Custom Longarm Machine Quilting

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Draft Guard Tutorial

I have had some requests for a tutorial on this super simple draft guard I made for our furnace room door. So, here it is!

1/2 yard fabric
polyfill stuffing
drinking glass
tape measure

1. Measure the circumference of the glass you have chosen, and cut the fabric accordingly, adding 1/2 inch for seam allowances.
ex.: if the circumference of the glass is 8 inches, then cut a 8 1/2 x WOF strip.

2. Measure the doorway you are using the draft guard on, and trim the fabric strip down, leaving 3 extra inches on each side, accordingly.
ex.: if the doorway is 35 inches wide, then cut fabric to 41 inches.

3. Press under short edges of the fabric 1/4 inch. Roll over another 1/4 inch and press. Stitch down. Repeat for other short edge.

4. Fold fabric in half, right sides together, long ways (hot dog way, if you remember from elementary school), and stitch down with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

5. Turn right side out.

6. With thread, measure in about 2 inches from one end and tie off. I used several knots and wrapped the thread around the fabric several times.

7. Stuff the tube you've now made with the polyfill stuffing. Make sure to put some rice in periodically to weight the draft guard. On my prototype I forgot to put the rice in until the end, so mine looks a little lumpy on the back side.

8. Once you have stuffed your draft guard to the desired fullness, tie off the other end like you did in step 6.

And there you go. In 8 simple steps you have a quick and easy draft guard!