March 25, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Today's tutorial was an idea I had when I walked into my sister's office without knocking, and began talking to her before I realized she was on an important phone call. I had to do that apologetic move and bow out until she was finished. I thought a stitched double-sided doorknob hanger would be good, that way my sis could use it to let me know when it was alright for me to barge in, or flip the hanger over if I need to zip my lip. This is a good doorknob hanger for offices and workspaces, but I also thought it might be good to change out the telephone image and use something appropriate for a nursery when the baby is sleeping. Either way, this doorknob hanger can help alert visitors as they approach your door.

To make this doorknob hanger you will need:

-muslin in a 18x18 inch piece (there will be scraps)
-11 inch piece of ribbon
-poly-fil or fiberfill
-embroidery supplies (hoop, floss, scissors, needles)
-sewing machine and coordinating thread
-Telephone embroidery pattern (available at Urban Threads)

I created a pattern of sorts using a free vintage pattern from and incorporated text using a stock font in a Word document. You can access the vintage floral pattern here, but I have also made the floral pattern with text available for you here.

Step 1: Transfer the patterns to fabric. Make sure to place the the patterns far enough away from each other so you can cut 6.5x6.5-inch squares out of fabric with the embroidery at the center. Stitch.

Step 2: Once embroidered, cut two 6.5x6.5-inch squares with the embroidery at the center of each square.

Step 3: Place one square with the right side, face up, and lay the ribbon on top of it with the curved part inward and the edges aligned along the top edge of fabric. The outer edges of the ribbon need to be at least 1-inch away from the side edges of the fabric. Lay the second embroidered square right side down on top of this. Pin in place.

Step 4: Stitch around the exterior of the square with a 1/2-inch seam allowance, leaving one small space at the bottom of the square open, for flipping. I used red so you could see where I sewed this up.

Step 5: Clip the corners and flip, pushing the corners out.

Step 6: Take poly-fil or fiberfill, and stuff the doorknob hanger to your liking. Be careful not to overstuff the hanger, because it can bust out the stitches.

Step 7: Using a ladder stitch, close the space used to flip and stuff the doorknob hanger.

Step 8: Hang on your office or work room door and hope I don't barge in while you are on the phone!

Hope you enjoy this week's tutorial and give it a try!

Hi, I'm Kristen! I am a lover of all things stitchy and crafty. I have been sewing for as long as I can remember. My grandmother taught me how to sew Barbie clothes when I was young and I have been sewing ever since.

You can find me at Bobbypin Bandit, on Instagram, and my Etsy shop.


  1. Very cute--I especially like the ribbon you chose!

  2. so cute!!!!! Thanks for the ultra great idea!!!