Draft Stopper

Our mudroom was feeling drafty. The cold air is coming from the new storage area, because it’s right over the garage. Once we finish off the under side with insulation and more sheet rock it should be fine, but for now there’s a pretty good draft coming in. See, no insulation. 


So this was my solution. Not very pretty, huh? It did work, but it just wasn’t working for me.


I noticed this scarf in the mudroom last week and had a great idea.


First, I cut it to the length of the door plus about 5 inches more. Then cut some fringe on the end I had cut off, to match the other end.


I folded it length wise with right sides together and stitched along the one side to form a tube. I can sew a straight line and that’s about the extent of my sewing.


I wrapped a rubber band around one of the ends at the bottom of the fringe.


Then I started filling it with rice. Is it okay to use food storage rice to keep a draft out of your home rather than eating it? I was wondering if the rubber band would hold all the rice in, but it did. It took about 1 1/2 cans of rice to fill the tube.


After it was full, I secured the other end with another rubber band and then tied ribbons over the rubber bands, for a finished look.


It took about 20 minutes to make the whole thing. I’m pleased how it turned out and it looks much better than the rolled up towel, don’t you think?


Another free project completed. Doesn’t it feel good to re-purpose something and think of new uses for old things?

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{ 26 comments… add one }
  • Beverly @ The Buzz January 21, 2010, 6:22 am

    Great idea and you’re right, it does look better than the towel. I noticed you have those swirly light bulbs. Did you read the post at Old Centennial Farmhouse yesterday about these bulbs? Here’s the link: http://oldcentennialfarmhouse.blogspot.com/2010/01/cfl-light-bulbs-government-mandated.html

  • Steffany January 21, 2010, 8:09 am

    We have a really old house that came along with lots of drafts; we are trying to stop them…but for now, I made some of these a while ago. They aren’t as cute, I just used old khakis so they are very neutral.

    I sewed a loop in the center to hang on the doorknob when we are going in and out a lot, and we call them our “snakes”.

  • Jess January 21, 2010, 8:44 am

    We just moved into an older farm house that has drafty doors and I really wanted to get some of those twin draft guards to that they would move with the door. But I thought that I should be able to make something easily enough. But I was wondering what to use for the tubes. I really like the rice idea. And with the ends not permanently closed up, the rice could be removed for washing.
    Love this idea and your blog. I long to be Organized and peeking into the brain of an organized person helps.

  • Beth Grasteit January 21, 2010, 9:29 am

    This looks great Leanne!

  • kim January 21, 2010, 9:41 am

    I love your draft stoppers – another thing you could use to fill them is kitty litter or that stuff you put on garage floors to absorb spills – they are both a clay based product…and cheap!!! Love your blog – I really like seeing other people’s ideas!!

  • Kimberly @ Attempting Creative January 21, 2010, 10:25 am

    Thank you so much for the step by step! This is a great idea!

  • Stephanie January 21, 2010, 3:35 pm

    I love this idea!!!

  • lucy January 21, 2010, 5:41 pm

    i love the scarf:)and thats a great idea!!

  • lori January 21, 2010, 6:55 pm

    What a great way to keep the cold out. It looks much better than what they sell on T.V. Can’t remember the commerical.

    Thanks again for joining the party!!!

  • Susan January 21, 2010, 8:51 pm

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  • Treasia January 21, 2010, 11:18 pm

    What a great idea this is. I’ve wanted to make some of those draft stoppers you see advertised on TV, but for the life of me could not figure out what to use for the middle part. Now I’ve got a great inspiration thanks to you.

  • Someday Crafts January 22, 2010, 9:01 am

    Great idea! So cute!

  • Kim January 22, 2010, 11:37 am

    Fabulous idea!!!

  • Stephanie Lynn January 22, 2010, 4:11 pm

    Great idea and stylish too! I have one now but could use a pretty one…thanks for the inspiration!

  • beth January 23, 2010, 7:40 am

    always feels good to repurpose something! Way to go!

  • Lissa January 23, 2010, 9:40 am

    That’s awesome! And no, there is nothing wrong for using food storage rice for a perfectly useful household object. If you are starving you can always cut it open:)

  • Diana @ The Girl Creative January 25, 2010, 12:28 pm

    Great minds think alike!! I have a post saved in my drafts using a scarf for the same thing! Just need to do it and then will post mine too. 🙂

  • Brandi January 25, 2010, 7:02 pm

    That is awesome! I need to fix the leak in my door on the top though, not on the bottom. 🙂

  • Kimm at Reinvented January 26, 2010, 5:40 am

    I’m jealous that you can sew a straight line! 🙂 I’m still working on that, but getting better I think. That is a really fabulous idea, may have to try that one around here, it can get pretty drafty.

  • carey January 26, 2010, 11:31 am

    Great idea. I bought one for $30.00 what a waste of money.

  • Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage January 26, 2010, 2:20 pm

    I just did something similar. Ran out of rice. I filled the remainder with beans — maybe it will work! 🙂

  • Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife January 26, 2010, 7:54 pm

    What a great solution! It’s very cute and functional!

  • Heather January 27, 2010, 9:40 am

    Well, now, ain’t that just a kicker of an idea! My front door has a sagging threshold(sigh) and so know I can see daylight underneath(sigh). I’d bet my Target has scarfs on clearance(January in Phoenix means swimsuits in Target)…I could so make this even without a sewing machine.

    Lady, you just might be genius.

  • Emilee Jacobs January 27, 2010, 11:05 am

    Such cute door stopper!!!

  • Heather January 27, 2010, 5:32 pm

    It looks great!

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