Friday, February 18, 2011

How To Make A DIY Draft Stopper


The window by the desk in our bedroom has always been noticeably drafty. I've been meaning to make a draft stopper for one of our windows all winter--and now that it's actually warmed up a bit, I finally got around to it. To make a similar stopper, you will need fabric, coordinating thread and 5 lbs. rice (approx), plus the usual sewing essentials. Here's how I made it:


Gather materials: For a 34-inch long draft stopper I used almost 5 lbs. of rice


Measure and cut a piece of fabric 8 1/2-inches wide and as long as your window plus about an inch for seam allowance.


Once you have cut out the fabric, press it with a hot iron. Then fold the piece of fabric in half lengthwise with the wrong side of the fabric facing out. Pin the folded fabric.


Sew the two sides of the fabric together with about 1/2-inch allowance on your sewing machine. Back-stitch at both ends to reinforce the seam.


Once you've sewed the long side of the fabric, flip the tube around to sew one end of the tube shut; back-stitch both ends.


Turn the tube right side out.


Use either the non-graphite end of a pencil, a chopstick or other thin, pointy object to poke out the corners.

Insert the object into the tube and push into both corners for sharp right-hand angles.


Maneuver the tube so that you can fill it with rice. (I sort of held the tube with my knees and used my hands to hold the tube with tilting the rice bag.) Once full, fold the end of the fabric in on itself about 1/2 to 1-inch.


Use a couple of straight pins to secure the tube shut. Then hand-stitch the draft stopper closed.



16 comments:

Cyndi said...

Great idea but i really want to do this proyect, but one question: something i can replace the rice with... i don't like the idea of wasting food.

Laura Fenton said...

Maybe use sand instead?

Anonymous said...

Sand would require an inner liner to the tube. Otherwise it will definitely leak out into your floor or sills.

Eileen said...

Thanks for your instructions, I appreciate your photos I am going to make one in green, gold, and white for Country Women's Assoc. we are having our 80th Birthday and we all have to make something in our colour of our badge to display on the day of our celebrations..And I certainly need draught stoppers at my doors here in winter, I am in a new home and it gets very cold at night..let you know how it goes

PurpleMeme said...

I'm about to make some using bean bag beans as a filler.

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH FOR THIS..I JUST MOVED INTO A TOWN HOUSE AND THERE ARE DEF. DRAFTS,IVE BEEN WANTING TO MAKE THIS FOR MY DOORS,NOW ILL MAKE THEM FOR WINDOWS TOO..I LIKE THE BEAN BAG IDEA FOR FILLERS,I WANT THEM TO BE HEAVY FOR THE DOORS,I HAVE MATERIAL,IM ASSUMING YOU GET BEAN BAG BEANS AT CRAFT STORES..THANKS AGAIN..LOVE THE PICS..

Anonymous said...

I think rice would be a more eco-friendly choice than styrofoam beans. True, rice can be eaten, but is it really wasting it to use it this way?

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jbmo15 said...

I was asked to make some of these. I am going to use no clumping cat litter. I don't know what to change for them . They want them 40 inches long 2 inches round. Also some bigger ones . Not sure of the size yet.I think they want double that 40 inch one.
JB

Nirav Shah said...

Non Woven bags manufcaturers Really good informative post & greatly written.Thank you for this lovely post,will like some more

Nirav Shah said...

Non Woven Bags Manufcaturer said:
Thanks for such a piece of information & really a lovely one

Anonymous said...

TO: JBMO15 & Laura Fenton & Cyndi : If you follow this tutorial, you will have a fantastic draft stopper.

If you use any fine filler like sand or cat litter, you will need to use an inner tube with a very close weave so the dust from your filler won't slowly seep through.

Also, a draft stopper needs to be a bit larger so it is a little higher onto the door to catch all the draft. Rice is considered to be a very efficient insulator as well.

George said...

The draft stoppers helps to avoid the external entries through the under door.The steps mentioned in this page helps to do it our self. Thanks for sharing these informations to the readers.

s2toot said...

I am using cat litter made from recycled newspapers into pellets. It's unscented and pellets so not duty like sand or regular litter. "Fresh News" or something like that. Also add a fabric or grosgrain ribbon loop at one end to allow for easy hanging/storage when no in use or in shop if selling.

Barb Fogarsi said...

Use ziplock bags or if u want to b Eco friendly use old bread bags as liners with sand or kitty litter, also balsam from craft stores to keep pests away

Brittany Jean said...

I used this tutorial today and it was so easy to follow! Thanks!

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