Tutorial: Draught Excluder
Have you heard that We Love Low Cost Living? We do! We've joined a new low-cost living initiative along with The Hornbeam Cafe and many other organizations, and we'll be telling you all about it over the coming months. To get things started, we've got a tutorial, courtesy of our volunteer Margaret, to make a cheap and easy draught excluder that can be made with items you've likely got at home.
To get started you'll need:
A thick blanket, single or double
A measuring stick or tape
A long, thick needle (curved, if possible) and strong thread
At least 10 strong safety pins
Fabric glue (optional)
Before getting started, double check that your blanket will fit under your draughty door. Then, measure the depth of the door and width of the door jamb (not the door, as the door jamb will be a bit narrower).
Next, cut a strip the width of the door from your blanket. (You can probably get three draught excluders from one blanket.) Then, fold your strip in half lengthwise.
Mark the centre point at the fold with a safety pin. Unfold the blanket and place two more safety pins on either side of the centre mark, using the door depth measurement. (So, if the measurement was 6 cm., you should have a safety pin 3 cm. on each side of the centre pin.)
Lay the blanket flat, and start rolling one short edge toward the centre safety pins. Be careful to make the first few rolls quite tight.
Keep rollng, stopping a few centimetres before the first pin.
Now you have a choice: if you are going to pin your draught excluder, make one more, very loose roll up to the first pin. If you are going to sew your draught excluder, skip down the page a bit.
Gather the excess fabric in the last roll as shown.
And pin all the way across, placing the pins a few centimetres apart.
If you have an outie, like we did, just trim it. Then repeat these steps on the other side.
For the sewing option, roll your blanket to the safety pin as above, but don't make the last roll loose, as in the lower photo. (If you'd like to reinforce it with glue, do so before making your final roll, as shown in the first photo.)
Flip the draught excluder and sew the top two layers together using a back stitch. (A curved needle comes in handy here.) It doesn't have to be neat, just strong.
And you're done! Admire your handiwork…
…slip under the door, and prepare to be toasty.