How to Make a Draft Excluder

GreenfaolStarred Page By Greenfaol, 7th Jan 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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In the winter months, keeping warm is paramount. Will fuel bills rapidly on the rise, using alternative methods to stay warm is a must. This article shows you how to make a draft excluder to keep the cold at bay.

What is it?

A draft excluder is simply a sausage shaped item, much like an extended cushion, stuffed with filler (much like you would find in a cushion), that is placed along the base of a door, most often the inside for the front or back door, or the sitting room door.

How to make with material

Draft excluders are extremely easy to make. Here are the 2 very simple methods:

Material excluder, what you need –
Half metre length of material (preferably something dark) – min 80cm by 500cm
Thread, in a colour suited to material, a reel or equivalent
Needle, or sewing machine
Filler – 2 bags to be safe.

Measure your back door. Cut the material length but add 5cm to each end, and along the sides. Turn the material inside out and sew up three of the edges, either by hand or with a sewing machine.

Turn it outside in, and stuff the filling into it. Turn the top inwards as far as you can and sew across.

To knit

Knitted excluder –
Double knit wool, 200g
4.5 knitting needles (7 US)
Tapestry needle
Filler – 2 bags

Cast on 40 stitches and make a rib of about 5cm, 4 knit, 4 purl. After the rib, knit in stocking stitch (one row knit, one row purl) for the length of the door base. Finish off with another rib. Cast off.

Turn inside out and sew up the length and along one end, as you would above. Stuff with the filler and sew the top as above.

Place along the bottom of your door and enjoy being draft free.

Why not have a look at some of my other articles, such as How to Make the Perfect Scone.


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author avatar Denise O
7th Jan 2011 (#)

Good work my friend!
It really does help a lot.
Congrats on the star page, you go hon!
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar christopheranton
7th Jan 2011 (#)

I could do with a few of those.
Thank you.

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author avatar Greenfaol
7th Jan 2011 (#)

Lol, thanks guys :D Really chuffed with start too :D

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author avatar Jerry Walch
7th Jan 2011 (#)

Well, this is something that my wife might make simply because it's knitted but I prefer installing good door sweeps on my exterior doors. Door sweeps move with the door which means they will be in place to block out drafts even if everyone has left the house.

(My wife has been knitting for over 50 years so she would make them simply because they're knitted.)

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author avatar Carol
7th Jan 2011 (#)

What a good idea. Thanks for sharing

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author avatar Greenfaol
7th Jan 2011 (#)

Great idea Jerry. Sure we have them over here too, will need to look them up.
Thanks for that Carol :D

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author avatar TNT_Brian
7th Jan 2011 (#)

Draught excluders are great things, i was taught how to knit them when i was about 8 years old and never forgot. A good thing tu use for filler is all the fluff that collects in your tumble drier :) congrats on another star

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author avatar Megan
13th Mar 2011 (#)

does any1 know about draft excluders, please it's for a school project im working on :L

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