As winter sets in, we all like our homes to be as cosy as possible. But keeping the cold out and the warmth in can be tricky.

One of the best and cheapest ways to keep out cold air is to use a draught excluder.

These handy cushions stop draughts from getting under the front door and into your home. You can also use them on internal doors to make rooms even cosier. What’s more, they’ll help you cut your energy bills.

There are a range of draught excluders available to buy. Or why not make your own homemade version?

Below, we show a simple way to create your own DIY draught excluder to keep the cold at bay.

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

If making a cushion from scratch sounds tricky, why not try something easier? There are plenty of other ways to make a DIY draught excluder. You can even recycle old clothes to help save on your energy bills.

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 for a cheap way to cut out the cold.

Got some old tights or socks? You could stuff these with filling for a simple and cheap way to banish the draughts. 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.

Don’t fancy sewing? Remember you can always use iron-on fabric tape to save on stitching!