Friday, February 18, 2011
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.