Draft Stopper from Flannel Shirts for Rustic Decor

Draft Stopper from Flannel Shirts for Rustic Decor

You know I couldn’t get through the year without at least one flannel project, right? I’ve got oodles of repurposed clothing scraps leftover from previous flannel shirt projects. And with the temperatures dropping and that instinctual desire to make everything look cozy, I grabbed a trio of secondhand shirts to create a draft stopper that would double as rustic decor.

Textile recycling or repurposed clothing with flannel shirts that will become a draft stopper or door draft blocker

Since I loved how my patchwork flannel table runner and multi-plaid holiday wreath looked, I decided apply that patchwork theme with the draft stopper or door draft guard. It seemed fitting for the cabin decor or rustic decor that I gravitate towards at this time of year. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Making a Draft Stopper from Repurposed Clothing

To create my 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 repurposed clothing (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).

Repurposed clothing with flannel shirts to be upcycled into door draft guard or door snake and rustic decor

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

Making a draft stopper or door draft guard with repurposed clothing such as flannel shirts for cabin decor

As you may have noticed in the above photo, I also nabbed some faux weathered leather upholstery fabric. I planned to use this “pleather” to cover up the seams.

This was a totally optional step…it just seemed to be a good way to finish the draft stopper and fit in with my theme of rustic decor or cabin decor.

Anyway, while my fabric cutting supplies were still out, I cut two strips of faux leather and set them aside.

Textile recycling of flannel shirts for repurposing into door snake or door draft blocker and rustic cabin decor

For peace of mind, I decided to make a liner for the door draft blocker 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.

Lining a door snake or draft stopper made from repurposed clothing with additional material

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).

Sewing repurposed clothing into a draft stopper, door draft guard, or door snake using flannel shirts

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

Filling a draft stopper or door draft blocker made from repurposed clothing with rice or other grains

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 up the draft stopper / door draft guard (i.e., 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.

Draft Stopper / Door Draft Blocker as Rustic Decor

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 seams of the door snake. Like I said before- this is just a cosmetic thing and therefore optional.

Adding faux leather to door draft guard or door snake to cover up seams for rustic cabin decor or rustic decor by

And there it is – a draft stopper or door draft guard that helps keep chilly air from sneaking in under the door. AND it has that rustic decor or cabin decor feel that I just love at this time of year. So cozy and welcoming!

Draft stopper or door draft blocker made from repurposing clothing that doubles as rustic decor or cabin decor

The pleather is a nice touch, yes? Flannel and lace, flannel and “leather”…they both work swimmingly together in rustic cabin decor. And I love that the draft stopper blends in with our “mountain cabin” decor this holiday season. Cozy plaid at every turn!

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for flannel shirts, then you’ll love these decorative books that are covered in flannel fabric!

Book Decor for a Cozy Home with Flannel Shirts



Book Update

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  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.

    • 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.

  16. This is so cute! I’m not too crafty, but I think I could figure it out 🙂

  17. I love the leather pieces dividing up the different fabrics. Great ideas!

  18. This is a great idea! Cold air comes under the doors in our sun room this would be perfect keeping the draft out.


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