Mid-century Modern DIY – a very necessary draught excluder tutorial


With all this cold weather we’ve been having recently, there’s been a sudden cold draught whipping through my house from the kitchen (why are kitchens always so cold?) so I needed a new draught excluder for my living room. Now, if you’ve seen my previous blog posts you’ll know that I couldn’t use just any old draught excluder in my 60s and 70s-inspired living room; it would have to be something suitably garish and preferably orange.

I had been given a lovely selection of vintage fabrics that a friend had found stashed away in a loft, and I’d had no idea what to do with them. Until now! The bright orange fabric had a perfectly gruesome 70s pattern and the pieces were just the right length to fit across the doorway, so I set about making a draught excluder, and making my home much cosier in the process.

DIY craft and sewing tutorial for a thrifty draught excluder by Cassiefairy

Here’s how it went:

  1.  I used an old fleece blanket for the middle of the draught excluder. I rolled it up to the width of the door and put 3 elastic bands around it to hold it in place – a very cheap solution! But you could use an old flat-ish pillow rolled up, or even a bath towel.
  2. I measured the size width of the rolled up blanket  and then cut a piece that was 3 times the width so that the fabric could be folded into thirds to create an envelope, like you would use for a cushion back.
  3. I folded the fabric in on itself and stitches both ends across, then trimmed off the corners and stitched diagonally across
  4. I turned the cover right side out and inserted my rolled-up fleece filling. Done!

I popped the draught excluder in place and then whipped up a matching small cushion with the left-over fabric. I set up a nice photo, but my lovely attention-seeking cat insisted on making an appearance in every photo I took so here she is and you can make out the draught excluder in the background 😉

DIY craft and sewing tutorial for a thrifty draught excluder and cushion by Cassiefairy

Author: Cassiefairy

Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.


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