Create your own cosy draught excluder

Christmas draught excluder

In winter 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, and you can craft one especially for the festive season - either for your own home or as a thoughtful handmade gift for family or friends.

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

Method

  1. 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.
  2. Fold your fabric in half lengthways, making sure the side of the fabric you want to be showing is on the inside.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. When your tube is full, carefully sew up the end by hand, being as neat as you can.
  8. Now you have a fully functional draught excluder, you may wish to add some decorative touches. You could easily cut and create your own felt letters, but ribbons, buttons and pom poms look great too.