How to make a simple DIY Door Silencer to avoid slamming doors waking the baby (or anyone else). Make your own with fabric scraps and elastic!
I saw a fabric door silencer on Etsy and decided to try to make one for our house, seeing we’re always trying to sneak out quietly so Baby G won’t wake up. These are really useful if you live in a home where the doors are always blowing shut in the wind, crashing closed and waking everyone up. It’s also a nice option if your kids like to slam doors dramatically or if your spouse has no concept of their own power.
This was pretty simple to make, and only required a little bit of scrap fabric, some elastic, and a few minutes.
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I originally saw these fabric door silencers on Etsy so if you don’t sew, make sure to check them out on there. They’re a great use of scraps though and easy to make. They’re the PERFECT beginner project!
When I first started sewing, I made this one. It’s two layers of flannel with no batting so it isn’t quite so fluffy. Ignore the grainy 2012 photo. I am updating this post in 2021 with some new photos so keep scrolling if you prefer pretty photos (wink).
How to Make a Door Silencer
- Stabilizer or Batting
- Cotton Fabric Scraps
- (1) 9-in x 5 in piece of cotton, flannel or upholstery fabric.
- (2) pieces of batting that are 4×4″
- (2) pieces of elastic that are 5.25″ long (unstretched).
Fold your fabric right sides together.
Place your batting on top, centered.
Fold each elastic over and sandwich them between the fabric, one on either side. Pin.
Sew around, leaving a spot to turn it right sides out. I recommend leaving the gap on the bottom, rather than the sides like I did. This just gives you a larger space to turn the fabric right sides out.
Turn right sides out.
If you don’t have any batting, you could use a couple layers of scrap fabric in the middle as an alternative. It won’t be as plush, but it should do the trick. My original door silencer was only two layers of flannel fabric and did a decent job; I think the batting version is just extra cushy and better in some circumstances.
You’re done. When not in use, you can hang it from the door by one elastic.
If you prefer, here’s a video of the process!
This item would be great if you live in a home with angry kids (or adults) who like to slam doors. Nothing takes the wind out of their sails as much as trying to slam a door as hard as they can to make a point, just to have it close quietly behind them- or alternatively, bounce back at them.
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Friday 18th of May 2012
It's pretty easy to find out and a good use of scraps! ;) You could use hair elastics instead of regular elastic, but I seemed to have an excess of elastic when I did this blog.
Kate @ zMOMbie.com
Friday 18th of May 2012
That's pretty genius. I'm wondering if my doors would be able to close with the thickness, though... May have to try out.