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Easy Upcycled Denim DIY Draught Excluder (Door and Window)

I live in a Victorian townhouse is lovely and cool in the summer and unfortunately cold and draughty in the winter. That’s why I made a denim DIY draught excluder.

Like many old houses that cling on to their original fixtures, the wind howls through the gaps. It can be really noisy at times as 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 made my own DIY denim 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 readers.

The denim door snakes also match my decor, I have a waistband denim rug on the floor and in the lounge some Boho jeans pillows on the sofa. Not to mention all the other upcycled denim decor dotted around the house.
 

Denim draught excluders DIY

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How To Make A Personalized Denim DIY Draught Excluder

What you need

Jeans for DIY draught excluder

How to make a Denim DIY Draught Excluder

1.. First, 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).

Upcycled denim draught excluder

2. 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 DIY draught excluder, I stitched the leg up approximately five inches from the seam.

The window DIY draught excluder was made much thinner (about 1.5 inches from the seam).

cutting the denim leg for draft excluder

3. Next, turn the jean leg right side out and stencil the pun you have chosen 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 an iron and a 50/50 vinegar/water mixture (like I did with my doily stenciled pillow and denim stenciled table runner)

stenciling denim draught excluder
stenciling mind the gap on denim door snake

4. Then, 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.

filling the leg

5. To finish, 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.

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Window Diy draught excluder - made from upcycled jeans, great for sash windows.
Fun stenciled upcycled denim DIY draught excluder to keep out the cold from door gaps.

Other Stencil Phrase Ideas

 I have quite a few doors and sash windows in my house so have a number of draught excluders. This denim upcycle only used the legs of the jeans, there are some ideas of things you can make out of the leftover jeans pockets here. You can even make some cute heart keyrings out of the small scraps or a bouquet of denim flowers.

If you have anymore draught related puns I could use, I would love to hear them. Here some others I’ve already had

  • Gap jeans
  • Gone With The Wind
  • Catchin’ Air
  • Breeze Blocker
  • Blowin’ In the Wind
  • Baby, It’s Cold Outside
  • Wind Whisperer
  • Chill Out

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 needlepoint pattern here for a funky draught excluder.

You might also want to check out some of my other popular denim upcycles:

What you can repurpose from one pair of old jeans.
Denim Pocket Organizer
iPhone Denim Pocket Pillow
No-Sew Denim Suitcase
 

Fun stenciled upcycled denim DIY draught excluder to keep out the cold from door gaps.
Fun stenciled upcycled denim DIY draught excluder to keep out the cold from door gaps.
DIY draught excluder from old jeans

 
 

Penny Jordan

Sunday 18th of October 2020

Question, do you have any problems with them molding from condensation? Was thinking rice might help prevent that from happening. Thanks

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 18th of October 2020

No Penny I haven't had that problem. They keep the draught out but don't seem to get wet, if they did I'd just put them on the radiator to dry.

Lisa Manly

Monday 20th of January 2020

“Break Wind” “Wind Breaker”

Claire Armstrong

Tuesday 21st of January 2020

Love them especially " Break Wind" thank you.

Beth Weber

Tuesday 11th of December 2018

Enjoy your suggestions... here’s another comment... “just a rough draft”

Claire Armstrong

Tuesday 11th of December 2018

Thank you, like it!

Cher

Tuesday 24th of July 2018

I made a bunch of them back in the 1980’s out of cotton fabric. I made the window widths reach side to side inside the frames as cool air gets in on those sides. I filled mine with construction sand (not play sand). I still use them today!

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 25th of July 2018

They sound great too!. Mine certainly make a difference in the winter.

Arnene

Thursday 8th of March 2018

Great idea for floor drafts but the ones I have seen were filled with heavier filling such as beans or rice. Just saying :)

Claire Armstrong

Thursday 8th of March 2018

YThank you. You can fill them with lentils and beans. I do fill my smaller window ones with lentils. However, with the bigger ones I find that fiberfill works just fine for me.