Homemade Draft Guard

by Nicki on January 11, 2010

in Creating

We all know the benefits of keeping the cold air out of your home during the heating season. It’s pretty much common sense that if you have cool drafts coming in then your furnace/wood stove/heat source is going to have to run more often.

My house is drafty and poorly-insulated.We have a programmable thermostat to make the best use of our heat. We have sealed our windows with plastic and put weather-stripping in the door casings. However, there is still a pesky draft that seeps in under the front door. Right now, my solution looks like this – it’s a rolled up blanket.

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In the past I’ve also used a rolled-up towel. They both work alright. However, I have slowly been on a quest to make things in my house look more “on purpose” rather than haphazard. So, I decided to make an on-purpose draft guard for my front door. Here’s what I did:

I used:

  • (1) 10×36″ rectangle of fabric
  • (1) 4×14″ rectangle of fabric
  • 3/4 cup dried beans
  • polyester fiber filling
  • sewing machine

Begin by sewing over the edge of the large rectangle, lengthwise about 1-1/2 inches. Sew one end closed and leave the other open. Now sew along the other side of the tiny tube you just made about 1/4″ in from the fold.

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Using a funnel, pour 1/4 cup dried beans down the tube you’ve created.

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Pin them loosely in place and sew the little bean chamber closed. Repeat this twice, or however many times it takes to nearly fill the tube.

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Sew it closed and leave an open gap of at least 2 inches at the end.

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Now, fold the long raw edge over to meet the bean-filled side’s tiny edge (the fabric should be wrong-side out at this point). Sew one end closed (not the end with the 2 inches slack) and all the way up the side. I have no idea why I didn’t take a picture of this step. I don’t feel like I’m explaining it well!

Now the fun part, turn it right-side out. It will be a little tight but doable. Once it’s all turned, begin filling it. I used a rolling pin to force the filling down to the bottom. Try to fill it somewhat evenly and squish it around with your hands if you need to.

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Ok, set that piece down and make a loop for the end with the other rectangle of fabric. Simply fold the top and bottom edges to the middle and then fold the whole thing in half, creating a long band with the edges concealed (press it with an iron real quick to set it in place). Now sew along both long edges. Keep the ends open and raw because they’ll just be hidden anyway.

Now pick up the main piece. You should have a little slack on the end. Fold the raw edges to the inside and insert the loop into that open end. Pin it in place and try it over your door handle to be sure it fits.

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Now sew it closed and lay it on the floor. Much nicer than a rolled up blanket and you can throw it over the door handle if it gets in the way when you’re in and out of the door.

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Now I need to paint the door!

Of course, I scavenged around my house for all the materials for this project so it didn’t cost me any money out of pocket. :)

Why I do what I do ~ This morning I gave Chloe some strawberries with her breakfast and then asked, “How are the berries?” Chloe replied, “I don’t have any berries, only strawberries.” I told her that strawberries are a kind of berry, like a blueberry or a blackberry or a raspberry, etc. She insisted they aren’t and never ended up believing me. I wondered if that would parallel conversations we’ll have in her teen years …Have you liked Domestic Cents on Facebook yet?

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1 Stephen S January 12, 2010 at 6:38 pm

That’s neat! Thanks for sharing this!

Hmmm, another reason to obtain a sewing machine… ;)

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2 Money Funk January 12, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Great frugal project that could potentially save you tons of money in heating bills.

BTW, I take it Chloe is your daughter. I have a 9 year old that is adamant half-and-half should be labeled correctly. When I first bought it she said, “half and half of what?”.

She didn’t want to take the arguement that everyone knows what it is, just like Kleenex.

LOL. Gotta love em’.
.-= Money Funk´s last blog ..iPhone vs Blackberry: did I get the wrong phone? =-.

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3 Brie January 14, 2010 at 9:48 am

Love your draft guard idea! I was just saying to my DH that we need to get two of those. :)

As for the conversation w/ your daughter, I believe they call that foreshadowing. ;-) GL with that!!

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4 Danna January 14, 2010 at 8:32 pm

I was recently told that strawberries aren’t berries by a very knowledgeable adult- so I had to look it up. Turns out Chloe is right. I don’t think many people other than botanists are aware of this, but I thought it was interesting. Oh, and good luck with teenage-hood. :-)
According to http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/berry
“berry: Simple, fleshy fruit that usually has many seeds (e.g., the banana, tomato, or cranberry). The middle and inner layers of the fruit wall often are not distinct from each other. Any small, fleshy fruit is popularly called a berry, especially if it is edible. Raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries are not true berries, but rather aggregate fruits—fruits that consist of multiple smaller fruits. The date is a one-seeded berry whose stone is hard nutritive tissue.”

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