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
- upholstery foam 12cm thick (4.72 inches) and about as long as your door
- foam rubber saw or knife (something to cut the foam)
- pieces of colored fabric
- sewing machine
- (curved) needle and thread