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The girl’s bedroom has a pretty noisy door, and there have been a couple of times lately where I’ve gone in to comfort her back to sleep in the night, and I’m sure she’s asleep but when I try to close the door it wakes her up.
I have randomly seen these things on Pinterest (sometimes called door jammers, door muffs or “latchy catchys”) but they’re often touted as being great for baby rooms and I would think “yeah, I don’t need that any more.”
But one night of having to go back to her bed three times because she kept waking up convinced me this little piece of fabric strapped to the door might be a good idea. (It’s also great if you have a child who locks themself if their room.)
It’s super quick and easy to sew up, and everything I used was scraps from other projects, which is great, too.
- 2 pieces of fabric cut to 2.5 inches by 4 inches
- 2 pieces of elastic but 4 inches long (I used ruffled elastic I had left over from making hair bands, but anything will work)
- piece of batting cut smaller than the fabric (I used low-loft polyester batting)
- Press in seams on all four sides of both pieces. It doesn’t really matter how big they are as long as your pieces are both the same size when you’re finished.
- Stack the pieces with one piece of fabric face down, then position one piece of elastic on each of the short sides in a loop, then add the batting, then the other piece of fabric, face up. Pin layers together.
- Use a straight seam to sew all the pieces together. I just sewed around the edges but you can do more if you want.
- To use, wrap the elastic around the doorknobs on each side of the door. Position the fabric piece so it covers the metal part that goes into the door frame.
I have only tried mine out during the day so far, but it does make a difference. Mine is thin enough that it still allows the door to latch but takes some of the noise out of the process. (I kept mine pretty thin because there’s not a lot of room in our door frames, but you can add more layers of batting if your door can handle it.)
Have you ever used something like this? Or would you? I’d love to hear if you make one!