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How to make a draught excluder
Sew a simple draft stopper to keep the cold weather at bay! Line the bottom of your doorways and windows to reduce heat loss. Use old curtains, heavy sheets, tablecloths, an old pair of jeans, or whatever you can tear apart. It takes a matter of minutes to make a plain draft stopper, and if you use interesting fabric it doesn't have to look boring. Or you can turn it into a ECOutletsnake, like the fab vintage ones above. What you need:
- A rectangular
piece of material, at least 40cm wide and just longer than the width of the door.
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Sewing machine or
needle and
thread
- An old pair of tights
- Stuffing (beanbag balls, rice, lentils, etc)
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Pins
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Iron and
ironing board
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Buttons and
ribbon, optional
Check out the tutorial to learn how to sew these!

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Comment by Diane Anderson on January 6, 2010 at 3:21pm
These are really cute and a great idea! I'll be making some!!
Comment by Diana Ross on January 6, 2010 at 9:17am
Filling these with rocks you use in a fish tank or filling with kitty litter is better than using peas, rice or any type of food, since mice come in your house for the winter and you don't want the mice to eat your draft stoppers! Using the tights for the filling is great and you can use velcro on one end to make the cover washable.
Comment by Janet Walters on January 6, 2010 at 8:59am
Great idea. Thanks For Sharing! I plan to make some.
Comment by Helen Wiley on January 6, 2010 at 8:24am
Wow! This is just what I was looking for this morning. I couldn't believe it was 28 degrees F. here in Savannah, Ga. That is really cold for us in the sunny south. I'll be making these this afternoon. Thanks for the info!!!
Comment by Olebean on January 6, 2010 at 7:15am
I make these but I don't add a heavy filler-I just use plain 'stuffing'. They stay put fine that way too. Plus the kids like to use them as 'beaters' with each other! ;o)
Comment by Larri on January 6, 2010 at 6:52am
My Grandma used to make these. She used sand as a filler. :o)
Comment by Gail Grange on January 6, 2010 at 6:44am
how wonderful

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