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Video:How to Make a Door Draft Stopper

with Lea Elleseff

Are drafty doors and leaky windows raising your heating bills? It's easy to make a custom draft stopper with some things that are probably just laying about your house. See how it's done!See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make a Door Draft Stopper

Hi, I'm Lea Elleseff for about.com, here to share with you instructions on how to make a draft stopper, a very useful do-hicky for drafty doors and leaky windows which ultimately may look something like this or this.

Door Draft Stopper Supplies

Here's what we'll need:
  • a 9 by 36 inch rectangle of fabric
  • scissors
  • sewing pins
  • a sewing machine
  • 4 pounds of dried beans
  • bits of thick and soft material for stuffing
  • 4-5 small plastic bags

Measure the Draft Stopper and Door

Let's begin. Here is our 9 by 36 piece of sturdy fabric. These dimensions are excellent for standard doors, but it is wise to measure the gap underneath your door just to make sure.

Hem the Stopper Fabric

The first thing you'll want to do is hem up one of the shorter edges, because this one will remain exposed. Place your fabric right side down and fold one of the edges over an inch or so. Pin in three times to keep it in place and using your sewing machine's straight stitch sew in as straight of a line as you can.

To do this, place the fabric under the raised foot like so drop the foot and push on the peddle to sew. Sew all the way across keeping a third of an inch from the edge. Lift the foot and the needle, tug on the fabric and cut loose the threads.

Form the Draft Stopper

Once that's done, turn your fabric right side up and fold it in half lengthwise. And you are ready to sew the two long edges together. Sew all the way down just like you did with the seam, and repeat this process with the shorter edge that you did not hem. Turn your cloth, which now resemble a long tube sock right- side-out.

Fill the Draft Stopper

Take your beans and divide them up into four or so plastic baggies throw a bunch of stuffing in each bag. I'm using an pieces of an old sweater, other options are pillow stuffing or scraps of any old cloth.

Close off each plastic bag with a knot, and one by one drop them in the long tube-like sock. Pat the whole thing to make sure it is even and now all that's left to do is sew up the opening.

Ta-da! All done. I will use this one to at the foot of my front door. It should save me quite a bit of money on my next energy bill. Thanks for tuning in, to learn more join us at About.com.
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