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If you have a dog and it doesn't have free access to the outside, you find yourself making numerous trips during the day to open the door to let it out.
When Steph had one dog, it wasn't that big a deal, but when Tosh arrived it became a bigger deal. That's when she got a magnetic screen door to put over the sliding glass door opening so she could leave the porch door open so the dogs could come and go as they pleased.
This worked really well until a big wind blew up unexpectedly and damaged the open porch door.
Steph needed a way to provide access to the outside without continuing to add stress to the porch door and that's when she realized we should insert a screen door into the existing porch door. It certainly was one of those "duh" moments!
Here's how we did it.
Our first thought was to purchase a magnetic screen door and cut it down to size to fit the insert. Upon test fitting it, I decided it would be probably be less work to just customize an insert from scratch. That's what we did. I sewed one replicating the one we purchased but in a size to fit perfectly in the door space.
Here's that step where the edges are clipped together before sewing. Every place you see a clip is where I placed a magnet. I did the same for the other center edge. Using a zipper foot, I stitched close to the magnetics hoping this would be enough to keep the magnets from sliding out of place. Spoiler: it was not!
Okay, was I right to make this from scratch? Well, yes and no. Yes, because we got exactly the size we needed and no, because it might have been easier to tailor an existing screen door.
I think if you're going to do this I would suggest buying the cheapest of the premade screen doors you can find so you can use the screen, magnets and self-stick velcro. You could also pick out the velcro sewn to the insert itself and reuse that. (Grab that seam ripper and put it to good use!)
It WAS worth the effort as we are now able to keep the screen door closed and Tosh can come and go as she pleases.
She's such a smart dog as she learned how to maneuver the new door with ease. (Not all greyhounds can figure out how to go through!)
Please note: This is not a sponsored post.
We are not professionals, and we don't claim to be. This is what we found worked for our project. Yours may need a little different approach. Safety first!
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