How to Make a Door Wind-Stopper

Written by helen sterling
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How to Make a Door Wind-Stopper
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Draughty doors and windows rob homes of heat in the winter and air-conditioned air in the summer, costing us both money and comfort. Use a draft stopper to block the gap between doors and the floor, or windows and window sills. Creating a two-sided under-door stopper keeps the stopper moving with the door so you never have to replace the stopper and when you leave the house, the stopper is pulled back in to place.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Denim jeans
  • 2 pieces of foam pipe insulation
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Needle
  • Thread

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  1. 1

    Measure the width of the door with the tape measure. Measure and cut two pieces of foam pipe insulation 1 inch shorter than that length.

  2. 2

    Cut the jeans in half from the crotch to the waistband. Set aside one leg of the jeans.

  3. 3

    Turn the single leg of the jeans inside out. Sew the hem end of the leg closed. Insert both foam tubes into the denim jean leg.

  4. 4

    Slide the denim-encased foam tubes carefully under the door with one tube on either side of the door. Push one tube firmly against the existing machine-stitched seam of the jean. Pull the fabric taut under the door with the open side of the leg and second tube toward you. Push the second tube firmly against the door and place a row of pins along the open side of the leg, securing the second tube in place.

  5. 5

    Remove the wind-stopper from beneath the door. Remove the foam tubes and sew the side seam closed, following the line of pins. Trim any excess fabric.

  6. 6

    Turn the wind-stopper right side out and replace the tubes. Slide the stopper beneath the door again, open end away from the hinge side of the door and one tube on each side of the door. Adjust the foam tubes evenly within the denim leg. At the open end, trim any excess material, leaving 2 inches of demin.

  7. 7

    Remove the stopper from beneath the door once more and either sew the open end shut or simply fold in the flaps of material. Replace the stopper under the door, this time with the open end facing the hinge side of the door.

Tips and warnings

  • Jeans with no holes in them work best. Look for jeans at thrift stores.

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