How to Make a Draft Dodger for Doors and Windows

Filling fabric tube with rice

Step 7: Fill Fabric Tube

Carefully pour your filling into the tube, I made a funnel by cutting out the bottom of a paper cup, and mine took about 7 pounds of rice. If you fill the tube to about 8” from the end, you’ll leave enough fabric to sew the end shut without spilling, and the filling will spread out and be nice and pliable when you’re done. It doesn’t have to be stuffed full; a little softness will help the draft dodger mold into the cracks.

12 COMMENTS

  1. you can also use pantyhose before inserting into the sewn tube. if you have pets that chew everything,please make sure the filler is pet friendly—rice may be the best option–instead of tiny pebbles.

  2. For interior,bedroom doors or others, I use the tube insulation that is sold for pipes. (1/2″) All you have to do is prey the tube open (where it is scored) and make sure you have the correct length to match the bottom of the door. Slide the opened tube onto bottom of the door..and your done!!Costs less than $1.00 for 2 doors.

  3. In making a few door draft dodgers I would like to know the most effective filler. Rice or beans don’t seem like they would be good insulators

  4. I have made draft dodgers and filled them with rice. The rice granules are small and assists the draft dodger to fit in all the crevices and cracks. It does the job.

  5. We made 4 draft dodgers for a 48″ sliding glass deck door and side panels. For the doors we found 15″ was the best fabric width to stand from the floor and cover all seams. For the side panels 16″ was a better size. We alternated rice and shredded foam when filling. Rice was 50# for $16 at Costco; there is 20#’ish left over. Foam was $6 per bag at the fabric store (we used two). The family room is cozier already!

  6. I’m using Martha’s instructions and she uses paper kitty litter for filler. I don’t feel like spending big bucks on it though for one draft dodger. You mentioned unscented kitty litter. I have three cats so I have standard litter. Does anyone know if they will be attracted to it and leave a little gift for me? Thanks.

  7. I live in an area where, when wet, mice seem to find a way into the basement and migrate toward the heat. I’m a bit leery of using rice or any other “food”. What other weighted suggestions do you have?

  8. I really don’t want to spend food money on this – what I do have is huge bales of pine chips for rabbit litter/bedding. Can I use those?

  9. For the effort required to make a draft dodger you could just fix the door seal. Then you dont have to worry about any of the above. Not to mention, you dont have to move the draft dodger every time you open the door. My suggested filling would be shot. Small steel balls. They are heavy and they wont attract anything. And they pass right through mammals without harm.

  10. In a pinch, I’ve used old bath towels and hand stitched (tacked) together then used clear packing tape. It works and when you are done with them for the season you can take the tape off and the stitching, wash and put away for the next season or cleaning rags or what ever you were keeping them for. I usually used in front of doors that were kept closed most of the time, but still needed to keep the cold out.

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