Sesame Doorstop Pattern PDF

Sometimes it's easy to think up names for patterns...but this one proved a little more difficult. I thought literally and laterally, and then thought a little longer, until suddenly the 'Open Sesame!' exclamation as a door is finally opened popped into my this is the Sesame Doorstop Pattern.

I first started making doorstops several years ago and have given them countless times to friends and family as gifts (they make a perfect present for someone who seems to have everything...and I've always enjoyed picking out colours and fabrics that I think might fit into the person's home), as well as selling them in my own shop.

When I first sewed the square and cross that attaches the handle to the top of the doorstop, I can remember the tingle of delight I felt at this little detail, which I'd seen on a doorstop in a shop several months earlier. It's a detail that still delights me, having made over forty doorstops since then.

It's a rather elegant, grown-up sort of doorstop that features in my pattern, but there's no reason why you can't use a more playful fabric or applique your own motifs or designs onto the fabric, to make something perfect for a child's bedroom or playroom.

So here's all the information you might need about the pattern:
  • The pattern costs £3.50 (which is around $5 US dollars or €4 Euros)
  • It has full instructions and illustration photographs (small, to be easy on the printer ink)
  • The finished doorstop measures 7" high x 5" wide
  • If you cut carefully, the doorstop can be made from just one skinny quarter of fabric (that's 9" x 44")
  • You can use quilting cotton, home dec, or upholstery-weight fabric to make this doorstop
  • The doorstop can be filled with anything from sand to dried lentils and beans
  • Small businesses and online shops are welcome to sell any doorstops that they make from this pattern
  • You can download the pattern instantly.
  • Payment is completely secure through PayPal - you do not need a PayPal account, as they accept Visa or debit cards too
As ever, you don't need a PayPal account to pay for this pattern - PayPal accepts credit and debit cards. Once you've paid, PayPal will take you to a page where you can download the pattern instantly, by clicking on the link provided. You will also receive an email containing the same link. The pattern must be downloaded within 48 hours of payment - after this time the link expires.

If you want to share any pictures of doorstops that you make then I'd be delighted to see them. You can either email them to me or drop them into my Flickr pool here.

Florence x


  1. Hello! I just found your blog through Just Another Hang Up. Soooo happy to have found you. Just lovely stuff! Can't wait to get started on my Christmas sewing! thank you

  2. Hello Florence and thank you so much for the doorstop pattern. I've just made one for my conservatory. Your pattern is so easy to follow, and beautifully written. I've posted a photo in my blog and linked to your blog and pattern but being a new blogger I'm not sure if there's anything else I should do. Anyway, thank you so much!

  3. Thank you so much for this pattern. Your very detailed instructions make it really easy to follow - I wish every pattern was as clear! I blogged about it earlier in the week with a photo or two. Failed to leave you a comment earlier, but hopefully glitch now resolved. Thank you again - you are very generous with your time and expertise.

  4. I made the Sesame Doorstop as a present for a friend. She loved it and I loved making it. Fantastic, clear instructions. Thank you so much!


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