Back in January, my friend Maria visited from Canada and we went to Stamford. You can read about it here. While we were there, we went to a very nice interiors/haberdashery shop and Maria saw some material printed with a London map, which she absolutely loved. I bought a metre of the material and rashly promised to make her a doorstop, for her birthday in July, which I would send to Canada. I did some research in books and on the internet. I was looking for a pattern which had velcro on the base, and a handle and I ended up feeling a bit like the Prince looking for his Princess in the story of 'The Princess and the Pea'...one was too small, one had a zip, one didn't have a handle, one was a pyramid shape...you get the idea. Eventually, I found the perfect one for me! If you'd like to have a go yourself, it's here. I liked the jokey way the tutorial was written and can say that it was easy to follow and surprisingly easy to make. I practised first by making a lining from calico, which was a separate cube placed inside the main one, for ease of filling.
Look, here it is! I made this! As you can tell, I am pretty pleased with myself.