Part of the safety protocol at my school is that we are required to have our doors locked and shut at all times. The main reason for this is so that in an emergency we are not taking precious time to find our door key and lock the door while we should be tending to our students and taking cover or evacuating the building.
For years I have been using a thin fridge magnet placed across the door frame to keep the door latch from catching and keeping students locked out in the hallway every time they need to use the restroom, go to the office, or switch classes. While this system certainly worked for a while, my magnet has started slipping or falling off and I've found myself locked out of my own room more than once (not embarrassing at all...)
So I decided to make something a bit more permanent and certainly cuter to use in place of the magnet. Check out these cute door latch covers. They even match my school colors - red, white, black, and grey!
Here's what you will need:
Fleece scraps (optional)
Index card or ruler
Elastic hair bands
Here's how to make them:
I wanted to add a little bit of thickness to my pieces, so I also cut a 3x4 piece of fleece to put between the layers. Again, I used an index card to measure.
Fold one piece of patterned fabric in half with the wrong sides showing. Insert an elastic hair band between the two layers on each short end and pin in place.
Turn the fabric right side out and insert one piece of fleece into the open side. Use your fingers to adjust the placement of the fleece so that it is mostly smooth. You may need to trim the fleece a bit to fit better.
Trim any loose threads and use an iron to press out any wrinkles or creases in the fabric.
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