Now that autumn is here and those nights are becoming chillier and the wind is often gusty, how about checking some of those draughts and saving on the heating bills by making your own door draught excluder? It’s easier than you think. You don’t have to have a single large piece of fabric, any scraps will do. You can mix and match a range of colours and textures to create a lovely bright feature for your hallway. Here’s how …….
Select some fabrics. These can be in a similar tonal range, but in different textures. Here we have used some heavy weight upholstery fabric with an almost North African flair which was left over from making a chair seat cushion for a client, teamed with some pieces of velvet from a book of samples of discontinued fabric. You could use a variety of different colours with a similar texture, or colours and textures which contrast. Or why not use florals and stripes, or checks? You may even find some interesting fabrics in charity shops – a perfect bit of “upcycling” (see our March entry)
Play with different combinations of colour and texture until you find a combination that you like. You can create all sorts of ‘looks’ – rustic, shabby chic, modern bold stripes of colour, anything that matches your own style of decor and colour scheme.
Sew all the pieces together allowing at least 1/2″ (or 1.5 cm) for seams. If the fabric looks likely to fray it may be better to overlock the edges if you can, but as the seams will be inside the draught excluder this is not usually necessary.
Continue to join fabric pieces together until long enough to fit the door, plus seam allowances at each end. We made ours 34″ (cut 35″ with seams) long which is fairly standard for a front door, and 7″ wide as the door has a stormboard outside and we wanted to be sure to cover the gaps to each side. Repeat the process to make a second strip of fabric. Press all seams open.
Place both fabric pieces together, right sides facing and stitch around the edges, leaving a 6″ gap to turn right sides out and to add the filling. You don’t have to buy special wadding. We used scraps of fabric cut into strips. You could also use an old towel, old pullovers or T-shirts, or old socks. As long as they are clean! You could even use shredded newspaper, or if you have some old cushions that have become matted you could use the fillling. There are all sorts of eco-friendly materials you could use. Once you have enough filling in place, fold the edges in, press and pin in place. Close the seam either using handstitching or machine very close to the edge. Your door draught excluder is ready to go.
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