Tutorial: Hot Air “Hinderers”

To make the Hot Air “Hinderers” that I referred to in the previous post (you can read it here, if you’re interested in a short update about my epic rivalry with wasps), you’ll need some fabric and something with which to stuff the finished product.

I used some thrifted fabric and some batting from an old pillow. You could use any number of fillers you’d like.

Unfortunately, you’ll have to do the measuring and calculations for your own version. I know, how dare I suggest that anyone do their own math?

Calculate the diameter you’ll need to cover the crack at the bottom of your door, and from there you can figure out the circumference you’ll need for the tube. Cut a rectangle out with the height being the circumference plus whatever seam allowance you want, and the length being the length of the door plus seam allowance (because you’ll be adding the little round or oval caps at the end).

For the round pieces at the end, you only need to figure out what the radius of your circle is and add seam allowance. Then you can fold your fabric, mark from the fold out to the edge of the desired circle in several places, and cut accordingly.

Sew the long edges of the rectangular piece, right sides together. Pin and sew one of the round pieces to the end, right sides together.

Do the same thing on the other side, but leave a portion of the circle un-sewn. This way you can pull the whole thing right side out, and add the stuffing. After you fill the tube, you can hand sew the open side closed.

I still have to massage the lumps out and make the tubes more uniform, but they work. I made several of these: one for each of the doors of the two attic-like cubbies in the rooms, one for the attic door and one for the basement door.

For one of them, I decided to experiment with mixing prints, and I made the pieces at the ends oval-shaped.

Check in over the next few days for some posts about several projects, from making a print on curtains, to making unique plant pots from thrifted materials.


Side Note: I know that the site is doing strange things, and not centering the pictures. I’ll work on fixing that when I have a faster internet connection.

  1. GA

    July 18, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    I don’t care where you pictures are, I just enjoy your posts. It makes me feel like I’m in the same room as you! Ahhh, wouldn’t that be awesome!!!!

    1. Becca

      July 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm

      That would be more than awesome. That would be incredible, amazing, awesome and every other adjective of a similar meaning…all at once! I miss you so much.

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