How to Make a "Hot Dog" Draft Stop for Your Front Doorcomments (8) February 21st, 2009
Emma has been such a good sport, posing for pictures and playing with chew toys on cue, that I decided to give her a break from all the puppy love this week. I have some drafty doors and windows in my new house to deal with, so I thought why not sew up some drafts stops that not only keep the cold out but also look pretty darn cute doing it. This project warms the cockles of my heart for several reasons. First, it's a little step toward making my home a little more "green." Second, after parking my little doggie drafter in front of the door, my toes noticed the next morning...much warmer. You can customize your little doggie to any length you need to cover the space under your door. If you have a big or higher space under your door, enlarge the head and tail pieces so you can make the whole thing bigger to cover the draft!
Here's what you'll need:
- Download the pdf of the pattern here
- Pattern paper
- 1/4 yard fabric
- Thread to match fabric
- Polyfill for the head and tail
- Hand needle to stitch up the holes
- 1 to 2 pounds of rice to fill the body
Cut out the head and tail pattern pieces. Draw a rectangle on pattern paper that is as long as the base of your door is wide and as wide as the open end of the head/tail pattern piece. Attach the head and tail to the ends of the rectangle. Here's an important thing to consider before you cut out the pieces: Make sure that the whole pattern fits in front of the door the way you want. (You can easily shorten the pattern by folding out the extra somewhere along the body.) Another thing to check is the height of the space between the bottom of the door and the floor—if it's raised up a little, you may want to make the body a little wider so it can really keep the draft out!
Place the customized pattern on the fabric so that when it's finished your doggie will be facing in toward the doorknob side of the door. If you want to make it so it can face both ways, you can cut out two sets of ear pieces and attach them to both the front and back side of the head. Cut out the pieces on a double layer of fabric.
Place the ear pieces right sides together, and sew along the sides and curved bottom (leave the top edge open to turn it to the right side). Trim the seam allowance to 1/8 inch. Use the curved end of a point turner to smooth out the edge of the ear. Press the raw edge under 1/8 inch. Position the ear on the dog head, using the placement line on the pattern as a guide.
With right sides facing, pin the two main pieces together. Sew all the way around, leaving two openings along the bottom straight edge—one near the head and one near the tail. Turn to the right side through one of the openings.
Use a point turner to make sure the tail is nice and perky. I used the flat side of the point turner to smooth the edges of the head, too.
Working with small amounts of polyfill at a time, stuff the tail and head. If you try to stuff large puffs of polyfill in a small space, it will be harder to get a nice, smooth look.
After you stuff the head, make a quick pom-pom nose. I used a bit of the yarn that I got to make the mini-cardi project...still working on that. Simply wrap the yarn around your fingers four or five times—a little more if you are using thin yarn. Then tie it together in the middle.
Here is my little pom-pom. It definitely needs a "haircut" to make it a cute little nose for my pup!
I used a big needle and a couple of hand stitches to attach the pom-pom nose to the front of the snout.
Fill a small pitcher (or use a funnel) to pour the rice into the body of the dog—I used a little more than a pound to fill mine.
After you've put in as much rice as you can, stick a little polyfill over the rice to keep it from escaping while you sew the opening shut.