A professional longarm machine quilter for hire and some of the work I've done.
I’ve made myself some door snakes for the doors inside my house. Some people call these draft dodgers. Grandma Mama had door snakes made from burlap bags and filled with dried beans. It was such a bother to pick them up and replace them each time a door was opened.
I saw these things on tv a couple of years ago. It’s an updated version of the old door snakes. Being the thrifty me, I decided they were easy to make myself instead of buying them. I bought the materials, set it aside, and forgot all about it. When cleaning out stuff the last few days, I came across it again. Well, I decided it’s finally time to make those snakes. Here’s what I did.
My doors are 31 1/2″ wide X 1 1/2″ thick. I allowed 1/2″ for the door jam where it meets the door which means my door snakes should finish at 31 inches. I cut a piece of scrap fabric for each door.
I sewed a small hem on each end then folded in half lengthwise. The hem is not doubled. It won’t show when these are done. Unless, of course, you have someone who will get down on the floor to inspect your work.
I pressed it with the pretty side out then sewed a seam down the edge side to make it a tube.
I re-pressed it with the new sewn seam going down the center.
I marked a line five inches from each side. You can see it next to the sewn seam. I sewed on those lines. The part in between the sewn lines is the part that goes under the door.
The sections on the sides of the sewn seams are where the foam pipe insulation tubes go.
This photo shows the pipe insulation put into the tube. Time to try it out on a door.
See. It fits!
The thickness of the door pushed out the slack of the sides to make them real snug against the door.
This is how it looks on the other side of the door when it’s closed. Ooo… perfect.
What’s really neat about these door snakes is that they are washable. I can remove to wash and put back in place. Hmm…. How’s that for a fabric stash busting idea?
You may be wondering why I want door snakes on interior doors? It’s to stop airflow under the door from a heated room into an unheated room. Heat moves to the cold. I can’t shut off the vents to the rooms because my furnace would be damaged. But, I can turn down the heat to a low setting and use a space heater to heat only the room I’m actually in. For example at night. I don’t need to heat the studio or the kitchen when I’m not in there. I have a really small space heater for each room. The energy used by a small ceramic space heater in one room is far less than using a big furnace to heat the whole house. Make sense now?