June 5, 2016

DIY: Door Latch Covers

DIY Teacher Hack: An easy and inexpensive way to make door latch covers out of items found around the house. Use to prevent classroom doors from automatically locking. These could even be great to use at home on those doors I don’t want my little ones to get locked behind accidentally.
Are you looking for a way to cover those latches on the door that cause it to lock? I spent about 30 minutes this morning making these easy and inexpensive covers from items I had around the house. Read about how totally simple it was, and then go find some items you can use to make your own!

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!
DIY Teacher Hack: An easy and inexpensive way to make door latch covers out of items found around the house. Use to prevent classroom doors from automatically locking. These could even be great to use at home on those doors I don’t want my little ones to get locked behind accidentally.


Here's what you will need:
Fabric scraps
Fleece scraps (optional)
Scissors
Index card or ruler
Pencil
Elastic hair bands

Here's how to make them:
Gather some fabric scraps. I used calico and fleece, but you could use any type of fabric - even old clothing could be cut up to use for this project! Luckily I have a pretty big big stash of fabric scraps from my so-called quilting days, so I just dug around to find some fabrics that I liked and thought would coordinate with my room.
DIY Teacher Hack: An easy and inexpensive way to make door latch covers out of items found around the house. Use to prevent classroom doors from automatically locking. These could even be great to use at home on those doors I don’t want my little ones to get locked behind accidentally.
After you've found the fabrics you want to use, cut them into 4x6 inch pieces. I used a 3x4 inch index card and folded my fabric in half, but you could use a ruler.

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.
DIY Teacher Hack: An easy and inexpensive way to make door latch covers out of items found around the house. Use to prevent classroom doors from automatically locking. These could even be great to use at home on those doors I don’t want my little ones to get locked behind accidentally.
DIY Teacher Hack: An easy and inexpensive way to make door latch covers out of items found around the house. Use to prevent classroom doors from automatically locking. These could even be great to use at home on those doors I don’t want my little ones to get locked behind accidentally.
When you are done, you will have patterned fabric cut to a larger size than the fleece. (see above)
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.
DIY Teacher Hack: An easy and inexpensive way to make door latch covers out of items found around the house. Use to prevent classroom doors from automatically locking. These could even be great to use at home on those doors I don’t want my little ones to get locked behind accidentally.
Using a sewing machine, stitch along each ends of the fabric.
DIY Teacher Hack: An easy and inexpensive way to make door latch covers out of items found around the house. Use to prevent classroom doors from automatically locking. These could even be great to use at home on those doors I don’t want my little ones to get locked behind accidentally.
Sew through all three layers, including the hair bands. Be sure to leave one long edge open for turning the fabric right side out.
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.
DIY Teacher Hack: An easy and inexpensive way to make door latch covers out of items found around the house. Use to prevent classroom doors from automatically locking. These could even be great to use at home on those doors I don’t want my little ones to get locked behind accidentally.
Next, fold the cut edges inward and stitch close to the edge to close the seam.
Trim any loose threads and use an iron to press out any wrinkles or creases in the fabric.
Loop one elastic around the outside handle of the door.
DIY Teacher Hack: An easy and inexpensive way to make door latch covers out of items found around the house. Use to prevent classroom doors from automatically locking. These could even be great to use at home on those doors I don’t want my little ones to get locked behind accidentally.
 Pull the other elastic to fit around the inside handle of the door.
DIY Teacher Hack: An easy and inexpensive way to make door latch covers out of items found around the house. Use to prevent classroom doors from automatically locking. These could even be great to use at home on those doors I don’t want my little ones to get locked behind accidentally.
Close the door and you're done!
DIY Teacher Hack: An easy and inexpensive way to make door latch covers out of items found around the house. Use to prevent classroom doors from automatically locking. These could even be great to use at home on those doors I don’t want my little ones to get locked behind accidentally.
What I love about these door latch covers is that I can follow protocol and keep my door in the locked position, but I don't have to deal with the disruption of people being unable to enter my room without me stopping my lesson to let them in the room. And if it becomes necessary to lock the door shut, All I have to do it quickly unloop one of the hair bands and shut the door again.


I'm linking up with Mrs. King's Music Class for Summer Project Sundays. 
Hop on over to read about even more great DIY ideas!
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10 comments:

  1. I love this SO much! These would make great gifts to give to other teachers too. LOVE. Thanks for linking up!

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