Keep your home warm: make a draught excluder

December 8, 2011

Home and Hobbies

A draught excluder

Image by owlhere, via flickr

During harsh winters we all love to keep our homes warm and toasty. But with rising fuel prices it’s easier said than done. So we thought it might be good to help you save the heat, save some cash and save the planet with a guide to making draught excluders.

Basically, draught excluders are awesome, especially if you have rattly sash and case windows like me. Instead of stopping the wind, my windows seem to just funnel it down into a smaller space so it feels like a compressed air gun is firing right into my livingroom.  Well it did until I discovered the wonderful world of draught excluder making.

Making a basic draught excluder is very easy, but as with any artsy-craftsy thing you can get more complex and make a thing of beauty.

To make a basic draught excluder you’ll need:

  • Material for the skin. It should be 40cm wide and around 4cm wider than the door/window you’ll use it on. If you’ve got an old pair of jeans or trousers you could even just cut off a leg and use that.
  • Something to sew with. A sewing machine is ideal, but don’t worry if you’ve just got a needle and thread, it won’t take that long. If you’re a bit new-fangled you could even use some of that iron on sticky stuff.
  • A pair of tights to hold the stuffing.
  • Something to stuff it with. There are loads of things you can use: rice, fine gravel, old clothes etc.
  • Pins.
  • Things to decorate it with if you’re feeling fanciful.

One you’ve got the required materials:

  • Fold the material in half. Make sure to do it lengthwise and have the inside of the skin to the outside.
  • Stitch the long edge and one of the ends to make a long sack.
  • Reach through the sack and pull it inside out.
  • Cut a leg off the tights and feed it into your sack.
  • Fill the tights with stuffing until it’s nearly up to the end of the sack then tie a knot in the end.
  • Stich the sack closed.

If you want to get funky:

  • Stitch on eyes and a tongue to make a snake.
  • Sew on multi-coloured strips of material for a shaggy look.
  • Bling it up with some rhinestones, studs or costume jewellery

Check out this lovely little video on draught excluder snakes:

Do you have any draught excluder tips to share? Have you made one before? Share your experiences in the comments box below.


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