Frugal draft excluder

Hello Friends,

I’ve had an idea kicking around for a while about how to make a frugal draft excluder.

One of our local charity shops collects rags as well as clothes for resale, and I had a bag of potential rags which included a pair of Bee’s old jeans which were full of holes.


To make my draft excluder I first measured up the door and then cut two straight sections from each leg.  I sewed these together to make it the right length and then sewed along the long straight edge and across one of the ends.


I stuffed the draft excluder with a mixture of old rags – odd socks, socks full of holes, tights, you name it, if it was old and tatty it went in.

Here’s the finished article…

IMG_1147…and here you can also see I’ve also stuffed all the cracks in the french windows to keep the cold air out.

IMG_1149Have you recycled clothing to make something for your home?

Until next time, Tawney x


Frugal draft excluder — 5 Comments

  1. I’ve made a couple of draft excluders from old jeans. I appliqued houses on one from scraps of fabric. By the way love your blog x

  2. I once made teatowels out of an old table cloth. Love your draught excluder. I once ‘hooked’ my draught excluder to the door, as everyone that came in the house never put it back against the door when the door shut again. It worked great, as when the door shut again the draught excluder went with it lol

  3. Great idea and a job well done! It’s amazing what you can make if you put your mind to it. I sometimes think the solution is to run to the store when there’s something around the house that can do the job. It’s recycling at its best. My grandmother would use old blankets or worn out rugs to make block the draft from a door.

    Hope you’re having a lovely weekend.
    tea and simplicity

    • Thank you – I think there are a lot of things our grandparents used to do that are coming round again, they certainly knew how to live frugally.
      Have a great weekend, Tawney