Shhhh… The silent door latch cover for nurseries.

As I wrote in my post about baby bibs, I’ve increasingly been on the look out for baby-related gift ideas. While looking for something practical to gift a new mum, I stumbled on this excellent tutorial for door latch covers by Jess from Practically functional years ago.

This is a beautifully quick project but most importantly it’s highly functional. The latch covers hold the door latch retracted which allows doors to be shut silently while babes are sleeping but also stops toddlers from shutting doors they can’t reopen.

I made some for my friend Charlotte after her first daughter was born. She’s commented a few times over the years how great they are, and recently got in touch ahead of her second daughter arriving to request more. She even asked for some spares to give to other new mums; the ultimate compliment I thought. Despite her only asking for 4, I got a little carried away and made 10.

You can use any fabric for this project. When making these recently, I used some neoprene scraps for the back and a pretty cotton for the top.

The Practically Functional tutorial suggests the size of the latch cover as 3”x4” rectangle, which allows the cover to fit perfectly over the latch on a standard door. The tutorial suggests using hairbands to loop the latch cover over the door handles. I have found them to be the ideal size and an option I wouldn’t naturally have thought of.

These little gems would easily be personalised or jazzed up with a little applique, quilting or cross stitch…..certainly something I’m going to play with for my next baby shower gift!

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