How to Make an Animal Door Draft Stopper

Written by elizabeth tumbarello
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Animal-shaped door draft stoppers are a whimsical way to stop the cold from leaking into your home. Placed at the bottom of a door, these warming "creatures" will defend your home from the perils of winter by doing nothing more than sitting at the bottom of your door frame. They take very little fabric to complete and are essentially an embellished tube, making them an ideal project for a beginning sewer. They are so simple to create, you can make one for every door in the house in just a few hours.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle and thread (optional)
  • Seal-able plastic bag
  • 1 cup sand
  • Polyester or wool fiberfill
  • Craft felt (optional)
  • Googly eyes (optional)
  • Yarn (optional)
  • Buttons (optional)

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  1. 1

    Measure the length of the bottom of your door. This will become the length you need to create your draft stopper. Most standard doors are 36 inches in length, which will be the measurement used to illustrate the concept.

  2. 2

    Cut two pieces of fabric, each measuring 8x40 inches.

  3. 3

    Sew the pieces of fabric together with a 1/4-inch seam allowance around all four edges.

  4. 4

    Fold the fabric in half. The measurements are now 4x40 inches.

  5. 5

    Use your sewing machine or needle and thread to sew along one of the 4-inch sides and along the open, non-folded 40-inch side. Use a 1/4- to 1/3-inch seam allowance.

  6. 6

    Turn the tube of fabric inside out.

  7. 7

    Add approximately 1 cup of sand to a seal-able plastic bag. The sand will add weight to the draft stopper. Slide the bag into the tube.

  8. 8

    Fill the remainder of the tube with polyester or wool filling. The filling will keep out cold air.

  9. 9

    Turn 1/2 inch of the unsewn edge inward. Use a machine top stitch or hand slip stitch to secure the end. Use the smallest stitches possible to prevent any leakage from the filling or in case the bag with the sand bursts.

  10. 10

    Use your imagination to add embellishments that make the draft stopper look like an animal. Cut rounded ears from felt and attach to the top of the draft stopper. Googly eyes and a button nose may make the stopper resemble a bear. Triangular ears and yarn whiskers will give the idea of a cat. A felt tongue can resemble a snake. Floppy ears and large, sad eyes cut from felt will make the draft stopper resemble a basset hound.

Tips and warnings

  • The colour of your fabric can go a long way in suggesting what animal your draft stopper resembles. Brown can suggest a bear, orange a cat and white a dog. Snakes tend to be green or brown. These are not hard and fast rules. Look at an image of your intended animal, and choose what features make it identifiable. Simulate those features with eyes, buttons, yarn, and felt.
  • Wool filling is claimed by some to absorb more draft than synthetic fibre. Some have not noticed any difference.
  • Choose a densely woven fibre for your draft stopper. The denser it is, the less likely cold air is to leak in. Wool felt is a wonderful choice.
  • The sand may burst. If your door draft stopper is going to be subject to heavy use, consider double- or triple-bagging the sand.

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