How to Make an Inexpensive Draft Stopper

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric, 5 feet wide, 3 feet long

  • Scissors

  • Sewing machine

  • Thread

  • Rice or sand

  • Needle

If the cold air chills your home, air could be coming in from outside from under exterior doors. Keep the cold out out by creating an inexpensive, simple draft stopper you can place at the bottom of your doors.

Step 1

Fold the fabric in half lengthwise with the wrong side out, making sure it is straight.

Step 2

Sew a 1/4-inch seam around two of the three openings, leaving one small end open so you can fill your stopper.

Step 3

Backstitch over those seams to reinforce the stitches.

Step 4

Turn the stopper right-side out, using a yard stick or crochet hook to push the corners out.

Step 5

Fill the stopper with rice or sand, leaving about 1 inch unfilled.

Step 6

Carefully tuck in the edges of the fabric and sew the end closed with a few hand-sewn stitches to hold the filler in.

Step 7

Stitch the end closed tightly with the sewing machine.


Use fabrics that coordinate with the room the stopper will be used in.