Here in Minnesota, there’s a strange practice of seeing how long you can last without turning your furnace on. Sure, it makes sense to keep your fuel usage as low as possible for the sake of the monthly budget, but there’s also a strange element of pride to it.
Our personal record is resisting the urge until about the second or third week of November. So, how do we keep our home livable until we finally break?
For the past several years, we’ve been stopping drafts from coming in under our doors with a towel, but this year, I’ve decided to get crafty.
Yessiree, I’m making a door snake. Or trying to, at least.
Step One – Door Measurements
According to the internet, the average exterior door is about 36 inches wide. That jives with how wide our front door is, but it’s a good idea to make your snake slightly longer than that. I decided to make mine about 42 inches long.
42’s a nice number, and it’s more than long enough to cover the gap under the door.
The tube will be about 17″ around. Why that figure? Well, it looked like a tube that size will stop the drafts nicely. It can be smaller or larger, depending on your preferences.
Step Two – Gather Materials
Now that you know how big to make the snake, it’s time to get the appropriate fabric.
|Yep. Tape measure. Fabric. Scissors. Iron. We’re good.|
There’s not really many restrictions on what type of fabric to use. I’m using a checked, stretchy fabric given to my by my grandmother. It’s nice and neutral, and the lines make it easy to cut an even rectangle.
However, I’ve seen door snakes online that were knit or crocheted, so those are always options, too.
As for the stuffing, there are quite a few things you can use. Some folks use rice or beans, while others use sand. I’ll be using small scraps of fabric left over from other projects.
Step Three – Measure and Cut
This one’s pretty simple. If you don’t have the handy grid I did, use a straight edge to trace out the shape of the rectangle before cutting. Even sides will make the end product much nicer.
Don’t forget to press wrinkles out of the fabric, first! Freshly ironed fabric also feels great on icy hands.
Of all days to lose my gauntlets.
Step Four – ???
There is no step four.
Step Five – Pin and Sew
Fold the rectangle in half right sides facing, and pin it in place. I also pinned one end closed.
|I ended up leaving lots of room between the pins and the edge of the fabric to sew. I find it easier that way.|
Once everything’s pinned, sew the long, open side shut and one of the shorter ends. You’ll need to turn the tube right side out and stuff the snake with whatever you’re filling it with. Finish the snake by hand sewing the remaining end.
And there you have it! A very (very) simple door snake.
|My brand spankin’ new door snake – effective and not too bad looking.|
I plan on making another one, for our side door, but that time, I think I’ll use sand instead. Scraps seem to add a lumpy nature to the thing that I just don’t like much.
Embellishments may be in order, too.
(If you’d like more ideas to get your home more energy efficient this season, check my article out here. It’s full of good, common sense tips that won’t break the budget, but will help cut your heating costs down.)