Fabric: Cotton prints work great, but you can also use knits, old blue jeans, or any scraps you have on hand. Just make sure the fabric is woven tightly enough that your filling won’t escape!
Sewing Machine and Needle/Thread: If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can do all the sewing by hand.
Filling: About 10-15 cups of loose filling. I like to use uncooked rice because it molds so easily; but you can also use dried peas or beans, buckwheat, unscented kitty litter, coarse sand, shredded rags or plastic bags, or Styrofoam pellets.
Optional items include:
Funnel: A funnel will make the project much easier, especially if kids are helping. You can use a regular one, or improvise by cutting the bottom out of a disposable cup or plastic bottle.
Framing Square: A straight edge or square corner will help you cut a nice straight rectangle.
Newspaper Bags: If you’re worried about your draft dodger getting wet, you can place the filling inside plastic newspaper bags (the tube-shaped ones), which you then stuff inside the fabric.
Decorations: You don’t have to decorate your draft dodger, but here’s a chance to be creative! You can turn your draft dodger into a snake, a dog, or an abstract masterpiece by hot-gluing eyes, ears, buttons, twigs, or other decorations to the finished project.