Not wanting to venture out in the cold for supplies, I raided my fabric stash and found about half a yard of this great home dec fabric.
I evened up the edge and cut strips from selvage to selvage at about 8 inches each. My plan was to make several as I have more than one door
My doors are about 36 inches, but I wanted the Doodad a bit longer for my front door so I cut that at 42 inches. The others I cut at 38 inches. I was giving an inch at each end for the hem.
I took one strip and folded it in half lengthwise and sewed a half inch seam down the long side and one of the short sides. I repeated this for the other tubes.
Then I turned the tubes right side out and pressed to get out the wrinkles from turning.
Now the fun part! From other DIY sites I visited, I saw that people used rice or beans to fill the tube. I didn't have enough of either, and not wanting to venture out into the cold, I decided to use something I had on hand.
I had purchased one of those sobakawa pillows but neither my husband nor I could sleep on it so it has been just taking up space on a shelf. It had a zippered end so that you could remove some of the hulls to make it more comfortable (ha!). I opened it up and carefully filled the tubes, which was a tedious process as the hulls are lightweight and floated about and clogged the funnel.
When full, I tucked in half an inch of the fabric and topstitched. I did the same topstitch design on the other end of the tube to match. You can add the topstitching to the closed end either before or after the tube is filled. If you do it after, just make sure to close and topstitch the open end, then shake all the buckwheat (or rice or whatever you use) out of the way first.
I'm happy with the result!
Here's one already in use at the front door.
This was a fun easy project. If I make any other Door Draft Doodads, I think I will make them a bit wider. My back door is raised up a little and I had to fuss a bit to get coverage.
In addition to my two doors, I also made one to put in the track of the sliding door.