Frugal Family

I Made A Draught Excluder… Go Me!

Before note… please realise I am not an arty-farty person, and this whole post was completely unplanned. Winged it! I’m surprised I managed to make it at all!

It’s now turning colder, and lets admit it… we are all bloody freezing… and with energy bills now going up we are becoming more and more reluctant to turn up the heating, or even on in some cases!

Our house has a little front porch that leads straight to the living room. The last few days I have noticed that the porch is always freezing cold, and letting a cheeky freezing draught come under the door and straight into the living room, landing on my toes! Bbrrrrrr!

‘Enough is enough’ I thought! I looked online and in catalogues to see how much a draught excluder cost, and was surprised… not in a good way! So, I decided to rummage in the airing cupboard to see what I could find to make my own. First I pulled out some holey leggings then decided against using them (its winter, I WILL need to sleep in them), so instead I chose an old duvet cover that hasn’t been on my bed in years. So here I begin my tutorial for a make-shift draught excluder…. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I shall begin….

What you will Need:

A Duvet cover. Seriously that’s it (Except for scissors, sewing machine and/or needle and thread)

duvet draught excluder

Start by measuring how wide your door is, then add a few centimetres either side. Better to be long than short, eh ladies!  😉

You should end up with something like this…..

duvet draught excluderNow turn it inside out, and using your sewing machine (or by hand if you have the patience, which I don’t) sew along the long side. You should now have just one opening, at the end of the sleeve. *snigger*.

sewing machineNow, turn it back out the right way. Get the rest of your duvet and cut it into strips. If you prefer a squishy exclude and not lumpy cut your strips into 3cm x 30 cm strips. If your like me… never plan to get comfy on it, and don’t care about lumps, you can cut your strips bigger. Remember, as I hinted earlier, this is not a squishy pillow to rest your beautiful head upon. It is a draught excluder. You can stuff it with anything…. newspaper, old pants, your hubbys best golf jumper…. anything!!


Once stuffed, take your open end, fold over the scruffy edges and sew up! You should now have your finished draft excluder!!

If you are feeling really snazzy, raid your kids craft box, steal a few sequins and ribbons and go WILD!!!!

Here is my finished draught excluder…. I know what your thinking….. Great pressie for me Nan!!!

duvet draught excluder

Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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