Hi guys and welcome to Whipstitch Wednesday 😊 True, just like last time I’m posting on Thursday. But oh well. Maybe I’ll just do it that way from now on.
Anyways. So today I finished up my latest kitchen project, which was making buckle closures for my kitchen cabinets. I had sewn one for one set of cabinets but still needed to sew another.
The deal with kitchen cabinets is that young children need to be kept out of them because of various cleaning chemicals and such. But. The way in which these cabinets are sealed off from the kids needs to be kid-proof, yet easy for the adult to open.
In the past, we’ve been frustrated with the methods we’ve used so I brainstormed and decided on a buckle attached to a fabric strap.
So I made one and it’s worked marvelously. My youngest (nearly 2) cannot unbuckle the strap (so far), and it’s easy for my husband and I to undo. I don’t think my 4-year-old can do buckles yet either, now that I think of it.
So here is a tutorial of how I made these kitchen cupboard closures.
Kitchen Cupboard Closures
Difficulty: Easy (-ish)
Materials: Fabric scrap, matching thread, sewing machine (or sewing needle), pins, clothes iron, plastic buckle.
1. Cut out the fabric.
The dimensions of your fabric scrap will depend on the measurement around the handles of your kitchen cabinets. After you measure, add about 4 inches, plus 1 inch for turning down the ends.
So for example: 10″+4″+1″=15″.
This is the length.
The width will be 2.5-3″, fitting the slots in the buckle when ironed and doubled over.
2. Iron your fabric.
Place fabric right side down. Turn down fabric about 1/2″ on one long side. Iron down and repeat with other side.
Pin fabric, wrong sides together and slip into the buckle to ensure it fits. Un-pin and iron.
Then lastly, iron the short width ends, about 1/2″.
3. Sew it.
Sew the fabric on the long side that has the opening, about an 1/8″ from the edge. Repeat with other long side.
Turn short width end over and sew. Repeat with the other short end.
3. Buckle time.
Insert one buckle onto the finished strap. Sew as far away from the buckle as possible.
Check your measurements by sliding the strap through the kitchen cabinet handles. Pin the other buckle so that the strap will be tight but not too tight when buckled.
Now sew the other half of the buckle onto the strap.
All done! Good job 😄😄😄 Now you have a homemade kitchen cabinet closure that looks great and keeps out the little kiddos (we hope!)
If you do try this out, let me know if it works for you. Thanks! 😎