Why not combine energy saving with a fun half-term activity with the kids? We can help you winter proof your home so it’s draught free, cosy and costs a little less to heat with our do-it-yourself draught excluder guide!

You’ll need:

  • Fabric cut to the length of your doorframe. Go for a thick cotton as it’ll be more durable (recycled jeans or curtains would work great too)
  • Fabric scissors (or good sharp ones)
  • Pins, a needle and thread
  • A sewing machine (if you have one)
  • Soft toy stuffing. You can buy this from most craft shops or use the insides of an old pillow, tights or odd socks.

Step one:

Find a piece of fabric that’s just longer than the doorframe where the draught excluder is going to go (and between 35-40 cm wide). This could be a piece of fabric that’s been left over from another project or an item of clothing you no longer use.

Step two:

Fold your fabric in half lengthways; making sure the side of the fabric that you want to be showing is on the inside.

Step three:

Pin down the length of your fabric along one end to create a tube with one opening, ensuring the fabric stays in place ready for the fourth step. If you’ve not quite cut a rectangle, you can use a tape measure to place the pins in a straight line, trimming off the excess fabric

Step four:

Sew the pinned sides, either by hand or using a sewing machine, removing the pins as you go. As you do this, hold the fabric to make sure it stays straight. Sew as close into the corners as you can, so they look tidy when turned inside out.

Step five:

Turn your tube inside out so that the side of the fabric you want to be seen is on the outside of the draught excluder.

Step six:

Insert your chosen stuffing into the tube. If you’re using old tights, make sure you shred them so the draught excluder isn’t too lumpy.

Step seven:

When it’s full carefully sew up the tube by hand, being as neat you can.

We’d love to see what you make! Why not show off your handmade draught excluders on our Facebook page and Twitter feed? The first five families to do so will each win a sun lamp solar light!

Step eight: 

It’s finished! Why not get really arty and turn your draught excluder into a character; add some ears, eyes and a nose and you’ll have a sausage dog, or some googly eyes and a tongue to make a snake! Or how about making felt letters and personalising it with your name? Ribbons, buttons and pomp poms will look great too – the possibilities are endless!

We’d love to see what you make. Why not show off your handmade draught excluder on our Facebook page? The first five families to do so will each win a sun jar lamp!

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