Upcycled Boys’ Doorstopper

In my Big 2018 Clearout post a few weeks ago I mentioned that I prefer to upcycle items rather than throw them out, in an effort to reduce waste. I also said that I don’t want to have anything ugly or broken in my home. Well, the doorstoppers that came with our children’s rooms fit both categories.


The boy’s doorstopper – an obligatory football – was not only dirty in places, but also torn. It was an eyesore in an otherwise lovely children’s room, but as a doorstopper, still functional. So, rather than throwing it out, I decided to upcycle it to fit in with a modern toddler room.

I used a small part of a spare felt blanket (bought as part of a multipack with another one I needed for a different project) to surround the ball with more colourful fabric and used leftover fabric from my felt Christmas tree decorations to sew on a pair of eyes, teeth and a spiky back. I’m pretty proud of the result – what do you think?

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