork, I couldn't be faffed doing it. And I've made about 25 yo-yos so I adapted the pattern to make it simpler and yo-yoier. So, I just cut 2 10" squares and interfaced them and for the strap I cut a 4 1/2" by 9" strip and folded it in like a bag handle (both sides in to the middle then in half). I also made the basic "box" shape a bit fatter. Tip: in the instructions it says use a 7" zip, but I think she means that the zippy bit should be 7" (ie use an 8" zip). I didn't, because I wanted to make mine a bit fatter. I cut an 8" zip down by 1" and then sewed a couple of fixing stitches across the teeth to secure it about 1/2" along from the end. Then I made my corners 1" not 5/8". And next time I'll be using metric! In all, it took about an hour (in fact, I finished it before my cup of tea).

I've used nice woollen mix fabric that I've had in my stash for ages and I think it works well with the coloured yo-yos. I'm really pleased with how it's turned out and I think I'll make a few to sell at my next stall. I also know a few people who will be getting one (or some variation of) for the dreaded C word (no, not that one, the other one!) This one is filled with cat litter but I know often people use dried beans. So, over to you ... any suggestions what else could be used?

1 comment:

Joanna Butchart said...

love it and now have an idea for my sister in laws chrimbo present