Do It Yourself Door Draft Stopper
Today we are making a do it yourself door draft stopper – and just in time for the approaching cold weather! Over the years, I have seen all kinds of these with all kinds of instructions on making them. They either seemed overly hard or just downright confusing. I wanted one for my front door, and also wanted one that would match my holiday decor – AND I wanted to make it quick!
So I put my thinking cap on.
Here is what I knew I needed:
- Cute fabric
- Weighted somehow
Because of those reasons, I started with my fabric stash. I knew I was taking a chance going with white, but my Roomba does a great job of keeping my floors dust and dirt free. Anything that would get on it would be on the bottom of my door draft stopper, so I was good with that. Matching some red and black buffalo check fabric into it was going to make it more fun and cute for the winter season.
When I decided for sure that it needed to be weighted, I knew for sure that I needed to use Poly-Pellets®. These are weighted stuffing beads that you would put in bean bags. Some people go with rice or beans, but I keep thinking that cold air is often mixed with moisture, so I really didn't want any type of food product.
The tubing was going to be a decent size, and I could have filled my entire door draft stopper with Poly-Pellets®, but then it wasn't going to be as affordable. So instead of filling completely with Poly-Pellets®, I opted to do part pellet and part Poly-fil™ for my stuffing.
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I started by cutting my white fabric 9″ x 40″. My door is 36″ wide, and I knew I would have about a 1″ seam on each end, leaving me with 38″ of door draft stopper.
Then I cut another piece of white fabric 4″ x 40″. This was going to be my tube in a tube for my Poly-Pellets®.
After that, I cut a piece of my red and black fabric at 8″ x 9″.
Then you will want to stitch your red and black fabric onto your 9″ x 40″ piece of material. I opted to fold my red and black fabric under and top stitch on my edges.
Turn your fabric right side out.
I wanted my ends to be top stitched as well. So I double folded in one end and top stitched.
Time to fill 🙂
I used a funnel with my Poly-Pellets® and worked in small sections. I added about 8″ of Poly-Pellets® into my narrow tube and then filled around it with Poly-fil™.
Work your way up the entire length of your tube alternating between filling your narrow tube and filling your wider tube.
Double fold in your seam at the end and top stitch again.
The buttons aren't necessary but they certainly are adorable! I just grabbed a needle and thread and sewed them on top. You can also hot glue if you want.
And just like that, your do it yourself door draft stopper project is complete!
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Thank you so much for joining me for this fun do it yourself door draft stopper project. The hardest part of this entire project was coming up with a simple plan. The execution of it was complete in under 2 hours, and I was taking my time as I made it. It's a great evening or weekend project to help keep those pesky drafts out of your home. Keep checking back for more DIY inspiration! XOXO, Meg