Upcycled Denim DIY Draught Excluder for Doors and Window
DIY Draught Excluder : My victorian town house is lovely and cool in the summer and unfortunately cold and draughty in the winter.
Like many old houses that cling on to their original fixtures the wind howls through the gaps in the old doors and the windows rattle. I love my original sash windows and old doors. I don’t want to change them. Therefore to minimize the draughts, I make my own DIY draught excluders for both my doors and windows.
The DIY draught excluder for the door is made by upcycling old jeans. I also added a bit of humour to them by stenciling on a pun or two. One says “Mind The Gap”, which if you have ever visited London you would have heard this many times when getting on and off the tube. The other stencil is “Draft Dodger”, which I confess wasn’t my idea but actually a suggestion from one of my followers.
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What you need for a DIY Draught Excluder
- Old pair of adult jeans
- Rotary cutter and mat
- Sewing Machine- with needles suitable for denim
- Fiber fill – you can buy some or use an old pillow. (If making a window DIY draught excluder you may want to use lentils or rice for the filling.)
- Letter Stencils
- White Paint – You can use either acyrlic or fabric paint.
- If making a window DIY draught excluder a leather strip or denim loop for a hanging tag.
How to make a Denim DIY Draught Excluder
- Measure the width or your door (or window) for the DIY draught excluder. My doorways are approximately 80cm (just over 2.5 feet) wide. Then turn your jeans inside out and cut the leg to the length of your doorway, most adult jeans should be long enough (if not you may need to make your DIY draught excluder in two parts).
- The leg of your jean is unlikely to be a completely uniform width across the whole length. Also it is likely to be a lot fatter than you want for your DIY draught excluder. Therefore you will need to mark and sew down the length of the leg to even it up. For the door draught excluder I sewed the leg up approximately five inches from the seam. I made my window draught excluder much thinner (about 1.5 inches from the seam).
- Turn your jean leg right side out and stencil your saying on the front. Whatever paint you use lay the stencil directly on the denim, hold down the stencil as you apply the paint with a dabbing action. If you use acrylic paint you may want to set it with and iron and a 50/50 vinegar/water mixture (like I did with my doily stenciled pillows).
- Once the paint is dry, fill your DIY draught excluder. For the door excluders I use fiber fill from old pillows. However for the window excluders I use either rice or lentils. This gives weight to the window draught excluders which help them mold to the gaps in the window. As well as keeping out draughts, the heavier filling also helps stop the sash windows from rattling in the wind.
Stitch up the ends when full. For the window excluders I add a loop (leather or denim) so I can hang them when not in use.
I have quite a few doors and sash windows in my house so have a number of draught excluders. If you have anymore draught related puns I could use, I would love to hear them. Please put them in the comments below.
These denim draught excluders are really quick and easy to make but if you want to make a more colourful DIY draught excluder I have a great free needle point pattern here for a funky draught excluder. Also you can find lots of other great sewing projects on Favecrafts.com
You might also want to check out some of my other popular denim upcycles:
Denim Pocket Organizer
Iphone Denim Pocket Pillow
No Sew Denim Suitcase