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Door Latch Cover for Baby’s Room

According to my pediatrician, I have a “wakeful baby”. Which is a euphemism for a demon child who hates sleep and loves to wake up all night and scream at me. Okay, so it’s been getting a bit better, but it seems like she has supersonic hearing and knows the second I turn the doorknob when I need to check on her. So I decided to take on a little project I’ve seen all over Pinterest and the blogosphere and make a Door Latch Cover for Charlie’s room! It literally took five minutes to whip up, and was made entirely from scraps, which is right up my alley! Here’s a quick tute on how to make one of your own:

Supplies:
ā€¢ 2 fabric scraps, measuring 5″ long by 2.5″ wide
ā€¢ spare hair tie (the thick kind)
ā€¢ batting or thicker center fabric

1) Cut two fabric scraps at 5″ long by 2.5″ wide. I chose matching green and pink dotted fabrics, because I wanted it to be reversible.

2) Cut your hair tie in half

3) Layer your fabric with the batting down first, then one layer of nice fabric right side up. Pin your hair tie pieces to each layer, leaving a small tail. Try to leave as little as possible so it will fit around your knob.

4) Lay your second layer of fabric over the first right side down, so they’re together.

5) Sew a 1/4″ seam, leaving about an inch and a half gap to flip it right side out. Flip it out and make sure your corners are flat.

6) Flip under the open edges, and sew a 1/4″ topstitch seam all the way around, closing the gap. That’s it, you’re done!

Now just pull your hair tie halves over both knobs and you have a stealthy new entry into the baby’s room šŸ˜‰

I’m so glad I gave this a try, because it’s going to make a great gift for all the upcoming baby showers I have this fall! The best part is being able to customize the fabrics and colors to match their decor. And if you’re short on hair ties, you could easily use ribbon or velcro to attach it to the knobs.

 

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  1. Lori

    Simple idea, great project! Stumbled upon your blog and really enjoy it. Thank you.

  2. Jennielee

    ha! i have a towel over the top of the door so that it never closes and is quiet….this is so much cuter!!!

  3. An Exercise In Frugality

    An absolute lifesaver! I have seen this before, sold on Etsy, but it’s great to have a tutorial instead! I write a Frugal website, and I feature awesome projects like yours that I find on Pinterest, and today your Door Latch Cover Tutorial was the “Frugal Pin of the Day”. You can see the post about it here if you’re interested: http://anexerciseinfrugality.com/2012/10/frugal-pin-of-the-day-24.html.
    Thanks for sharing this great tutorial! I know a lot of new moms that are going to LOVE this! :)
    Keep up the awesome work!
    -Rose


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      Thank you Rose! Such an honor to be featured.

  4. Melissa

    I’m late to the game, and a relatively new sewer, but I just tried this and the needle broke as it tried to go over the hair tie! I don’t know much about the different needles, but is there a specific size I should be using? Also…how did you get the hair tie to go under the presser foot? I had to lift mine up to get the hair tie under (before the needle broke). Thanks!

    1. Brooke

      Usually a needle breaking is because of tension, or trying to go through something too thick for a thin needle. I don’t buy special needles since I rarely sew thick things, so my thoughts would be to really slow down your machine when you go over the hair tie portion. Or you could just use a thinner elastic, like the kind you find in the notions section.

      1. Betsy

        I have short hair so there are no hair ties lying around. I do, however have some cord elastic. Do you think 2 inches for each side is too long?

  5. Kate

    Thank you! I just made one and it turned out great. I did use elastic instead of hair ties, and I accidentally made them too long. So if anyone else is using elastic, just calculate this. :)

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