Create your own cosy Christmas draught excluder

At Christmas-time you want your home to feel cosy. However, blasting out the heating is not the cheapest or greenest way to stay warm.

Blocking draughts from leaky doors can be a big help in keeping the heat where you want it. But if you don’t happen to have a Napoleon cat or a sausage dog to hand, why not create your own draught excluder?

They’re so easy to make you can create one especially for the festive season - either for your own home or as a thoughtful handmade gift for family or friends.

With Rosie's step-by-step guide you'll be done before you know it.

You will need:

  • Fabric: Cut to the length of your door frame and between 35-40cm wide.
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins
  • Needle
  • Thread matching your fabric
  • Stuffing (why not use old laddered tights which can by re-cycled into great stuffing. Otherwise you can buy stuffing from craft shops)

Optional:

  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
  • Decorations – e.g. buttons or ribbon

    Step one

    Recycle an old jumper into a draught excluder

    Make sure you have a piece of fabric that is just longer than the door frame in which you are going to place your finished draft excluder, and between 35 and 40 cm wide. This could be a piece of fabric you have left over from another project, or from an item of clothing you no longer need. Here Rosie uses the back of an old cardigan for a festive effect, although white may not be practical on all floors.

    Tip: If you are using an old garment, cut the seams apart as neatly as you can to create a correct size piece.

    Step two

    Fabric laid out ready to measure

    Fold your fabric in half lengthways, making sure the side of the fabric you want to be showing is on the inside.

     

     

    Step three

    Fabric pinned and ready to sew

    Pin down the length of your fabric and along one end to create an open tube, ensuring the fabric stays in place for the next step. If you've not quite cut a rectangle you could use a tape measure to place the pins in a straight line and then trim off the excess fabric.

    Step four

    Using a sewing machine to sew the seams

    Sew the pinned sides, either by hand or using a sewing machine, removing the pins as you go. As you remove the pins, hold the fabric to keep it straight. Sew as close into the corners as you can, so that they look tidy when turned inside out.

    Step five

    Draught excluder, ready to stuff

    Once step four is complete, turn your open tube inside out so that now the side of the fabric that you want to be seen is on the outside. Dependent on what type of fabric you are using, you may want to iron down the seams at this point.

    Step six

    Old tights - perfect stuffing material

    Insert your chosen stuffing into the tube. If you are using old tights, be sure to shred them to make your finished draught excluder less lumpy.

     

    Step seven

    Christmas draught excluder - almost finished

    When your tube is full, carefully sew up the end by hand, being as neat as you can.

     

     

    Step eight

    The finished draught excluder

    Now you have a fully functional draught excluder, you may wish to add some decorative touches.

    Rosie's used recycled felt letters from an old Christmas decoration, but you could easily cut and create your own. Ribbons, buttons and pom poms look great too.