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Dodging a Winter Draft with a Draft Stopper

Door draft stoppers will help you save money on your heating bills every month in winter. Don’t settle for an ugly one, dodge winter drafts coming through your doors and windows by making a colorful draft stopper that will not only stop drafts, but adds color to your winter decor.

Save-money-on-heating-bills with a draft stopper

If you live in southern climes, then you probably don’t need to find ways to dodge the chill of winter from seeping through your door and windows.  Here in Pennsylvania, if you live in an old house or one that is not sealed properly,  you are going to feel a draft from time to time.

How to Stop Winter Drafts Coming Into a House

There are two easy ways to stop cold drafts. Let’s talk about the pretty way first.

Before-&-After-Draft-stopper

  1. Use a fabric draft stopper or draft dodger along the bottom of an exterior door.  I found the one on the left at a local department store for under $10.  It was cheaper to buy than to make, so I bought it knowing I could easily cover it with a scrap of fun fabric I had left over from another project.  I added some pom-pom’s, too.

2. The second way to save on your heating bills this winter is not so pretty, but is super easy and even more effective at keeping the winter drafts away. It’s weather stripping. More on adding this at the end of the post.

How To Make a Door Draft Stopper

I made a new cover for a store bought draft stopper, but here is how to make the a draft stopper to cover.

You will need an old long sleeve shirt or sweater.

  • Cut one of the sleeves off a shirt or sweater.
  • Sew one end closed.
  • Stuff it with batting, a rolled towel or dried beans.
  • Then make a fabric cover for it the way I explain in the instructions below.

How to Make a Colorful Cover for a Draft Stopper

supplies needed:

  • Draft stopper – I found mine at a local store in the bargain basement, but Home Depot sells brown fabric ones by Frost King.   
  • Fabric
  • Thread to match
  • Yarn
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors

How-to make a draft stopper

1.  Measure the length and width of draft stopper.  Cut 2 pieces of fabric to those measurements and add about an inch all around for seam allowance.   Lay the fabric right sides together on work surface and pin one short side and two long sides together.  Sew together on a sewing machine.   Remove pins, turn right side out. Place draft stopper inside. Sew open end together by machine or hand.

How-to-make-a-pom-pom

Optional:  I made a pom-pom for each corner.

To learn how to make pom-poms, see this post: A Little Bit of Chic, Warm, and Snuggly

Pom-pom-trim for a draft stopper

Hot glue or hand stitch a pom-pom to each corner.

Make-your-own-draft-stopper

Place in front of door.

Winter draft stopper

How To Add Weather Stripping to a Door

There are many types of weatherstripping from caulks to self adhesive foam and rubber. I wanted to use something that would look good around the door that goes out to my deck in my family room and chose to use one by Frost King. It is rubber and has adhesive on it already. I had it around the door jam in less than 5 minutes.

How-to-apply-weather-stripper

Home-Depot-Weather-Sealers

I also use EPDM Rubber Self-Sticking Weatherseal tape instead of caulk. Caulk is perfect to use around drafty windows.  Simply measure around the door jam and cut a piece of the tape to that measurement. Remove paper backing and press into the door jam.

Rubber-weather-seal-for-door

For that little bit of time and effort, I will save a lot more in heating costs this winter by simply doing this.  No handyman or contractor needed.

If you would like to find out more ways to Winterize your home, check out the tips from Home Depot.

Before-&-After-Draft-stopper

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13 Comments

  1. Diane! How cute is this?!?! It’s so cheerful and whimsical, but most of all, USEFUL! Thank you for sharing. We live in a great OLD house. There are 5 different entrances into this old house. As much as we’ve worked to improve the house’s energy efficiency, when winter blows, each of those 5 doors has a draft. We’ve talked about getting new doors, but the current doors are original to our house and nothing else would be quite the same. Now all of the doors will have a charming winter accessory and out toes will always stay warm!

    1. Hi Judy – The front door of my previous house had such a drafty door. Since it was a focal point in the foyer I had to come up with something colorful. :-) Placing them in front of the doors, really does help keep the cold out.

  2. I love the colors and print you chose and the pom pom’s are just too cute to mention.

    I can not afford to buy one ready made and I ADORE the smell of Cedar. I sure do miss my Cedar lined closets for winter wool coats and such. If I had the money, I would line every closet in this tiny house with planks of it.

    I love Pine also and I recenty (last month) stumbled upon a feed store a few miles from me that sells Stall Master. It is 100% Pine wood pellets and an American product. I bought a 40 lb bag for I believe it was less than $6 including tax. I bought it primarily for kitty litter and I love it!!! It also works for neck pillows, the draft dodgers and anything you want…. it is just wonderful.

    Have a wonderful day everyone and try to keep warm.

  3. Hey, cute fabric! I make my own draft dodgers without buying a pre-made one. The best stuffing I have found is cedar shavings (that you would use for pets). They smell good, are good insulation, and are much cheaper than poly batting. The shavings are usually sold in large bags that would fill lots of draft dodgers (you know, if you need a lot of them, I’m in Maine :)) If you sew the end so that you can open and re-close it, you can empty the shavings at the end of winter in order to wash the cover, save it, and refill for the next winter.

  4. Believe it or not but some places in the Southern part of the country need draft dodgers too. I’m in the suburbs of Los Angeles but it gets a bit cool in the winter. Of course nothing like Pennsylvania or anywhere back east. The housing that I live in was built for quick housing needed for the Aerospace employees during the late 50’s, early 60’s. My house was built in 1960 and no insulation and old windows. We haven’t upgraded to newer windows etc yet and it gets really cold. My husband messed up when he was fixing the front door threshold so a draft dodger would be good. I love the draft dodger you made because of the fabric and the pompoms. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Diane,

    I had a draft stopper like that before….but yours is so much prettier! Love the polka dots!

    Have a blessed and Merry Christmas!

    blessings,
    karianne