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SewUseful Tree Branch Draft Dodger

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This Instructable will show you how to make a draft dodger (the thing that you put in front of your door to fill the gap and block the draft). This particular draft dodger looks like a tree branch with twigs and leaves and is sure to keep your drafts at bay.

Note: This could also be used as a soft indoor retrieving stick for your dog or a roll pillow if you change the dimensions.

If you find yourself without the time to make your own SewUseful Tree Branch Draft Dodger or you really want this one, you can purchase it here via Etsy.
 
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Step 1: Preparation

Gather Materials:
- Fabric for "wood" - 1/4 yard
- Fabric for "leaves" - scraps (1/16 yard if you are buying new)
- Fiberfill or some sort of stuffing medium
- Sewing Thread
- Embroidery Thread - 2 colors to coordinate with your "wood" and "leaf" fabric.

Note: Amount of fabric needed may be more or less depending on the size of your finished piece.

Other Equipment Needed:
Ruler, pencil for marking, scissors, pins, needle, iron, sewing machine or be prepared to hand sew, and a clean work area.

Prep Your Fabric:
Fabric should be washed and dried to preshrink it then ironed to smooth out wrinkles.

Step 2: Cut Your Fabric

Branch:
Measure your door or other drafty area (window).
Take this measurement and add 1 1/2". This is the length you cut your "wood" fabric. Measure and mark the fabric, then cut and set aside.


Twigs:
Measure and mark the remaining "wood" fabric at 2 3/4" and 5 1/2", then cut and set aside.


Leaves:
Make a leaf pattern on paper. Approximately 2 1/2-3" long and 1-1 1/2" wide or however large or small you want. Cut out multiples of this leaf pattern.

Using the "leaf" fabric fold wrong sides together and pin leaf pattern pieces to the right side. Cut out the leaves; keeping pins and pattern pieces attached (so the leaves stay aligned).

gthomas187 months ago
This is the coolest
so cute!
I'm going to make one of these for my fireplace doors, which are always drafty. they'll fit right in!

whiteoakart4 years ago
I like it. Great project for the kids. It will look much better than the rolled up towel we use now by the garage door in the foyer.
AbleApril5 years ago
Too cute. The fabrics are perfect! When I finally get my sewing machine set up something like this would make a satisfying first project.
newmaciel7 years ago
I LOVE this.So organic looking,and useful.I am deffinatly making these for the babies room door and windowsil.Finly a pretty,non-cheesy solution.And looks fun to make too!
Very Keri7 years ago
How about a "draft blocker" ? I live in the sub tropics, so this is no use to me, but I love how it looks like a branch from a birch tree. I saw this version of the project that I think is a little more affective with the two sides: http://flickr.com/photos/notmartha/sets/72057594068949613/
oh and she calls it a "draft stopper".
karen6087 years ago
This is so nice. A natural look. One could build a whole tree if one wanted. Like the fabric choices.
Kiteman7 years ago
Nice Instructable, BTW. I think everybody ought to be forced to sew at least one useful thing in their lives. At school, sewing was part of a compulsory "D&T" course: I made a draught excluder (English for "draft dodger") and a pair of oven gloves that my mother used for years. I also made a wooden rabbit with no ears for her to hang jewellery on and soldered a circuit that switched a light on when the room got bright (the battery went flat rather quickly...).
Squee Kiteman7 years ago
It seems to me that turning a light ON in a bright room is somewhat counterproductive or unnecessary, but such is life I suppose. On the subject of the draft dodger, I was envisioning some tongue-in-cheek escape-(insert country with military draft here)-using-tree-branches or somesuch thing. I think growing up we just called this a door guard or something like that.
Kiteman Squee7 years ago
"counterproductive or unnecessary"

The word you're looking for is incompetant - it was supposed to switch on in the dark.
Squee Kiteman7 years ago
silly me for assuming it worked as intended ;-)
lemonie7 years ago
This looks great. But a 'Draft Dodger' is a person who avoids military service, this is a 'Draught Dodger' L
Kiteman lemonie7 years ago
One suspects this may be a case of "two nations, divided..."
No kidding. In Canada (or Vancouver anyway) a draft dodger is someone who came up here to avoid military service. A draft is when you leave a window open in the winter. Draught generally refers to alcohol.
To further confuse matters, "draught" (UK) is also how deep in the water a ship floats ("She was too deep in the draught to enter the shallow harbour").
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