How to Repurpose Old Socks into DIY Draft Stoppers

How to Repurpose Old Socks into DIY Draft Stoppers

How to Repurpose Old Socks into DIY Draft Stoppers


Old socks with holes or without matches can pile up quickly. Instead of throwing them away, I repurpose them into handy draft stoppers. Draft stoppers are a simple way to seal gaps around doors, windows, and floorboards to prevent drafts and energy loss. DIY sock draft stoppers are easy to make, fully customizable, and reuse items that would otherwise go to waste. In this article, I will walk through the complete process of turning old socks into functional draft stoppers.

Gather Materials

The materials needed for sock draft stoppers are very minimal:

  • Old socks – Look for cotton or wool socks with holes/tears or singles without matches. The thicker the socks, the better.

  • Rice – Uncooked rice works best as the filling. Rice is heavy enough to weigh down the sock and its small grains conform to fill gaps.

  • Rubber bands – To seal the opening of the filled sock. Large rubber bands work best.

  • Needle and thread (optional) – For sewing the sock opening closed instead of using a rubber band.

Fill the Sock

Start by firmly stuffing old socks with rice. The rice should be packed tightly into the sock, leaving 1-2 inches at the opening. Some key tips:

  • Use a funnel to guide rice into the sock opening. This prevents spills.

  • Pack the rice down firmly as you fill using a wooden dowel or pencil. Compact rice fills the sock better.

  • Fill longer socks at least halfway or they may become misshapen when bent.

  • Weight down the filled sock as needed to compress rice while filling.

Seal the Opening

Once rice is packed into the sock, seal the opening tightly. There are two options:

Rubber Band

  • Stretch a large rubber band over the sock opening and wrap it around tightly several times.

  • The rubber band seals the rice in and allows the stopper to maintain its packed shape.

Sewn Closed

  • Thread a needle and stitch the opening closed with a simple running stitch.

  • Knot securely. This creates a permanent sock draft stopper.

Create Different Shapes and Sizes

Sock draft stoppers can be made in different shapes and sizes depending on intended use:

  • For doorways and floor gaps, fill longer knee-high socks at least halfway. Tie or sew the end. Place horizontally to cover floor space.

  • For standard door gaps, golf or ankle socks filled 3/4 full work well. Tie off the end.

  • Small stuffed socks are great behind wall-mounted pet beds or decor.

  • Long tubes shaped like a draft stopper snake can be made by filling a sock completely and shaping/tying it off in 8-10 inch sections.

Customize as needed!

Use Your Sock Draft Stoppers

Place your handmade sock draft stoppers in problem areas:

  • On floor gaps along the bottom of doors. Helps block both cold air and noise.

  • Between window sashes. Prevents air leaks through old windows.

  • Behind wall-mounted pet beds and wall hangings. Stops cold drafts from coming through walls.

  • In RVs/campers around windows and doors. Helps insulate temperature differences.

  • Behind radiators and heat registers. Forces heat outward into the room.

Repurposed sock draft stoppers are inexpensive, customizable, and reusable. Follow this easy DIY process to create draft stoppers and save energy in your home!