Does your house or apartment feel a little drafty? Today on Beginner Sewing Projects, I’m going to show you How To Make A Door Draft Stopper. My house where I live is older, meaning it has lots of charm, but also lots of gaps in between door frames, windows, and the like. I got the idea to make this little project when I walked by my sliding patio door and felt a small jet stream of cold air pouring in. I began googling how to stop drafts from under door and quickly realized I could make this door draft blocker easily myself. We have lots of places in our home that let in cold air so these will help keep us warmer and lower our utility bill. These will work great in summer too and keep the hot air out and the cold air in. You only need a little bit of fabric to make these depending on the size of your door or window you are trying to block. I picked out some neutral color fabric to help them blend into my floors and they turned out great. This is a great scrap buster project if you wanted to use up some of your leftover fabric as well.
With this door draft stopper being weighted it helps to keep it in place by the door. I like to use poly-pellets because they do not soak up water and lessen the chances of any mold or mildew from any moisture that may come from under the door or window. I highly recommend this unless you want to change these out every couple of weeks. Plus, my kids have a superpower for spilling milk or juice on stuff I don’t want to get wet so having the extra peace of mind is worth it in my book. Gather up your supplies from the list below and let’s get started!
What You’ll Need:
- Fleece Fabric
- 18 oz Poly Pellets (more or less depending on the size you make)
- Thread to match
- Iron or heat press
- Thread Clippers
- Sewing Clips
- Measuring tape
- Rotary Cutter, Cutting Mat, & Ruler
- Sewing Machine
You’ll only need a few supplies for this little project. You’ll need some fabric. I was able to use some leftovers from a previous project so be sure to check your scrap pile. You’ll need some matching thread and some filler material. I used poly pellets for the reasons I listed above, but it is up to your personal preference. You’ll need some clips, some scissors, or a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler, which I recommend always if you plan on getting more into sewing. You’ll also need a basic sewing machine. I’ve listed my favorite beginner if you need some ideas on where to start. Now let’s get to sewing!
How To Make A Door Draft Stopper
The first step in this how to make a door draft stopper sewing tutorial is to figure out the size you need. You can do that by measuring how wide the door or window is and then add an inch to it. For this one, we cut the fabric 35 inches long by 6 inches wide. I used some fleece I had leftover from a previous project to keep the cost down and it was just large enough.
Next, take the fabric strip you cut and fold it in half lengthwise. Clip it together along the edges all the way down, making sure the ends are open.
Now on this how to make a door draft stopper sewing tutorial, it’s time to head over to the sewing machine. Using about a 1/4 inch seam allowance, sew across one end making sure to do a backstitch at the start. Then turn the corner and sew all the way down the clipped side. Do a backstitch when you get to the end. This will leave you with one open end to turn the door draft blocker right side out in the next step.
Using the end of a pencil or another similar object, push that one stitched end inside and work it through to the other end until you have the whole thing turned right side out. This will make your door draft stopper look nicer with the seams inside.
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Now on this how to make a door draft stopper sewing tutorial, we will fill up the tube. I used poly pellets because they don’t soak up water and are less likely to have mold or mildew issues like I mentioned earlier. Fill it with up until you only have about 3/4 to an inch of space left. You may have to hold it up a few times to get all the pellets to work their way down the tube.
When it is full, fold the raw edge inside by about a half-inch. Then sew it closed making sure to do a backstitch at the start and finish. If you do not wish to see the stitching, you could sew by hand using a ladder stitch.
And that’s it! Now you know how to make a door draft stopper! This simple and easy sewing project will keep the drafts out and your energy bill down! I wish I had made these sooner. They work great in winter or summer. I made mine out of fleece so it moves easily with the door. I feel a noticeable difference when I walk by my patio door, no more jetstream of air coming in! This is a super easy sewing project perfect for beginners. If you can sew a straight stitch, you can make this project. I made one for every door and window on the lower level of my house and one for my bedroom door to keep the warm air in so I sleep nice and toasty. Whether you used some scrap fabric or bought some special, this is one project that will pay for itself many times over in energy savings.
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- Figure out the size you need. You can do that by measuring how wide the door or window is and then add an inch to it.
- Cut out your fabric. For this one, we cut the fabric 35 inches long by 6 inches wide.
- Fold the fabric in half lengthwise and clip it together along the edges all the way down.
- Using about a 1/4 inch seam allowance, sew across one end making sure to do a backstitch at the start. Then turn the corner and sew all the way down the clipped side. Do a backstitch when you get to the end.
- Using the end of a pencil or another like object, push that one stitched end inside and work it through to the other end until you have the whole thing turned right side out.
- Fill it with poly pellets until you only have about 3/4 to an inch of space left.
- When it is full, fold the raw edge inside by about a half-inch.
- Sew it closed making sure to do a backstitch at the start and finish. If you do not wish to see the stitching, you could sew by hand using a ladder stitch.
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