4 Best Fillings For A Draught Excluder

DIY home projects are great for beginners and more experienced sewers as they are something you can often make quickly, with materials you have to hand and they are practical. One thing you might want to know is what are the best fillings for draught excluders.

The best fillings for draught excluders are those which create a compact space to eliminate air passing through. These include old clothes, polyester or cotton wadding and sand.

In this article. I am going to talk about what you need for a draught excluder, what you should be looking for in a filling and my top recommendations.

What Is A Draught Excluder?

A draught excluder is used to block cold air and to retain warmth in a room. It is usually placed at the bottom of a door or window. 

When the cold creeps in, a draught excluder will be almost necessary to keep warmth in your home. They act as a cushiony stopper at the bottom of the door. That way, they trap heat in the room by blocking the little space under the day the cold could pass through. 

Most of us know the feeling of being warm in the house and then suddenly opening our door and feeling the rush of the cold. A draught excluder prevents cold air from entering your room. Alternatively, it can also trap cold air in a room and prevent heat from entering.

It all depends on what you intend to use it for. Draught excluders come in various shapes and sizes. They are made from light and eco-friendly materials. The best part, they can be homemade! If you are thinking of saving some cash on a new insulator or heater.

Investing in a good draught excluder can also help you save on those electricity bills. It costs very little to make them. You can stuff a long-shaped pillow with sand, cotton, old clothes, material, and many other options.

You can also choose an excellent cloured material for your draught excluder to match your home decor since we will be using it during the cold months.

Do I Need Specialised Materials To Make A Draught Excluder?

No. Draught excluders can be made from any fabric and any stuffing material. Some people even make them from old woolly jumper sleeves or trouser legs. They just sew up the ends and stuff them with old clothes. While some others use cotton material and stuff it with wool.

I have also heard of sand being used to stuff a draught excluder. Basically, anything goes as long as it’s thick enough to prevent air from passing through. It should also have a rectangular shape to fit the bottom of a door or window.

If you have an old duvet, it can suffice as a draught excluder. You do not have to sew it; roll it up and tie it around to avoid it losing shape. It may come as a surprise to you, but rice also makes a good filler for a draught excluder! In some parts of Australia, the sand-filled draught excluders are called door snakes. I am guessing it’s because of its rectangular shape.

Draft excluders can also be made from soft filling like a cushion or pillow or newspaper, carrier bags, and stuff like polystyrene foam peanuts. The most important thing is for the stuffed material to be thick.

If you are looking at any other project and tutorials and not sure about the right fabrics to use or even stuffing check out my fabrics and tools page where I have plenty of information on what are the best fabrics to use, where to buy and what tools are best to use.

4 Best Fillings For A Draught Excluder

1. Rice

Weird as it may sound. Rice is actually a great stuffer for a DIY draught excluder. It’s all about making sure the item carries weight, and rice can add to that weight. To use rice as a part of your filling, here’s what you need to Make an Easy Draught Excluder;

You can use a sewing machine if you want to be quicker.

  • You’ll need a rectangle reasonably thick material. It should be about 40cm wide. (Make sure to measure)
  • An old fabric, foam, or even bubble wrap for stuffing
  • A few unpaired socks. It’s a great way to use them up!
  • Rice or gravel stones. (You put rice in the old socks to make weight)
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread or easy iron-on SewFree
  • Pins
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Buttons and ribbon, optional

The beauty of this is that you can use anything to pad out your draught excluder. Rice is very effective in preventing draughts. Put your old rice to work! I promise you won’t miss them.

2. Old Worn out clothes

This should be the most effortless filling for a DIY draught excluder. Everyone should have a pair of some old worn-out clothes in their closets.

Grab your clothes and shred them up to pieces so you can stuff your cover.

  • A rectangular material(Can be material from an old curtain or fabric)
  • Old clothes shredded to pieces for filling and Polyester fibers (you can get this easily at your local crafts shop)
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread or easy iron-on SewFree
  • Pins
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Buttons and ribbon, optional

Old worn-out clothes are effective for preventing the draught from passing through the door. It is also cheap and effortless to make. You can even cut the leg of a pair of old jeans to create your draught excluder cover! Sew your material edges using our guide above, then get ready to stuff your covers with all your fillings. If you have worn out clothes you’ve been looking to get rid of, this is a perfect way! Stuff your cover, then sew it up, and you’re finished!

3. Sand

Sand can work as a good filling for your draught excluder. Coupled with some fibers for a softer feel, it can help prevent cold draught. All you need is a few materials, and you’ll be done in no time.

  • A rectangular piece of material, at least 40cm wide and just longer than the width of the door 
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread or easy iron-on SewFree
  • An old pair of tights
  • Fabric fibers
  • Stuffing (Sand)
  • Pins
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Buttons and ribbon, optional

You can get sand right from your garden! Just stuff it up in an old pair of tights before putting it into your cover. After filling the cover with sand in socks, you can use fabric fibers on top to make it feel less bumpy. 

Sand is highly effective in preventing the draught from entering your home. It gives you all the weight you need without a bumpy feel. It comes out really well and smooth, giving your draught excluder an excellent rectangular shape.

4. Polyester fibers 

Polyester fibers are excellent stuffing materials. They are often used to stuff teddy bears, dolls, pillows, and many other things. They are easy to access, and you can get them in almost every craft shop. Once you’ve got this, all you need to do is prep the rest of your materials for your draught excluder. You will need the following.

  • Cut your fabric to the length of your door frame and between 35-40cm wide.
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Needle
  • Thread for sewing
  • Polyester fiber stuffing 
  • Sewing machine (Optional) – You can hand sew
  • Iron
  • Decorations – e.g., buttons or ribbon (Optional)

Polyester fibers are cheap and by far the most accessible stuffing material. You can find them almost everywhere, and they do an excellent job of preventing draught into your home.

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