Homemade Draft Stop

The temperatures are falling and we are trying to be energy efficient this winter to save money! With that in mind, I made a draft stop for our living room door.
Supplies:
  • Heavy Fabric (I used flannel)
  • Fiber Fill
  • Thread
  • Beans

Directions:

  1. Cut your heavy fabric about 4 inches longer than your door and approximately 10 inches wide (depends on if you want a wide or thin draft stop). Sew the long ends together inside out so you have a tube.
  2. Using scraps from your heavy fabric or other scraps make 2 small bags and fill with beans that will go on the ends to weigh down the draft stop. (These can be crudely sewn because they are going to be inside the draft stop!)
  3. Sew one of your bean bags on one of the ends of the tube (that is still turned inside out.)
  4. Turn the tube right side out and stuff with fiberfill.
  5. Sew the second bean bag on the other end and sew the draft stop up!
  6. Finished! It’s ready to start helping you save money!

This draft stop took about 15 minutes to make. The stitches aren’t perfect, it’s a functional item that is going to be on the floor during the winter!

It cost me less than $1 to make! I was given the flannel and the fiber fill and used about 1 1/2 cups of pinto beans!

Try making a homemade draft stop to save money on heating costs!

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11 Replies to “Homemade Draft Stop”

  1. This is just what I needed. Thanks for the tip. I would have never thought to put bean bags in to weight it.

  2. Also a great way make it is to make two of these draft-tubes (smaller in diameter and then leave about 1-1/2" of material between them. Slide the draft blocker down under the door leaving one blocker on the outside of the door and one on the inside. You can make them a wee bit longer than the door and they will block any draft coming from under the door. I once lived in a very, very old historic house – the front door frame wasn't straight so there was gap. I made a long model and put it over the top of the door and down about 12" of the side of the door – it worked wonders and I ended up making some for friends who also lived in old historic homes. I've heard of using sand in them but never beans – if you live in the country, it would be like wrapping up a dinner snack for the mice who move into the house for the winter. Between the beans and the warm batting, my little field mice would be happily enconsed in a warm lined nest while eating their bean dinners – LOL…

    1. I read in the comments at money saving mom that someone used a beach towel, rolled it up and tied the ends with rubber bands. That would be easy and cheap if you don't have a sewing machine!!

  3. I never thought about the possibility of mice in the beans!! We shouldn't have that issue since we use our doors regularly (we're in a small condo) but I'll definitely remember the sand if we do move into a larger home!

    1. I think it would work…maybe just a smaller version! Have you thought about window plastic? When we lived in an old apartment with single pane windows we put up window plastic in the winter which really helped!

  4. We live in an old farm house and use clean kitty litter – the plain clay unscented kind. I also would be afraid of the mice during winter especially. The kitty litter is heavy and we only fill about 3/4 full. Keeps the drafts out nicely. Love your simple directions!

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