Make It Pretty Wednesday: Upcycled Sweater Snake Draft Stopper

It has become so dreadfully cold lately! Our winter coats are used on a regular basis and my kid’s tiny noses are pink and chilly on my cheek when I hug them when they come home from school! Brrr-it’s cold! I noticed dreadful frosty air sneaking inside from the bottom of our front door. Of course, I prefer this arctic temperature stay outside where it belongs so off I go to google what could be done!

Here are a few super cute ideas I found on Pintrest:

Source: via Kelly on Pinterest

Source: via Anne on Pinterest

Such incredibly cute ideas, right? Just a big old sock thing that keeps drafts where they should be! But I am surely not going to dig out my knitting needles and dust off the mental cobwebs, relearning the craft in time to knit a draft stopper THIS season! I need something still cute, but more simple. AND with three kids and a 100 pounds of dog, machine washable would be a must too! That is how I came up with this guy, upcycled from my husband’s old sweater:

upcycled sweater draft door stopper

What you will need:

  • Old sweater-preferably large!
  • Any old fabric for lining of inner bag
  • Something to weigh it down-I read you can use kitty litter, but as I had none of this on hand, I used two big bags of REALLY old dried beans
  • Buttons for eyes
  • Ribbon for tongue
  • Sewing Machine, Scissors & Thread
  1. Make your inner bean bag by cutting a piece of fabric two inches longer than your door width by 9 inches wide. Fold over the long way and run a seam along the long edge and one of the shorter edges. Turn inside out so that the raw edge is inside and fill with beans (or litter, if you are so inclined). Sew the remaining edge trapping the beans inside. I also added seams approximately every 5″ so the beans wouldn’t have the tendency to congregate in one end.
  2. Lay the sweater flat lining up the bottom hem. Measure up from the bottom hem 10″ and cut all the way around. Then cut up the seam of one side, creating a long skinny rectangle. Cut this rectangle to the size of your door width + 5 inches.
  3. Turn inside out and sew a seam along one short side and the long side. Turn inside out. You should now have a long tube-open only on one end. Now, be creative and give your snake a face! I sewed wooden buttons for his eyes and ribbon tongue. I cut the fabric into a V shape-apparently, the only way a snake’s face should be according to my 3 year old, folded the edge under and finished with a seam.

He’s not perfect, but he’s very useful and maybe even a bit cute! I like that I can take the bean bag out and throw him in the wash when needed. Now if I could somehow convince my kids to leave him to his job!


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