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Credit: Gabrielle Diehl

Save money, save energy and keep your home draft-free with this easy-to-make draft-stopper snake

Stop drafts from entering your home through the bottoms of doors or windows with this easy-to-make, attractive yet functional draft-stopper snake. It’s also good for keeping out smells, for insulating sounds or for blocking out light. Also, since the snake is so heavy it can double as a doorstop.

Follow the first steps (1–7) to make the body of the snake (see: Basic draft stopper snake). The last optional steps (8–12) are to make a removable and washable cover.


 

Materials

 

•    28 x 84 cm strip of thick, tightly woven fabric (I recycled an old cotton rice bag, but an pair of old blue jeans would also work fabulously)

•    Sand (or small pebbles or dried beans)

•    Coordinating thread

•    Straight pins

•    Ruler

•    Fabric chalk or pencil crayon

•    Sewing machine

•    Scissors

•    Iron

Optional cover

•    36 x 88 cm strip of any pretty fabric (I used extra fabric from my curtains)

•    36 x 20 cm of accent fabric (I got mine from an old plaid skirt)

•    Rope, chord or ribbon

•    Safety pin

 

Basic draft-stopper snake


The draft-stopper snake is basically a long, thin pillow with some weight to it. Before you start sewing, be sure to pre-wash all your fabric.

Step 1: Prepare your fabric. Pre-wash and iron, then fold lengthwise down the middle, inside out (with the right sides together).

Step 2: Pin the two layers together about 5 cm from the edge (opposite side of the fold). Iron flat.


 

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Step 3: With your sewing machine, sew along the long edge and one of the ends with a 2 cm seam allowance. Reinforce your corners and ends by going back and forth a few stitches.


 

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Step 4: Turn the fabric right side out. A chopstick or the end of a pen can be a great aid to push the corners completely out.


 

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Step 5: Fill almost all the way with sand, pebbles or beans, leaving about 12 cm from the top.

Step 6: Fold the top edge down on the inside to hide the fabric’s raw edge.


 

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Step 7: Pin edges together.


 

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Step 8: With your sewing machine, sew your snake shut over the fold.


 

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Optional washable cover


The washable cover is basically a fitted sack for the draft-stopper snake. It has three components: The main coloured fabric for the cover, the accent band that goes around it and a ribbon for closure.

Step 8: To make the accent band for the cover, first fold the raw edges 2 cm back and iron flat. This only needs to be done to the two long edges.

Step 9: Pin the accent fabric down along the centre of the fabric that will be used for the cover. With your sewing machine, sew down onto the fabric (right sides up).


 

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Step 10: Fold down one of the short edges of the cover fabric. Sew 1.5 cm down from the fold to make the channel for the ribbon.

Step 11: Repeat steps 1–4 of the basic draft-stopper snake instructions. Make sure that the channel for the ribbon stays open when the long edge is sewn together. 

Step 12: Use a safety pin to thread the ribbon through the channel.


 

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Step 13: Stuff the draft-stopper snake inside of the cover. Tie the ribbon tightly and you’re done!