Posted on March 2, 2015
Beginner’s Sewing Project- Draught Excluder
* Warning- Experienced and Accomplished Seamstresses Look Away Now! *
Let me begin by saying, I am not gifted in sewing. I will have a go, and I have been keen for a long time to make homemade furnishings and other crafts, but I am not very skilled or delicate in this regard! However, in the event that someone else is reading this who is in the situation I was in when we got married (i.e. artistically and aesthetically challenged!), perhaps this post will be of help.
Our new house is a traditional Scottish highland croft house- stone built, and at the moment quite draughty. My husband has already made huge progress on damp and draught-proofing the house, but in the mean time, I have been putting up door curtains with blankets sewn on behind them, and I have made a draught excluder for the front door, which needs repaired.
Step by Step Instructions to Sew Your Own Draught Excluder:
1. Measure the width of the doorway. Make sure you add a couple of inches to this to allow for seams, and the material stretching over the stuffing.
2. Measure out the correct amount of your chosen fabric to match your doorway (I had been given a fairly large piece of thick fabric with Latin writing on it, from a kind customer of my husband’s, before we moved), and mark on the fabric with pencil or chalk.
3. To make a nice wide draught excluder, measure 12 inches wide, and again mark the fabric with chalk or pencil.
4. Cut out your fabric using sharp scissors, fabric sheers or a rotary cutter. You should now have a large rectangle of fabric, 12 inches by whatever the width of your doorway is.
5. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise, with the pattern on the inside.
6. Pin one of the short ends and the long side, leaving the other short end open, to allow stuffing to be inserted.
7. Sew the pinned sides leaving a half inch border outside your sewing. Be sure to go over each end of your stitching, to make sure it doesn’t unravel.
I used a sewing machine for speed and neatness (I already mentioned my lack of skill in sewing by hand!), but you could sew it by hand if you don’t have a machine.
8. Snip off a small triangle of fabric from outside your seam, at the corners of the small end you have sewed. This will allow the stuffing to get completely to the ends of the draught excluder and the corners to sit properly.
9. Turn the fabric the right way out again and stuff with something cosy that will keep the draughts out! If you have shop-bought stuffing or batting that is great, but I cut some leftover blanket from my curtain lining job into strips, and used that.
10. Fold the edges of the open end inside the draught excluder about half an inch, and pin them shut.
11. Machine or hand sew the end closed, removing the pins as you go, and making sure you go over the start and end of your stitches so that it does not come undone.
12. Place your newly finished draught excluder in front of the offending door- it should now be a lot less draughty!
In future I would like to post on more Beginner’s Sewing Projects. Please comment below if you have any ideas or (gentle) constructive criticism!
You can download a PDF of the instructions for the draught excluder sewing project below, if you would like to print them.
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