This zero waste draught excluder will not only help you stay warm in the colder weather, but will also help you to reduce your energy consumption around the home by reducing draughts and loss of warmth. That’s a win/win in my book!
This is easy enough to stitch by hand (and I’m saying this as a complete novice) so don’t worry if you don’t have a sewing machine. Obviously if you do, it’ll get done a lot faster!
What you need to make your zero waste draught excluder
Fabric (I used offcuts of old clothes that went with my living room’s colour scheme); stuffing (innards from old pillows, cushions or duvets; plastic packaging that can’t be recycled; fabric offcuts that wouldn’t otherwise get used); needle and thread.
How to make a zero waste draught excluder
First take a measurement of the door or space you’re making it for. Add an extra 4cm for stitching and stuffing.
Cut two circles to whichever diameter suits you best – I went for 12 cm. This will decide how much girth your excluder has. To figure out how wide your length pieces should be, multiply your diameter by 3.14. Don’t forget to add an extra few cms for stitching and stuffing!
Now, to stitch all of the pieces together. Before you start, make sure you’re stitching the wrong side, so all of your pieces are upside down.
First stitch one long side together, then one circle, then the other long side, then about 3/4 of the remaining circle.
Pull it inside out to reveal your “right side” and get stuffing. Once the draught excluder is suitably stuffed, stitch it up and get ready to feel warm. 🙂
Since I am not one who understands the sewing terminology and such, this tutorial has been a little “layman”. Here’s the stitch I used – this channel has lots more sewing tutorials if you’re interested!
Can’t be bothered making one? Buy this one instead!