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This door knob silencer is an easy sewing project for yourself or to make for any new mom. I also find it helpful when wanting to have less slamming doors for families that are on different sleep schedules, toddlers that lock themselves into rooms and for animals trap themselves into rooms. It comes in handy on the days that the windows are open and a gust of wind swings the doors shut. This sewing project takes about 15 minutes to create and the result can give you years of quiet closing doors.
I wish I had known about this easy sewing project when my boys were babies. Trying to sneak a peek into their rooms and not wake them, but as I left the room the sound of the latch would startle them out of their slumber. So frustrating when you just want to go unwind on the couch with a glass of wine and binge on Netflix. Instead I had to get them back to sleep and defer my moment of free time at the end of the day. Here is your solution to less slamming doors, more restful sleep and hopefully a little me time.
Prepare your material
- Pre-washed flannel: 7½ inches x 5 inches
- Fusible Batting: 3½ inches x 5 inches (follow the link to get your own)
- 2 strips of Elastic: 3½ inches long
Assemble Your Material
- Iron your batting onto half of the wrong side of the material. Using one sided fusible batting and press with your iron on wool setting, do not use steam. It doesn’t have to be super secure, just to hold in place while sewing the project.
- Fold your elastics in half and pin onto right side of material. Locate the elastic about a quarter of the way along the length of the flannel fabric. Pin the elastic a bit over a ¼ inch from the edge. (This will come in handy when you sew your fabric together, the elastic will stay in place and your presser foot & needle will avoid this pin.) Otherwise you can just tack the elastic in place rather than pinning.
- Fold your fabric in half right sides facing each other and pin off to hold in place.
- Sew around the 3 open edges of the rectangle leaving space at one corner to turn material right side out when done sewing. Sew with a straight stitch with a ¼ inch allowance. Be sure to reinforce the area where the elastic is attached by going over that area a couple times.
- Trim the corners, minding the stitching, to make sharper corners when to right side out the fabric. Turn the project right side out. Remember there are sharp pins inside your fabric, try and remove them instead of getting stuck in the finger.
- Ladder stitch the open area to achieve a hidden seam. If you are not sure how to do this I found this great YouTube demonstration of how to close an opening.
completed Door Knob Silencer!
There you have it! Your very own door knob silencer. No more slamming doors or noisy latches to waken sleeping babies.
I hope you enjoyed this quick easy sewing craft that you can make for yourself or as a great gift for any new mom.