How to Make a Door Draft Stopper
When the temperature drops and the cold winds of winter blow, a door draft stopper is a great way to keep those winds outside. A simple sewing project will keep your house warmer, making draft stoppers will also help keep those ever-rising electric bills under control. With a simple pattern, you can easily adjust the measurements to fit any door or to snug up on your window sills, as well.
Things You'll Need
- Woven fabric
- Needle and thread
- Sewing machine
- Yard stick
- Kitty litter sand, dry corn, beans, or aquarium gravel
- Large funnel
Cut a rectangle of fabric 8 inches wide and 5 inches longer than your door's width. For a standard 36-inch door, you need an 8-inch by 41-inch rectangle.
Fold the fabric, wrong sides and long edges together and sew one end and the long edges to form a 4-inch tube. Trim the seam allowances to 1/4 inch.
Turn the tube right side out. Use a yardstick to help turn the corners.
Insert the funnel into the open end and pour the filler into the tube, leaving about 1 inch unfilled.
Fold the seam allowances in and slip-stitch the seam closed firmly. Place the draft stopper against the bottom of the door when it is closed.
- Use your imagination to create a whimsical draft door stopper. Add ears and a face to create a cat or dog. With a piece of red ribbon for a tongue and two beads for eyes, you can create a snake.
- An old pair of jeans can make a very durable draft door stopper. Cut the leg off as high as possible, stuff with filler and sew the ends closed.
- Add potpourri or essential oils to scent the air as you stop the drafts.