January 30, 2008

DIY Draft Blocker

Now that a baby is going to be living here in just a few weeks I am starting to realize how cold our house is. This is mostly because we have the original windows from 1951 in our bedrooms and they are pretty much worthless at keeping cold air out. You can actually hear & feel a steady stream of air blowing in. And our one wall heater doesn't do much except heat the 10 feet surrounding it, only to have that little bit of heat escape right out of our inefficient, energy-wasting windows.

I made these simple draft blockers for B's room and am going to make them for ours as well. They already seem to be helping and they're an inexpensive solution until we can replace the old windows with new ones.

To make them I measured the length of our window casing, then divided that equally into 9 (because I wanted 9 different panels, but you can use as many or as few as you like). I then added an inch for seam allowance in the width and cut each panel to be 6" long (also allowing an inch for seam allowance). I sewed all the panels together by the 6" sides, folded it over and sewed around the raw edges, leaving one short end open. Then I filled it with rice and finished off the last raw edge by hand.

I think I also saw something like this in Lotta Jansdotter's book, but they're pretty simple so you really don't need a pattern. It's also a good way to use up your scraps.

Anyway, this is probably one of the oldest tricks for keeping warm air in and cold air out and I only wish I had thought of it earlier. Hopefully this will help keep our little one warm and cozy during these winter months. And maybe I won't have to wear my bathrobe and Uggs around the house all day like I have been.

13 comments:

big hair betty said...

These look great! I've been meaning to make them for our front and garage doors, but have just been using towels at night to block the cold draft. Maybe this weekend I'll get to them!

Stef said...

very inventive! I need to be more thankful for my new windows. :)

Concha said...

that's a great idea, I don't know why we don't use those old solutions more often. My grandmother used to have that all around the house, but yours looks much better :)

tiaraco said...

Great idea - need to do that in my 1962 home with 1962 windows!

Great blog and congrats on the upcoming arrival of the baby!

Kathryn said...

love all the changes you've been making to your house...looks great!

you've been awarded the "you've made my day" award..thanks for your inspiring blog! i wish i could sew as well....maybe one day.

grace said...

This is such a cute great idea! I love the patch-workness of it too.
Job well done. HOpe you a feeling good these last few weeks. You look great.

Jess said...

i remember those from my grandmother's house when i was young...my husband's been bugging me since autumn to make a few. thanks for the reminder. love your palette choices!

raya said...

Jess: It's such a simple solution, but I think we are so used to "new new new" that we forget to be inventive like our grandmothers had to be. All I know is these are a lot less expensive than new windows : ) And back in the day there wasn't any such thing as "better windows" anyway. If you make some send me photos!

cindy said...
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cindy said...

I made three! Great idea using multiple fabrics, it adds so much style.

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Dale said...

I really like the idea of how you actually came up with it. I think that they are actually helping.

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