Sunday, December 9, 2018

DIY Draft Stopper for windows and doors

DIY Draft Stopper
This DIY draft stopper is easy to make at home. It is very useful in keeping cold air from entering through windows and doors. This economical DIY is cheaper and easier to make at home, and it will save us a few dollars while keeping the cold air out.  
DIY Draft Stopper
For our draft stopper we inserted stones. Inserting small stones gives the draft stopper some weight. Some choose to insert grain and rice into the draft stopper, but these could spoil and get moldy when it comes in contact with water and would cost more in the long run. 

The outer tube measurements can vary according to the size you want. This completed project measures 36" long and 8" in circular width.
DIY Draft Stopper
For the inside, I have three tubes so we can easily move the draft stopper and it made it easy to sew and insert the stones into the long tube. Each of the tubes vary in measurement, so split it into three parts from your total project measurement. Keep 1" allowance all around. 
DIY Draft Stopper
With the right sides facing inward, stitch three sides of all the four tubes - the three inserts and the final outer tube. Then cut a diagonal piece off the corner as shown on the picture so there is no bulk in the corners when it is turned to the right side. Using a ruler to push the corners will help keep it neat.  
DIY Draft Stopper
Wash the stones and dry it well before inserting it to the tube. We used stones that we already had from a previous garden project which can be purchased at any home improvement store. Small stones are preferable. Don't pack the tubes with stones, fill it about 3/4 full so it can be flexible. 
DIY Draft Stopper
By not packing it tight, it makes it easy to fold the open part of the tube inside and stitch on the top to close it. 
DIY Draft Stopper
Cut a strip of the material and make a cord, then fold it to make a loop and attach to one end of the draft stopper. This loop is helpful to easily move the draft stopper.

Choose a material that blends in with the design of the room. We love how this simple DIY project has made the room warmer and become very functional. 

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51 comments:

  1. This is easy and creative thanks for sharing!

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  2. such a simple and useful item to make

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  3. I use draft stoppers in my home also.

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  4. Using stones!! This just made my day. I love decorative draft stoppers & this seems easy to make for this not so great sewer.

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  5. I need one of these for my back door. But maybe after we get the door fixed it will be better.

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  6. we need one for the front door! looks easy to make!!

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  7. Need one of those for my back door.

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  8. I'm going to try this on the weekend !

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  9. I so need this i have a very drafty front door , thanks for sharing i will def try and make this !! Treen Goodwin Rafflecopter name

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  10. need this near the garage entrance door

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  11. would be very handy in our home!

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  12. we sure could use a few of these around our home.

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  13. our doors are all drafty, we need new weather strip

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  14. this would keep our living room nice and cozy until we get our floors done and the door fixed.

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  15. our front door is drafty, would be nice to make one for there!

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  16. This would be very easy to store away until the next winter.

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  17. Oh what a great idea! I so need this! If only I could sew! ;)

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  18. i remember my mom had lots of them in our drafty old home when i was growing up!

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  19. I like the idea of using stones to add weight, and not overfilling it so it remains flexible. The handle is also very handy. Thanks for the instructions.

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  20. I sure could use one of these for my front door
    Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard

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  21. This is such an easy and quick project to do.

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  22. would be great to make and use before we can replace our front door! has a draft!

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  23. I think this looks great. My front door can be drafty.

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  24. I don't sew but it wouldn't take hubby long to whip one of these up. He loves to sew.

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  25. i think I will let my teen daughter make one! Seems easy enough!

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  26. What a great idea, I need to make one of these to go against my garden door, there's such a draft there.

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  27. Such a smart idea and so easy to make. :)

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  28. I have made one similar to this but in a cotton.

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  29. I really love this idea. I have to let hubby know about this.

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  30. That was a cool diy door draft stopper, you make it look so easy!

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  31. This is such a great idea and so simple to make.

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  32. Very neat idea to keep the drafts out.

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  33. I like the idea of putting stones in there. It would help to keep the draft stopper in place.

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  34. This would get a lot of use in our home for sure.

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  35. I may end up making a couple of these and giving some to our family.

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  36. i made one! easy and very useful!

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    1. Happy to hear Silvia. It is an easy to make functional DIY :)

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  37. How awesome to make this for yourself. Love it!

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  38. I could use this tonight. Its very cold out and I can feel the draft on my feet. I will be so glad to get things fixed.

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  39. This is such a perfect idea qith cold weather in canada

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  40. Well my renovations will soon be done and now I won't need this dodger for now. But I am going to make one just in case.

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  41. Simple and easy to make and will keep with heating bills

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  42. I know we could make great use of a few of these draft doggers.

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  43. I like this idea to keep the drafts out. Thanks for sharing

    Londia

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  44. So useful! A quick and easy project.

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  45. My friend made me one years ago filled with quilt stuffing. I have never heard of using stones before but I think the idea is really smart. This was a very informative article.
    lindacfast@hotmail.com

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  46. I need 2 off those for my doors and I notice my daughter needs one too!

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  47. It's is a great idea! Simple and sounds very effective. Thanks for sharing!

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  48. What a great idea! I like how easy it is to make - even for a novice

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  49. This is a great idea-thanks for sharing!

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