Patchwork Flannel Draft Stopper

Patchwork Flannel Draft Stopper

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.

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Recognize these from last year?

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).

Thrift store flannel shirts repurposed into DIY patchwork flannel front door draft stopper by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Starting the Stopper- ironic!

When all three squares were cut, I ironed them, stitched them together, and pressed the seams flat.

Thrift store flannel shirts repurposed into DIY patchwork flannel front door draft stopper by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Looks like my table runner- ha!

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.

Thrift store flannel shirts repurposed into DIY patchwork flannel front door draft stopper by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Yes- I definitely like this combo.

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.

Thrift store flannel shirts repurposed into DIY patchwork flannel front door draft stopper by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Lining=Spill Insurance

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).

Thrift store flannel shirts repurposed into DIY patchwork flannel front door draft stopper by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Becoming a draft stopper, slowly but surely.

Once that was done, I turned it right-side-out, pushing out the corners and gathered a bunch of rice to stuff it with!

Thrift store flannel shirts repurposed into DIY patchwork flannel front door draft stopper by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Doesn’t that look nice?

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.

Thrift store flannel shirts repurposed into DIY patchwork flannel front door draft stopper by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Final touches!

And there it is, stopping any chilly air from seeping into our house- looking cozy and pretty and plaid-y.

Thrift store flannel shirts repurposed into DIY patchwork flannel front door draft stopper by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Handsome AND functional!

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!

Craft on!

S


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Comments

  1. Love this draft stopper. I keep on eyeing up my husband’s old flannel shirts, can’t wait to get my hands on them for some projects.

  2. I walked past a stand of flannel shirts just yesterday and had to think of you! Seriously! This is another lovely flannel project, I could use one like these, there’s always a draft going through our hallway! I need to go back to that store and get some flannels now!

  3. It’s funny, I just know when I click on a link at a linky when it’s going to bring me here. You have a style to your projects that is unmistakably yours!
    There’s nothing here not to love – flannel – check, reusing/recycling – check, simple to sew – check, a touch of pleather with the plaid – check!

  4. These are great – I need several in my old house! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

  5. Hi Sarah: I need to make one of these for my patio doors. I have taken to keeping the curtains closed to slow down the draft but this is a much brighter solution. Thanks for posting.

  6. I can’t wait to try doing this! Thank you so much for joining the party at Dishing It & Digging It!

  7. I love this. I need one for my doors in my house.

  8. Another great use of old flannel shirts. Thank you for sharing at the Snickerdoodle Create~Bake~Make link party!

  9. Until we update our insulation this will work just fine. Our patio door is the worse offender and it’s in the family room where we spend most of our waking hours. Thanks for sharing with us at Celebrate Your Story Link Party and have a great weekend.

  10. Ava's Alphabet says:

    I love this project! At first glance I thought you had used recycled leather belts at the seams – I suppose that would work too? Pinned and sharing! Thank you for joining us at Family Joy Blog Link-Up Party this week.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thank you, Cristina! I thought about leather belts at first, too, but decided they might be too thick…if they were, then the whole snug-against-the-door-to-keep-the-cold-out effect would be ruined. So, instead, I went with the same appearance but a thin material. Hope that makes sense!

  11. Such a clever repurpose for old shirts. Thanks for sharing with the Waste Not Wednesday link party.

  12. Another cute idea with flannel. You are so creative!

  13. Great way to recycle flannel shirts! I have made these with home dec fabric for friends n family. Several years ago, someone asked me if the rice would attract mice, so I switched to kitty litter. lol 🙂

  14. Rella Johnson says:

    I have some old flannel and fleece pj pants my hubby has out grown, I think I will take the legs off and give this a shot. Thanks for the idea. This house is so drafty around the bottom of the doors.

  15. I’m going to make this great idea for old shirts. I bought crushed walnut shells at the pet store for some pin cushions I made a while back, they worked great. They were inexpensive, came in a large bag and gave my projects weight which would be nice to help keep this is place. The pet supply stores sell them for turtles and the like.

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