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DIY: Window Draft Blocker

Unless your home is newly built, it's likely that a winter breeze creeps in through at least one window. An obvious, but expensive solution would be to replace the window. The next, to cover the opening with an unsightly towel. And last, turn up the heat and pretend that the imposing draft doesn't exist. A tried and true but oft forgotten trick from our grandmothers' days is to make a draft window blocker and nip that draft in the bud. The Paper Pony has a simple DIY for a window draft blocker that will add charm to your house and decrease those heating bills. If you have basic sewing skills (no sewing machine necessary), you can get this DIY done. To learn how,


  • Fabric (at least one, but as many as you like)
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Rice

Here's how (using nine different panels of fabric):

  1. Measure the length of your window casing.
  2. Divide that equally into nine (use as many or as few panels as you like)
  3. Add one inch for seam allowance in the width
  4. Cut each panel to be six inches long (+ allowing one inch for seam allowance)
  5. Sew all the panels together by the six inch sides
  6. Fold the piece over
  7. Sew around the raw edges, leaving one short end open
  8. Fill the blocker with rice
  9. Finish sewing off the last raw edge by hand

There is also a similar project in Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing. To learn how to sew a door draft blocker, go here.


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ella1978 ella1978 7 years
We use the draft blockers that go on both sides of the doors for our doors. They work great, but don't work if the doors are on carpet. We do have some leaky windows that we don't plastic over because of the paint job. I have definately wanted to make some of these for a while. Maybe I'll get on that this weekend!
hamburgerpanda hamburgerpanda 7 years
Made mine!
maisiegirl maisiegirl 8 years
I need tons of these in my 120-year old house!!! Thanks for the tip.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 8 years
I usually roll up an old towel and it works perfectly.
nancita nancita 8 years
Aww so cute. I need one of these.
JovianSkies JovianSkies 8 years
I've used these, and they've significantly reduced drafts from coming in :-)
emalove emalove 8 years
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I have one of these at my back door to keep the draft out.
jspeed jspeed 8 years
argh, my house IS brand new, but I really could use one of these today.
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