Christine Leech’s Pear Doorstop
Love the little doorstop I made here? Well why not make your own with this exclusive design from Christine Leech’s book, Felt So Good?
Work with a sewing machine or work by hand, just keep your stitches nice an small – so the beans don’t escape!
Grab your supplies…
3 x A4 sheets of green felt
2 x A4 sheets of olive felt
Green and brown thread
Polyester toy stuffing
Baking beans, rice or black-eyed peas
6 x 6cm piece of brown felt
Two 10 x 10cm piece of patterned fabric
Makes 1 pear
Using the template, cut three pear panels from the green felt and three from the olive. Line up one side of a green panel with one side of an olive and, using a sewing machine, stitch together leaving a 5mm seam allowance. Repeat with the remaining panels, alternating the colours, until you only have the first and last panels left to join.
Stitch the first and last panels together from the skinny top of the pear downwards. Stop sewing once halfway down the pear. Turn inside out so that the rough seams are hidden. Fill with a little stuffing. To weigh down the base of the pear, fill a small plastic bag with baking beans, wrap in some stuffing and place inside the pear. Top with more stuffing until firm and hand stitch the opening closed.
Fold the brown felt in half lengthways. Machine stitch along the open sides at a slight angle. Trim away any excess felt.
Use bondaweb to fix the scrap of patterned fabric to the remaining green felt. Use an air-erasable pen and the template to draw a leaf outline on each piece of patterned fabric. Machine stitch along the template line. Use the pinking shears to cut around the leaf shapes about 5mm outside of this line.
Hand stitch the bottom of the stalk to the top of the pear. Layer the leaves and attach to the base of the stalk with a few stitches and with the felt right side out.
Fold the leaves back to reveal the patterned fabric. Place in front of a suitable door!
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This deliciously retro project is from Christine Leech’s book, Felt So Good, published by Quadrille (£12.99)
Photos © KEIKO OIKAWA
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