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DIY Nursery Door Latch Cover

Babies can be really light sleepers, and the worst thing in the world for new parents who just got their baby to go to sleep, is to have them wake back up as soon as the nursery door closes! Luckily, door latch covers are super easy to make, and they allow you to close the nursery door without waking your baby!

Make your own nursery door latch cover so you don't wake the baby when you shut the door! Perfect baby shower gift!

Yep, there’s a little dinosaur on that door latch cover! Just slip the elastics over each doorknob and the door will shut silently! And it’s thin enough that the door does still shut, the latch just won’t click. These are also great for when the kid is a little older, to prevent them from pushing a door shut and locking themselves in a room if they’re still too small to turn the doorknob!

DIY Nursery Door Latch Cover

These only take a few minutes to put together, and only require a few materials:

  • fun printed cotton
  • 2 hair elastics
  • sewing machine and basic supplies (scissors, pins, thread, etc.)

Start by cutting two 3″ x 4″ rectangles out of your cotton fabric. (I made two latch covers, so I cut four rectangles.)

Make your own nursery door latch cover so you don't wake the baby when you shut the door! Perfect baby shower gift!

Set one rectangle on your table, printed side up. Place one elastic on top of the rectangle so that a bit of it hangs off the short left side of the fabric, and place the other elastic similarly on the right side. Place the other rectangle on top of the elastics, printed side down.

Pin the fabric and elastics well, and sew all the way around all four edges with 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving a 2″ hole for turning in one of the long edges. Go back and forth a few times over the elastic to make sure it is secure!

Make your own nursery door latch cover so you don't wake the baby when you shut the door! Perfect baby shower gift!

Clip the corners and turn the latch cover right side out. Top stitch all the way around with 1/8″ seam allowance in order to close the turning hole. And you’re done! Your elastics should be sticking out of either short edge.

Make your own nursery door latch cover so you don't wake the baby when you shut the door! Perfect baby shower gift!

Make your own nursery door latch cover so you don't wake the baby when you shut the door! Perfect baby shower gift!

Cute dino, right?! If you pay attention when cutting your original rectangles of fabric, you can choose which parts of the fabric show in your final latch cover.

Just slip the elastic over a doorknob, wrap the cover around the edge of the door, and hook the other elastic over the doorknob on the other side.

Make your own nursery door latch cover so you don't wake the baby when you shut the door! Perfect baby shower gift!

Now your doors won’t wake the baby once they finally get to sleep!

What are your favorite baby shower gifts to give? If you’ve had a baby shower, what were your favorite gifts to receive?

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Comments

  1. Brilliant, Jessi, brilliant!

  2. That is super brilliant, Jessi! I totally could have used a few of those when the boys were little!

  3. You are so sweet did you make these for me??? hehe jk I love these!

  4. So smart and cute! I never would have thought of this and it’s so useful.

  5. I recognize those guys! ;-)

    They work great too, except it turns out that a dog barging into a room that’s not latched shut wakes up a baby more than shutting the door in the first place does. Oops.

    I think that’s a great idea to keep them from locking themselves in the bathroom or something, though, so I think I will repurpose them for that once he starts crawling–which is going to be soon!

    • Oh lol! Yeah I guess if the door isn’t totally latched you run the risk of rambunctious dogs barging right in; I can totally see that happening! :-) Can’t believe he’s going to be crawling soon!!!

  6. Crystal says:

    Genius!! I don’t have little ones any more, but I sure could have used this!! What an awesome idea!! Pinning it to share with others!!

  7. what a genius idea! love it!!

  8. Thanks for linking up to our party Jessi…this is so cute!

  9. Great idea! This never even occurred to me when my son was a newborn, I will definitely need this for our next one!

  10. This is great! I’ll be featuring it in a bit on my Thursday link up!

  11. Hey! I found you via Domestic Superhero and I just had to pop over here and comment because I seriously love this idea! I’ve never seen it before and think it’s total genius. I only wish I had seen this idea 4 years ago.

    If you’re interested, I’d love if you shared this at my Show & Tell link party today. http://www.gingerlymade.com/2013/06/show-tell-32.html

  12. Darlene says:
  13. What a fab idea Jessi – have pinned it!

  14. Such a brillant idea and so cute!! Pinning this. Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!!

  15. merci pour cette belle idée

  16. Made several of these cute latch covers. Thanks fora neat idea to send with a welcome baby card.
    Marty

  17. Love this door latch cover. Plan to make as part of baby gift paks and for my doughter and daughter in law. Sticking doors at nap time AND toddler locking self in bathrooms ring the need now list for both families

  18. We use these at our school so the latch can stay in the locked position at all times but kids can come and go for the bathroom, resource teacher etc without getting locked out. In case of an emergency (intruder) it’s easy to slide the fabric down and the door is instantly locked.

  19. These look great! Two questions- do you sew right over the hair elastic when you are doing the edges? Also, what do you mean by “clip” the corners? I’m a sewing/craft novice. Thanks!

    • Yep Sue, sew right over the hair elastic as you sew around the edges, that will help hold it in place. You can actually go backwards and forwards one or two times right over the hair tie itself to really hold it in place as you do the edges. And clip the corners just means cut the fabric at a 45 degree angle. So after you finish sewing, you still have a rectangle of fabric, and all four corners are 90 degree angles. But when you turn that rectangle inside out, the fabric point of the corners is going to bunch up and once the piece is right side out, the corners won’t lay flat. So before you turn it inside out, take your scissors and cut off just the tip of the point of fabric at the corners, at a 45 degree angle to the corner. That way when you turn the fabric right side out, there isn’t all this extra fabric bunching up in your corners! This article has some pictures that might help explain it! http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2010/08/sewing-tips-clipping-corners-and-curves.html

  20. Love these. I want to use then on my interior doors to keep my 2 year old twin grandsons from shutting and locking the doors. I’ve had one lock himself in the family room already. They also want to shut the door to their room when they are playing and these would keep them from accidently locking themselves in or me out! ;-)

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