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How to Make a Door Draft Stopper

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It get's cold during the winter, and nothing is worse than a drafty room. Create a sewn Door Draft Stopper to keep your space comfortable. This is a simple project that even beginners can try.



  • Sturdy, tightly woven fabric (8” x 41-45”)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Yard Stick
  • Filler- sand, rice, dry corn, aquarium gravel, kitty litter (You can mix in aromatic elements such as potpourri or evergreen tips)
  • Funnel



  1. Measure the length of your door frame. Most will be around 41” or 45.”
  2. Cut your fabric into a rectangle of the right width (8”) and length.
  3. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise to form a 4” wide tube with the wrong sides of the fabric facing out.
  4. Sew the length and one end together with a ½” seam allowance. Sew the length and one end again with a ¼” seam allowance. This keeps any filler from escaping.
  5. Turn your tube inside out, using the yardstick to help push it out.
  6. Using the funnel, fill the tube with the filler, leaving 1 inch at the top.
  7. Turn in ½” of the top edge and sew closed. Repeat with another seam ¼” away from the first.

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Don't want to attempt anything without a picture. Sorry.

This is yet another item without even a pic - the other listed right above this one in the Jan 10, 2013 newsletter. I cannot imagine what this person is explaining. I will use the directions of Craftylady since that is the kind I've seen. Maybe will go to ehow and use theirs since they have pics. Why even post an item without a simple pic? Very frustrating!

I've also made these for years. I add a fabric loop on one end to hang when not in use. My most recent draft stopper was filled with aquarium gravel. To reduce the weight I sewed a double seam NOT down the middle. Instead I made one side smaller than the other and filled about 2/3 full. This allows for different size gaps and one side can be "stacked" or turned up onto the other for really large gaps. Draft stoppers make such a huge difference! Happy sewing!

i agre with 14414 pic whould be nice

Simple, easy and not time consuming. I live in an old house that is very drfty. Made several for the doors and am now starting on some for the windows. I try to match the fabric with a color in my curtains.

Just a comment on filler. Made these for years & they last for years. My husband suggested I use soy bean seeds instead of corn. Reason: Mice will not chew on soy beans like they will on corn. So it's easy 2 store your filler & use when needed. I store mine in a 5gal bucket. Ask a farmer to sell you a bucket @ harvest time, cheeper that buying beans, rice & not as messy as sand, cat litter & smaller fillers. Also best for the corn hole bean bags.

Simple and now I use my image of adding something. Thanks

I too make door draft stoppers but mine are a litl' bit different. I use the foam pipe insullation that you put on water pipes (to keep them from freezing) inside the draft stopper 'tubes'. I measure the width of the doof -usually 32 or 36" then I measure how thick my door is. I double the fabric you call for plus a litl' extra for the one end 'flap' The first time you do this just wrap a piece of fabric around a tube see what that is x 2 allowance for your seams the thickness of your door. Then write this down your ready to make as many as you need. After you have sewn your outside seams shut one end across, I turn it right side out I leave this measurement ( the door thickness one) right down the middle of the 'tube'-sewing on both sides of this. Now you have 2 'tubes' made but it is all in one piece. Just cut your pipe insullation to the desired length..this can be done with a sharp pair of scissors or a knife..fold the end over...I velco this so I can take it off wash it whenever it needs it. Just slide the middle of the draft stopper under your door with one tube on each side of it. Now you are doubly insullated ! I live in the middle of Illinois believe me-we need all the weather proofing we can get to keep the cold weather out ! Enjoy Craftylady0607

the web site has pictures with some of their draft stoppers if you would like a visual. One of the brightest is on a window sill, but should give you a good idea of what they should look like. I hope this helps.

A picture would be helpful.


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