Cold air can enter your home from outside, even if the door is closed. A draft stopper provides a simple yet attractive way to block the air that enters through the space underneath a door. These stoppers are nothing more than long, skinny pillows that sit on the floor along the bottom of a door. A filling of dried beans or rice adds weight to the stopper so it stays in place and can form to the space in which it is sitting. Using a fabric that matches the décor of the room makes a pillow-style draft stopper an attractive option for minimizing your home energy loss.
Measure the width of the door. Add 2 inches onto this measurement to get the fabric length necessary for the draft stopper.
Cut out a strip from heavy fabric, such as burlap or upholstery fabric. Make the strip the same length as your measured length and 8 inches wide.
Fold the fabric in half lengthwise, with right sides touching. Pin one end and the long side together.
Sew the pinned end and the long side together on the sewing machine, leaving a ½-inch seam allowance. Leave one end of the draft stopper open.
Turn the fabric tube right side out through the open end. Push out the corners with a ruler.
Fill the tube with dry beans or rice to within 2 inches of the open end.
Fold in ½ inch of fabric on the open end of the tube. Topstitch the open end closed. Lay the draft stopper along the bottom of doors to prevent outdoor air from entering the room.