Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Door Jammers


          It is currently Baby Season in the family! It seems like every time I log onto Facebook another cousin or family member is pregnant or giving birth… it’s so exciting! I'm still out of work due to my back injury, so I'm trying to stay busy with crafting and cooking, etc... anything to keep myself from getting into a slump. So the other day I went to a handful of stores looking at baby gifts to get inspired.  I found a few ideas, but the most clever gift idea I found was a door jammer (which of course I forget to take a picture of). It’s a piece of fabric that slips over the door handles and covers the door latch, preventing door slamming and clicking when babies are sleeping! Brilliant! 
So, I did a little examining… and I think I can replicate this genius thing on a dime.



It took me a few makes to get the door jammers just right, but here is the final tutorial:

Door Jammers:

What you will need:

  • Cotton batting
  • 2 hair elastics
  • Fabric - You can absolutely dig in your scrap pile for this project!
  • Index card for template
  • The usual suspects: Iron, sewing machine, thread, scissors


Step 1:  Cut out your fabric. Use the Index card as a template and cut out two pieces of fabric the size of the index card with a half inch to one inch border (doesn’t have to be exact, it’s just to create a nice finished edge).



Step 2: Fold and iron edges of each rectangle of fabric around index card, finishing the edges. I won't lie, this fold took me about an hour to figure out, after I realized that a simple square fold didn't look too fantastic haha.






Step 3: Cut out a piece of batting the size of your index card. Place this piece of batting in one of the pieces of fabric, tucking it under the folds.


Step 4: Sew folds down on each piece of fabric by sewing around edge of fabric piece, leaving approximately 1/4 inch seam. (see picture above)


Step 5: With one fabric right side down, place two hair elastics on each end. Cover with second piece of fabric in a “sandwich”. Iron.



Step Six: Sew around edge of “sandwich”. This will hold the elastics in place and hold both sides together. Done!!


I hope the new moms in the family will enjoy these!

Happy Crafting :) Thanks for stopping by!

13 comments:

  1. Great tutorial. I saw your link on The 36th Avenue link party.

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  2. Love it!!! I have seen these for sale on etsy but hadn't figured out how to do it myself. Thanks!

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  3. do you keep the index card in there?

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    1. Hi Andreya,
      You do not keep the index card in there, just use it as a template. It also helps to make sharp edges when you press the edges of the fabric. Once the edges are pressed, pull out the index card (step 3). Good luck! I hope this helps!

      Bridget

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  4. I love your fabric! care to share your source?

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    1. I shop mostly at Joann's Fabrics, a large craft store near me. But I also love to shop online at pinkchalkfabrics.com - I adore their unique patterns. Thanks for stopping by!

      - Bridge

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  5. Ready to make, but something just occurred to me. There are two different size index cards. What size index card do you use for the template?

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    1. I used a 3x5 index card! Great question!

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  6. This is awesome. Thanks Bridge

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  7. I just made two of these in less than a half hour to give with a matching quilt at a baby shower! Thanks for the great tutorial!

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    1. QuiltingRage, you are so welcome! I'm glad you could use my post! Thanks for checking out my blog!

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  8. Thank yo so much for posting this! I just made six "sleep-savers" for our house, but I had to make a little adjustment for our doors. The 3x5 card template came right up to the knob, so I needed to either trim the pads shorter than the card or make sure that the bands were on the tight side. I also must have used some particularly thin batting because I had to double it up. In the end, our house is now much quieter and very cute. This tutorial was the perfect starting place. Thank you again for sharing!

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  9. Cannot wait to make these for the nursery! I am going to try a no sew method.

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