With Old man Winter swiftly approaching, we are turning our attention to ways to help improve or provide insulation from the cold. This is a great way to help save money and stretch your energy dollars. One method that is inexpensive and can definitely help keep the cold out is with a door draft blocker. This can be simply utilitarian or can also be decorative. To make a simple, yet functional door draft blocker you only need a few items and some simple skills.
One thing you will need is the ability to sew by hand or machine. As for sewing unfortunately this is not something that you can purchase, but it can be learned with a little practice. You will simply need to be able to sew a straight line. I prefer to use a machine, as it is faster, but this can be done by hand if you do not have a machine. The other tings you will need to complete this project can be purchased readily and are material, dried beans or sand for the filling, thread, scissors and a tape measure.
- The first thing you will need to do to create your door draft blocker is to measure the length of the door. Once you have that number, add 2 inches for the seams and 2 more for the overhang. You do not want to simply make this the same size as the door, but you will want it slightly longer to provide the best draft protection.
- Once you have your measurements, simply cut your material to length. As for the width, that is up to you. It just needs to be wide enough to provide ample coverage of your door bottom in order to block the draft.
- Once your material is cut to size, you need to sew together the cut edges lengthways, making a long tube. Then sew together one end. Leaving one end open for putting in the filling.
- Now you need to fill the sock with your filling. I listed in the supplies to use either sand or dried beans. I prefer sand, as it is denser and blocks the draft better, but it is a little messier to work with.
- Once your draft blocker is filled, you need to sew the end closed.
Your door draft blocker is now ready for use. However, you can choose to make it more decorative, for example by making a decorative/ removable cover from a holiday fabric to match the season. This is not only decorative but also practical, as the outer sock can be removed and laundered.