Vintage craft books from the 60s and 70s, are some my favorites because it’s so easy find the most ridiculous projects in them. One book I’ve got has everything from doily couch covers to a full-length, hooded, knitted bridal coat. I mean, I’m sure future crafters will be laughing about a lot of the stuff we make today, but this stuff is just so silly haha!
The other day, I found the most ridiculous and the most oddly practical craft of them all: The Needlepoint Brick Doorstop. I’ve actually been in need of a doorstop because our front door is really heavy. So, I giggled to myself and set out to making a cozy for a brick to use as a doorstop. Haha!
- Sheet of plastic canvas
- Brick – I got mine in the garden department of Home Depot. There are lots of shapes and sizes, but I would recommend something small with straight sides for this project.
- Tapestry needle
- Yarn – This is an awesome project for all that left over yarn you’ve got. It really doesn’t take much.
- Measure your brick on the top and sides.
- Cut out 5 pieces from your plastic canvas for the top, both long sides and the short sides. You don’t need a piece for the bottom. My pieces measured as this:
- Top – 8″ x 4.25″
- Long Sides – 8″ x 2″
- Short Sides – 4.25″ x 2″
- Sew your design into the top and the sides. There’s lots of pattern ideas on Pinterest, but if you’re feeling extra prepared, you can sketch your design on some graph paper before getting started. I just started sewing and went with it.
- Sew the sides to the top and then to each other to make a box shape.
- Put it on your brick, giggle for a second and then appreciate the cutest and kitschiest doorstop you’ve ever owned.
A great outlet for learning all about working with plastic canvas is CraftyPod. Diane’s got some amazing tips and patterns to play with!
To be honest, sometimes, when I’m working on projects to go on the blog, I wonder to myself if anyone will ever really want to make them. Maybe I’m the only person on the planet who’s making this stuff. I mean, I can pretty much guarantee I’m the only one that’s going to make this HAHAHA! But, check out how amazingly practical this ridiculous thing is! I can’t not love it.