Patchwork Draft Stopper (DIY Exclusive)

Turn scraps of fabric into a DIY patchwork draft stopper that doubles as modern room decor. Mix up solids and stripes in different orientations, and stuff it with crushed walnut shells. The shells give the draft blocker some weight and are easy and inexpensive to add.

DIY Patchwork Draft Stopper


  • Ten different fabrics, a combination of solids and stripes
  • Lining fabric
  • Hand sewing needle and thread
  • Sewing machine and thread (optional; you can do all sewing by hand)
  • Crushed walnut shells (available at pet supply stores)


  1. Cut each of the ten fabrics to measure 4” x 11”.
  2. Sew the fabrics together in a row, sewing along their 11” sides. Press all the seams to one side.
  3. Cut the lining fabric to 11” x 35.5”.
  4. Pin the patchwork fabric to the scrap fabric so the right side of the patchwork fabric facing up. Fold the two pieces of fabric in half long ways, pin, and sew around the perimeter, leaving a 3” opening along one of the short ends
  5. Fill the stopper with crushed walnut shells, using a funnel or rolled piece of paper.
  6. Slip stitch the opening closed.

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2 replies on “Patchwork Draft Stopper (DIY Exclusive)”

I have a draft dodger covered in a Christmas Holiday theme, stuffed w/ cotton-like stuffing. It was too light and wouldn’t form to the shape of the door. I pulled the stuffing out and replaced it with cat liter…..PURRFECT!! Now it feels like a bean-bag with enough heft to stay in-place and seal against the door.

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