You know I couldn’t get through 2016 without at least one flannel project, right? I’ve got oodles of flannel shirt bits- relics of 2015- that need to be used up. And with the temperatures dropping (FINALLY!) and that instinctual desire to make everything look cozy, I grabbed a trio of shirts from my stash.
I decided to create a patchwork flannel draft stopper (or door snake or draft dodger) for our front door. Since I loved how my patchwork flannel table runner and multi-plaid holiday wreath looked, I decided to keep with the patchwork theme. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
To create my flannel draft stopper, I first measured our front door- which is a standard 36” wide. If I were using one solid piece of fabric, I would have cut it at 40”. But since I was using three squares of flannel (and thus needed to account for extra seams), I cut each piece 14” x 14” using my rotary cutter, self-healing mat, and acrylic ruler. (In retrospect, I would have cut them 14” x 12” or even 14” x 10”…but coulda, shoulda, woulda).
When all three squares were cut, I ironed them, stitched them together, and pressed the seams flat.
As you may have noticed in the above photo, I also nabbed some faux weathered leather upholstery fabric. Instead of using lace to cover the seams (like I’ve done in the past), I decided to use “pleather” this time around. A totally optional step…I just liked how it looked.
Anyway, while my fabric cutting supplies were still out, I cut two strips of pleather and set them aside.
Now, because this is a patchwork draft stopper, I decided to make a quick-and-dirty liner out of scrap fabric. I still had a lot of white bed sheet left after my Halloween candy stand, so I simply pinned my flannel to the white fabric like a pattern and cut the fabric around it.
Then, I folded everything over on itself (flannel sides together) and pinned along one short edge and the long edge before stitching them together (leaving the other short end open).
Once that was done, I turned it right-side-out, pushing out the corners and gathered a bunch of rice to stuff it with!
Now, remember when I was cutting the flannel and then retrospectfully said I should have cut the squares at 14” x 12” or 14” x 10”? This is why…I had to use a LOT of rice to fill this thing…a narrower “tube” would have required less filler.
After my draft stopper was sufficiently filled with rice, I tucked in the edges of the open end and double-stitched it closed. But I wasn’t quite finished- I needed to add my (optional) pleather! And I purposefully didn’t stitch it to the flannel (I figured it would have puckered). So I just used my hot glue gun to hold the strips in place around the flannel seams. Like I said before- this is just a cosmetic thing and therefore optional.
And there it is, stopping any chilly air from seeping into our house- looking cozy and pretty and plaid-y.
The pleather is a nice touch, yes? Flannel and lace, flannel and “leather”…they both work swimmingly together! And I love that my draft stopper blends in with our “mountain cabin” decor this holiday season (and through the winter). Cozy plaid at every turn!