Making draft stoppers from old shirts benefits the wallet and the environment double. You can re-purpose material that would otherwise be discarded, and for a purpose that will reduce heating bills and consumption of heating resources. This article will detail how to turn an old shirt into a draft stopper.
For the door draft stopper craft, you will need an old shirt or suitable material, scissors, and the sewing kit. You will need to make a strip of cloth six inches wide and the length of the door. Two draft stoppers may be needed for extra wide doors. Scrap in bad shape such as socks, old towels, and ratty clothes can be used as filler.
Measure the length of the door to know the length you need for the door stopper. You will want the shirt to be at least half the length, as you will be opening it up. Any shirt will do, but T-shirts and sweatshirts are ideal. Old sweatpants, towels, or similar cloth will also work.
Cut the bottom hem off the shirt if it is a sweatshirt. For T-shirts, skip this step. Now cut off the bottom six inches of the shirt. This will be made into the tube of the door stopper and the part that will be visible. Cut this ring of cloth open to get a single layered rectangle, and trim it to the desired length.
There are two ways to do the next step. One way is to fold the rectangle in half and sew it together to make an inside out tube, which then must be turned right side out. Fold the cloth in half to get a rectangle three inches in width, and sew the two edges together along its entire length. Then reach inside and invert it to hide the seam. Alternatively, fold the cloth right side out and fold both edges inside the tube, and sew it closed behind you. Either way, you will now have a tube of cloth. Or simply sew it and use the part with the hem as the bottom side of the homemade draft stopper.
Now procure the filler for the draft stopper. Here, you can use otherwise useless sewing scraps, old socks, tattered rags, the remaining part of the shirt, old clothes, cut-off sleeves and pant legs, or anything else that would be a suitable filler. Large pieces of cloth may need to be cut into smaller pieces to fit in. Try to fill it well, without causing it to bulge unnecessarily.
When the homemade door stopper is stuffed, the ends may be sewn shut. An alternative is to leave the last inch on each side empty and tie each end shut. Rope, yarn, or string may be used, or cut a strip of material and use it to tie each end.
You now have a homemade door stopper, place it along a drafty door to block the draft and save on the heating bill. The draft stopper is completely free, costing only a shirt that was on its way to the garbage.