Life is crazy now, my son has been let go at work, so both he and his wife are out job hunting….and I have done a lot of babysitting as a result. I know you were expecting to find the Friday Faves about now, don’t worry I’ll be back this afternoon with your weekend reading.
I did promise to show you my new draft dodger for my back door. Any one can do this, if you don’t sew I’ll show you how you can make this without the need for a needle and thread.
All you need to make one of your own is a bath towel, and an old pair of jeans. I first rolled the bath towel lengthwise and taped it together to make it easier to work with.
Next, cut off the legs of a pair of jeans. I was given a boy’s pair in a size 10. The length was perfect, when sewn together, for what I wanted to do. I opened the legs at the seam (just cut along the inside seam) then sewed them together along the upper thigh portion. This left me with hems that wouldn’t ravel on each end of my draft dodger and made putting it together easier. You can see these jeans weren’t worth passing on as they were covered in paint in several spots.
I wanted to make this as easy as possible so I didn’t bother to cut down the width of the legs to make this.. See I told you it was simple. Once you have the two legs sewn together (or you can skip this part if you are using a pair of adult jeans) just roll the denim fabric around the towel.
You may notice the paint is still showing. My mistake, I had planned to have the inside of the material showing when finished. When I realized I had sewn the legs together on the wrong side I was too lazy to rip it apart. Hey I’m really tired. :-) Anyway, I realized if I began rolling from the painted part it would be hidden when finished.
Once rolled tightly, I stitched it together beginning at the middle. This helped to keep the material centered on the towel.
You can see I didn’t get all the paint hidden. Not my best day. But since no one sees this unless they are heading to my bathroom I’m not too worried about it right now. Anyway, once finished with the seam I was left with this on the ends.
Here’s where saving the hems came in handy. A simple blanket stitch was all it took to close the end up and keep the towel securely in place and I won’t have to worry about the fabric unraveling and making a mess.
I decided to make this a bit longer than the door to allow me to tuck it in on each side into the door frame. This will prevent any air from leaking in the side cracks near the floor. No, my door is not fit properly and has a tight fit from approximately 2 inches from the floor up, it’s just those last 2 inches that are the problem.
Here is how it works, and if I am careful about how I set it inside the frame the paint can be hidden, facing the floor.
You can see my door is set inside a small recess which will hold the draft dodger in place. For an old pair of jeans I paid nothing for, I even have fabric left I can still use on another project, I’d say it found its proper use. With the leftover fabric, I’m thinking maybe a purse for one of the little girls with lace edging? Or I could disassemble the remaining material and save the zipper and pockets for an idea that hasn’t quite formed yet in my mind.
I hear a few of you, you think you can’t sew or you hate sewing. If you have a larger pair of jeans you won’t need to assemble the pieces together for starters. You saw how i taped the towel to keep it in place while i added the denim material. You could do something similar. While masking tape wouldn’t be the most attractive you could use twine, rubber bands or even decorative duct, or washi, tape. Either way you can create a free draft dodger for your drafty door. These also work great to block leaks in window seals as well. An added plus if you don’t sew yours….you can remove the tape or rubber bands in the spring and still use your old towel.