Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Draft Stoppers

It has seemed so unseasonably cold here lately.  The temperature is below zero at night and doesn't warm up much during the day.  But what is worse is the wind, which has been bringing the wind chill to about -20 for much of the day and night.  In fact, as I write this, it is almost noon and the temperature is -4 with a wind chill of -19.

Fortunately, I don't have to do much outside.  But of course the furnace runs a lot when it's so windy.
So I decided to do a little bit about it (no, not move south, although it's sometimes tempting).  Last summer I came across a great bargain at a garage sale:  76 yards of flannel for $30.  Most of the pieces were several yards each.  At about $.40 per yard, how could I pass it up?

What a great way to use some of it by making draft stoppers for the doors. 

Here are some before I turned them right side out. 

I filled the first one with rice, but then remembered that we have a lot of dried beans, so that's what I'm using for the rest.

Once I got started, I decided why not make them for the windowsills, too.  So, I'm going to end up with 23, four for the doors and the other 19 for windows.

And here are the first four finished.

Hopefully, having these will help when the wind blows.  And the cost to make them was minimal which is always nice.

I'm linking up with Sew Darn Crafty


  1. This is a really good idea! I'm grateful for quilts to cuddle up under on these bitterly cold days. Thanks for visiting my blog today... I'm hoping that spending a year using what I have and making things I can use or give away will keep me on the finishing path.

    1. Time will tell if these draft stoppers do much good. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Brilliant idea. Hope these help to keep you warm!

    1. So far they seem to have helped, but we'll know better when it gets below zero again. Thanks for looking at my blog.