Use nautical fabric to stitch up this decorative accessory
You will need:
50cm chambray swallows cotton, £3.75, Higgs & Higgs
50cm dark blue cotton
Dylon fabric paint in red, £3, Hobbycraft
1.5m red piping cord l pins
sewing machine and thread
one fat quarter calico fabric
rice or dried lentils
1 Begin by cutting two triangles (with every side measuring 20cm) from both fabrics. Draw a 9cm tall anchor shape onto a piece of card and use a craft knife to cut it out, to create a stencil. Place the stencil onto one of the swallow-print fabric triangles, and use red fabric paint to colour the shape in, being careful when you peel the stencil away not to smudge the design. Leave to dry, then couch-stitch a length of twine around the edge of the anchor.
2 Cut four 23cm lengths of red piping cord. Pin one of them along an edge of one of the dark blue triangles. Machine top stitch along this edge using a zip foot, to ensure you work as closely to the piping as possible. Repeat to add a second length of piping along the opposite edge of this triangle, and along two edges of the other dark blue triangle.
3 Place one of the dark blue triangles right-sides together with one of the swallow-print triangles, and stitch along one of the piped edges, again working as closely to the piping as you can. Open out, then place the second swallow-print triangle on top of the dark blue one (with right-sides facing) and stitch along the opposite edge to join them. Repeat to add the last dark blue triangle. Cut an 18cm square from calico fabric and stitch this (with right-sides facing) along the bottom edge of each triangle, leaving a 5cm gap along one side. Turn the work out through this hole, then pack the top three quarters of the doorstop with toy stuffing. Finally, fill the rest of the doorstop with rice or lentils, to weigh it down. Hand stitch the gap in the seam closed.
Feature and styling: Sophie Holt
Photography: Lizzie Orme