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$.75 draft busting door stop

Our front door seems to have developed this weird gap at the bottom.  We have a flappy thing (technical term) on it, but the gap remains.

Gaps on doors = drafts.  Drafts = money you’re spending on heat going right out the damn door.

Troy came up with a brilliant temporary fix.

Emphasis on temporary.

When my mother-in-law and I went to IKEA to pick out Jack’s big boy bed, we spent a few minutes in the “As Is” section.  For those of you not familiar with IKEA, the “As Is” section contains returns, slightly dinged items, floor models, and other miscellaneous slightly damaged items.

During our perusal of the As Is section, I found a gorgeous orange curtain panel that had been ripped on one side.  It was a 84 inch panel, which meant a ton of fabric.  For $3.  Booyah!  It was like an orange beacon of light, saving me from the rolled up beach towel.

Just a head’s up, the photos in this post are TERRIBLE.  I’ve decided that bright orange is an impossible photo to photograph.  If anyone knows anything about cameras, please tell me in moron language, how to take a photo of orange that isn’t blown out.

To make the door stop:
1) I cut a 60 inch strip from the panel.

2) Then folded in half long ways (or if you had my mother in second grade, I folded it “hot dog style”), and pinned it together, leaving a 5 inch gap at one end.

3) Sew the two sides together along the edges.  Back stitch multiple times when you come to the end, while still leaving the 5 inch gap.

4) Turn the whole thing inside out. It’s going to be a bit of a hassle to get it all turned inside out.  It felt like what I assume putting a condom on a boa constrictor would be like.

5) Put about 2 cups of popcorn kernels in the tube.  I used my canning funnel to make it a little easier.  You could also use dried beans, rocks, marbles, etc.  I just wanted a little weight in there.

6) Then, I took all the little scrap pieces of fabric that I’ve been collecting in a big basket for the last year or so.  I’d put a few in, and then jammed a yard stick down there (that’s what she said) until they were packed pretty solidly.  Continue this until you have the thing almost full.  You want a bit of space at the top.

7) Pinch the ragged edge of the hole together.  Sew closed using a simple stitch.

There you have it!  For just a small piece of a $3 fabric panel, fabric scraps, and 2 cups of popcorn, I have an attractive door stop that keeps the heat in my house.

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14 comments on “$.75 draft busting door stop”

  1. Love this! I totally love the as is section of IKEA also. But then again I love the clearance section of any store.

    Oh and your “thats what she said” jokes. I wish we lived closer.

  2. You ARE amazing! I have never EVER been in an IKEA before! Guess I will put that on my bucket list! There’s one here in Houston but good grief, I do NOT want to tackle the traffic to get to it! Someday…..

  3. I’m a photographer in real life (which is why I live frugally… self employed artists don’t get paid jack ๐Ÿ™‚ ) and you did a good job with the orange. It can be tricky but it looks like you discovered the secret of turning off the flash with very bright objects. You can also bump up your ISO on the camera when working with natural light to help. I’d try and explain more about exposure compensation but that’s getting into some pretty technical stuff. Good photos are always helpful, but people don’t expect Pulitzers winning photos on blogs. My own mother prints out my photos on printer paper and hangs them on the Fridge. Good lord mother, I can get you a print.

    • Your mom sounds adorable!

      I never use a flash on photos that I post on the blog. I think I had the ISO at 100, and the WB was on “cloudy”. I think I just had too much natural light coming in from the window behind me.

  4. To solve the “condom on a boa constrictor” problem, try this next time: Take a piece of string or cording a little longer than the constrictor and sew it into the seam when you sew the short edge, leaving it trail down the inside of your work. When you go to turn it around, use the string to gently help you pull the whole thing inside out. Then trim off the cording. This is an old trick my mother used to use on spaghetti straps back in the day. Works like a charm.

  5. That bright color would help me not to trip over the draft dodger. Yes, I can trip over those things on the floor, no matter how out-of-way they are.

    The rubber flap thing on the bottom of the door wears out. Even when it is intact, somehow it loses its rubberiness and contracts. Plus, the little bumped-up piece it hits can sort of deflate, leaving a gap if either piece is old. After awhile, they both break off in little pieces. The piece of the bottom of the door can be pulled out when the door is open and you can slide a new piece in. I think two screws hold in the bottom piece, the piece on the floor.

    I NEED those on the windows!

  6. Cleaver. I LOVE a good Bargain. What kind of sewing machine do you own? I’m currently in the market for one, but I have no clue on what to buy (I’m brand spanking new in the sewing world).

    I wish Jack a speedy recovery for his upcoming surgery.

  7. One of my as seen on TV gifts from my husband was the draft dogger for the one door. It actually has a rolly thing on each side of the door so that it ones and closes with the door. It is pretty cool. If you open your door a lot, you might want to figure out how to make that so it attaches to the door ๐Ÿ™‚ It looks super cool though ๐Ÿ™‚