This week I finally got out my sewing machine and got to work on a couple of jobs that have been queued up: re-sizing a magnetic fly screen that I bought from Catch of the Day (it came in a kit to fit a normal house doorway) and making bags to stow our hoses.
Magnetic Fly Screen
I’ve wanted one of these on the door of the caravan ever since I saw one at Mildura. There, Jan had fitted one to her A-van, and the moment I saw her walk out of her van, and the fly curtain snap closed behind her, it was on my list! (You all know what it’s like in places where the flies take over – you try to slam the screen door shut behind you as fast as possible so they can’t get in, but they usually beat you. And if you’ve got a plate in one hand and a teapot in the other, you really appreciate it if the door does all the work on its own.)
Jan told us that she ordered her magnetic screen online, where it was cheap, and cut it to size. So when I saw them advertised cheaply on Catch of the Day, I pounced. Admittedly it was a bit fiddly cutting it to size, sewing it, etc… but the results are worth it. C’mon, flies, I’m ready to take you on!
Here are photos showing the process:
1. Apply stick-on Velcro in strips around door frame.
2. Estimate where to cut screen.
3. Cut and sew, and attach Velcro strips on fly curtain; press into place. Voila!
And Here it is in Action….
These were simpler. Rob just estimated the desired width and depth, and I went from there. I used the highly scientific method of finding a large enough platter in my kitchen cupboards to draw around for a perfect circle, and found a calculator online to work out the length of the side strip from the diameter of the circle. (I remember learning about using ∏r² at school, but who needs to work it out the hard way when you have online calculators?)
I made one for the water hose and one for the sullage hose. (Much quicker than the magnetic fly curtain!)