Picture of Huge Pencil Draft Excluder
If you don't know what a draft excluder is, let me try to explain it.
A draft excluder is kind of like a long snake made with fabric and wadding or upholstery foam. It is used to keep the house warmer during cold days, laying it on the floor at the bottom of a door or a window. That way the cold air that comes in from that slot doesn't make the house colder.
Like I said many times before, I am not good at sewing, but as soon as I saw the Sewing Contest I thought that this would have been the perfect opportunity for me to try and learn!
I already had the idea of creating a huge pencil shaped draft excluder because the one I had was old and ugly. The only way to do it was sewing it so, it took me a while and it's far from being perfect, but I finally did it! I must thank my mother for her patience in teaching and helping me how to do it :)

I didn't have a nice colored fabric for it so I decided to make some kind of patchwork, sewing together many pieces of fabric from one of those sample books that you can find in upholstery shops. I have those because my father was an upholsterer but you can easily find them too because once the fashion changes (and that often happens) they don't need them anymore.
I am going to show you how to make this big pencil with those samples since it turned out nice after all, but you are free to make one with a big piece of fabric that you like.

Have fun! :)

Step 1: What you need

Picture of What you need
  • upholstery foam 12cm thick (4.72 inches) and about as long as your door
  • foam rubber saw or knife (something to cut the foam)
  • ruler
  • pieces of colored fabric
  • sewing machine
  • scissors
  • pen/pencil
  • (curved) needle and thread

Interesting concept Linda and Great project :).

lindarose92 (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya1 year ago

Thank you so much Tarun!! :)

martinaaki1 year ago
Eeee che bella! Bravissima *____* (graFFie del benvenuto! ^__^)
lindarose92 (author)  martinaaki1 year ago

Graffie a teee!! :D

786Ayesha1 year ago

Great Job Linda!I am in to sewing so I see that it is easy for me.When I have the time I will make this for my kindegarden.I wonder when that will be :)

lindarose92 (author)  786Ayesha1 year ago

Oh I'm so happy about that! Let me know how it turns out, I would love to see it too! I hope you can make it soon :D

That's a lot of hard work! well done linda, cute and useful!

lindarose92 (author)  Muhaiminah Faiz1 year ago

Thank you so much Muhaiminah! The last sewing part was harder than I thought :D

HollyMann1 year ago

Adorable and USEFUL! Definitely need to make something like this. I am trying my best to keep the cold out but it's tough here where I live!

lindarose92 (author)  HollyMann1 year ago

Then I'm sure yours will turn out great! You are so much better at sewing than I am! :) I'm glad you like it!!

I really need one of these for my cottage! We are in Cali but it gets cold and the door has a horrible gap at the bottom :(

lindarose92 (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago

Oh yes, I've had these for years and they are really helpful! :)