DIY Child Safety Latch

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This is a crazy little thing I made that my have no use to many of you. It has been useful in my house so I’m going to share it. In my home I have a few cabinets that I don’t want my little one getting into. I’m to cheap to go buy those expensive latches to put on my cabinets besides they are ugly. I had wanted to put the kind that you attach to the inside of the cabinet but my husband vetoed that idea.

“You don’t drill holes in nice cabinets” is what he said and that was that. So I was using a rubber band to hold them closed and that is just as ugly if not worse then the large locks you can buy. So the easy solution was to make some myself. I’m sure someday soon Gigi will learn how to open them but for now they work.

These are not to hard to make and I made them 2 ways, one with elastic and the other without. Without elastic is easier but I like the ones with the elastic better.

So here is how to do it.

First, you need:
a measuring tape
fabric
fusible interfacing
sewing machine
thread
pound on or sew on snaps
Sewing sheers
elastic
a safety pin
DIY Child Safety Latch
Measure the length around the knobs on the cabinet doors. Write that length down, then measure the space from the handle to the cabinet, write that number down.DIY Child Safety LatchIron the fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric. If you are adding elastic to your safety latch then cut a strip of fabric that is 2 1/2 inches longer then the length around the knobs {example: mine measured at 11 inches so I added 2 1/2 inches to that to make 13 1/2 inches. This is because the elastic will pull the fabric latch around the knobs. If you don’t want to add elastic then add 1 inch to the measured length. Then cut 2 and 1/2 x the with or the space between the knob and the cabinet.
DIY Child Safety Latch
Cut a 2 inch length of 1/4 in elastic. Find the center of the fabric and tack the elastic down by stretching it as far as it will go and mark the place where the ends reach. That is where you will sew the ends down at. Make sure you place your elastic close the edge of he fabric but leaving enough fabric for a seam allowance.
DIY Child Safety Latch
DIY Child Safety Latch
DIY Child Safety Latch
DIY Child Safety Latch
After you have sewn the elastic down fold the fabric in half, lengthwise, right sides together, and sew along the edge. When you get to the elastic it will bunch up so you have to put one hand behind the sewing food and hold the fabric and the other hand holds the fabric in front of the sewing foot. Take and pull with both hands to straighten out the elastic and gently pull with the backhand as you sew. Once you have passed the elastic then you can let go and finish.
DIY Child Safety Latch
DIY Child Safety Latch
Trim the extra seam allowance.
DIY Child Safety Latch
Take a safety pin and pin it to one side of the end of the strip of fabric and turn it in. Push the pin all the way through then pull the fabric right side out.
DIY Child Safety Latch
DIY Child Safety Latch
Press the strip with an iron.
DIY Child Safety Latch
To finish the ends push the raw edges inside the strip of fabric and sew with a straight stitch.
DIY Child Safety Latch
DIY Child Safety Latch
Take your safety latch to the cabinets and place them around the knobs and pull them just a little tight, but not all the way, you want it to have some give. Then mark where the snaps will go.
DIY Child Safety Latch
Add your snaps and you are done.

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DIY Child Safety Latch

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