Draught excluders are handy cushions that stop draughts from getting under the front door and into your home. You can also use them on internal doors. And they can help reduce the energy your home uses.

There are a range of draught excluders available to buy, or you could make a own homemade version. Below, we show a simple way to create your own DIY draught excluder.

Homemade draught excluder cushion

Materials and equipment needed:

  • A piece of fabric or material longer than the width of your door. It needs to be strong, as it’s going on the floor.
  • Soft toy stuffing or foam. You can get this from most craft shops. Or you can use old socks or tights as filling.
  • A large piece of paper to use as a template.
  • A tape measure.
  • Fabric or sharp scissors.
  • Sewing machine or a needle and thread.
  • Tassels or buttons for decoration.

How to make a draught excluder cushion

  1. Measure the door where you want your draught excluder to go. You’ll need to make your cushion a little bit longer than the width of the door. This will make sure it reaches to the door frame and no draughts get past.
  2. Cut a template from your paper for one side of your cushion. This should be the same length and width as your cushion will be.
  3. Use the paper pattern to cut out two pieces of fabric – one for each side of your cushion.
  4. If you’re adding decorations like a trim, tassels or buttons, position them where you want them on the fabric. Then sew them on.
  5. Put the two pieces of fabric for your cushion together, lining them up exactly. Make sure the patterned side of the fabric is on the inside. This will hide the stitches from view.
  6. Now start sewing! Keep your stitches about 1cm from the edge of the fabric. Leave an opening so you can turn the material inside out, leaving the pattern on the outside.
  7. Stuff your cushion with the foam or other filler. Then stitch up the opening so it doesn’t come out.

Make your own recycled draught excluders

There are plenty of other ways to make a DIY draught excluder. You can even recycle old clothes.

For a quick version, cut the leg off an old pair of jeans or the arm from an old jumper and turn them into draught excluders. Stuff them with filling and sew up the ends.

Got some old tights or socks? You could stuff these with filling. Just remember to add something to weigh them down and keep them in place. To do this, mix some dried peas or beans with the filler before sewing them up.

Remember you can always use iron-on fabric tape rather than sewing.