As I quietly creep through the house to the coffee maker, I catch a chill as soon as my feet hit the hardwood floor in our entryway. It sends a shiver through me and I make a quick detour to look at the thermostat. It’s holding strong and steady where it was set, but it's winter and the cold air still finds its way in through the tiniest cracks. A draft stopper, or a draft snake as we called it growing up, is a quick and easy fix for stopping cold air from coming in through door cracks. Using a Door Draft Stopper or a Draft Snake is a great way to lower your heating bill and make sure your home is energy efficient. It just so happens that a door draft stopper is also a very easy DIY sewing project. With some scrap fabric and fifteen minutes, you can stop drafts in your house, too.
DIY Door Draft Stopper/Draft Snake Tutorial
Sewing Level: Beginner
Time: 15 minutes
How to Make a DIY Door Draft Stopper/Draft Snake
- Measure your door and add a few inches. Cut Fabric. I found a piece of fabric in my stash that was perfect, so I didn’t even cut the length.
- Fold in half lengthwise (hotdog fold). Pin the long edge and one short end closed.
- Sew one short end. Lift your presser foot, turn, and sew all the way down the long side. Clip corners, being careful not to cut the seam.
- Turn the tube inside out. Use a pencil to gently help you poke the corners out if you need to.
- Fill ¾ of the way with rice. My husband helped me with this part.
- Fold the rough edges on the open end of the tube inside about an inch.
- Optional: If you want to add a handle loop for easy storage when not in use, cut a piece of twill tape. Insert it in the opening to form a loop. Pin in place.
- Sew shut. Reinforce the opening with more than one stitch. (I scooted my sewing machine all the over to the edge of the table and asked my husband to hold the rice tube while I sewed the opening shut.)
Note: I store mine hanging on a hook in my laundry room when not in use.
I've made draft stoppers for all of our exterior doors in our house, especially the door between the garage and our new basement homeschool room. They keep the cold air out and the warm air in. I'd say that's a pretty fantastic frugal winter sewing project that will keep you warm.