We shared earlier this week some of the updates we made around the house to try and conserve energy over the winter. One of the quicker fixes we took on was whipping up a couple door snakes for the two doors in the house with the largest drafts. Door snakes are really just draft stoppers, placed as blockers in front of the bottom of the door where the draft seeps in and out. They get their name from their long, skinny shape — some are even made to look like snakes (how cute are these?).
You can find draft stoppers in most big box stores inexpensively. I decided to make a few of our own so we could customize the length for an exact fit to our doors and pick out the fabric. I’m definitely not a skilled seamstress by any means and like projects with minimal measuring and patterning, so today I’m sharing how I went about making 2 super basic door snakes for our home. There are much fancier ones out there, like these that slip under the door and block drafts from both sides, but we just needed something to get the job done this winter:
We measured the base of the doors we needed draft stoppers for, then picked up 2 yards of this heavy weight blue & white ticking upholstery fabric from our local fabric store and got to work:
Then I folded the fabric in half, lengthwise, right sides together:
I straight-stitched down the long side, sewing the sides together (this could also be serged if you have a serger). The ticking stripes in the pattern made it easier to keep everything on a straight line:
I stitched across one end, diagonally, which was just personal preference for a tapered final look, then trimmed all the way around the stitching for a closer seam:
We’ve now got what’s starting to look like a door snake!
I went ahead and made a decorative stitch along the diagonal edge of the short seam. This would also help match the closed end when sewing shut after filling the fabric: