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How to Make a Door Draft Stopper

Learn how to sew a door draft snake to keep winter chills and winds outside this winter.

By: Remona Gopaul for
How to Make a Door Draft Stopper
How to Make a Door Draft Stopper
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Winter weather can be extremely chilly. If you have ever lived in a house where the winter winds and cold seep into your space through under the door, you know how frustrating it can be to keep your space warm and toasty. That is why we asked Remona Gopaul from the Stitching Scientist to show us how to make a door draft stopper. These simple sewing projects are a fantastic way to keep the cold out and the heat in.

Bulky, long, and pressed right against the door crack, these ingenious door snake sewing projects can legitimately save you money. Whether you are looking to add a door draft stopper to your front door or just need something to keep your room warm, this How to Make a Door Draft Stopper tutorial has everything you need.

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Sewn byBoth Hand and Machine


Materials List

  • 1/2 yard cotton fabric
  • 5 lbs of cat litter

How to Make a Door Draft Stopper

Measuring and Cutting Your Draft Blocker

Measure the width of your door and cut out the following pieces of fabric.

  1. 9 ¼” x Width of Door” (if this is an especially windy/cold door, consider adding an 1 to 1.5 inches more to insure that the draft stopper stays put).

  2. (2) 3 1/4 Diameter Circles (See Template Below)

Sewing Your Door Draft Stopper

Note: Sew all seams using 1/4” seam allowance

  1. Fold the main piece right sides together. Pin and sew lengthwise, leaving about 4” open. This is your main tube.

  2. Pin and sew the circles on each of the ends of the tube, right sides together.

  3. Fill the tube with cat litter using a funnel or small bowl after turning inside out so the right side is facing you.

  4. Hand sew the opening closed.

  5. And you're done!

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To figure out how to make a different size draft dodger, sew the body in the size you want, then flip the sleeve you just stitched right-side-out and get the measurement of its height. Multiply this measurement by two, and that's the circumference the end cap circles should be. Hope that helps! I could see filling this with fabric scraps or tightly packed plastic bags or even sand if you need the weight. Great idea!

I need to make one of these for my bedroom door to keep the room closed off during the day, but I'd like to make it a little bigger. Is there an easy way to figure how large to make the circles for the ends for a wider than 9 1/4 strip of fabric? I guess it could be measured but I wonder if there is a formula that would be more exact?


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