Reusing Old Socks to Make DIY Draft Stoppers
Draft stoppers are an easy and affordable way to better insulate your home and reduce energy costs. With some old socks and basic sewing skills, you can reuse socks that are missing their pairs or worn out to create handy draft stoppers for windows, under doors, or anywhere drafts sneak into your home.
In this article, I will provide step-by-step instructions on how to make DIY draft stoppers from old socks. You’ll learn what materials are needed, how to fill and sew the draft stoppers, and where to install them around your home. Reusing old socks is a great way to reduce waste and save money on energy bills while keeping your home cozy.
To make sock draft stoppers, you will need:
- Old socks – ideally thick, wool or thermal socks work best
- Rice, beans, or polyfill – to fill the draft stoppers
- Needle and thread
Look for socks without holes or thin spots. Thicker, denser socks will make the best draft stoppers. Save all your single socks that lost their match instead of throwing them away!
Filling the Socks
The filling for the draft stoppers can be rice, beans, lentils, or polyfill stuffing. Rice is a common choice since it is inexpensive and conforms to fill the shape well.
Here are some tips for filling sock draft stoppers:
- Use dry rice – measure out 1 to 1.5 cups per sock
- For extra weight, use beans or lentils instead
- Polyfill stuffing works too, use about a large handful per sock
- Overfill the sock a bit so it’s firmly packed
- Twist, shake and smush the filling to remove air pockets
The firmer and more tightly packed the filling, the better the draft stopper will block air flow.
Sewing the Draft Stoppers Shut
Once you’ve firmly filled the socks with rice, beans, or polyfill, it’s time to sew them shut.
Use a basic running stitch down the open end of the sock, keeping the filling packed in tightly. Remove any pins as you sew the sock shut.
Be sure to sew the opening completely closed so the filling doesn’t leak out over time. Double-stitch for extra reinforcement.
If making draft stoppers longer than an individual sock, sew two or more socks together before filling and closing.
Installing Draft Stoppers Around Your Home
Draft stoppers can be installed at windows, under doors, or any other problem spots that need insulating. Here are some ideas for using sock draft stoppers:
- Place along the bottom edge of drafty windows
- Tuck under doors to block gaps between door and floor
- Put in front of pet doors to keep cold air out
- Install around air conditioning units
- Slide onto curtain rods or window sills
Focus on areas that feel chilly or have noticeable air flow. The denser the draft stopper, the more cold air it will block.
Repurposing old socks into draft stoppers is an easy and thrifty DIY project. With just some basic sewing skills and common household fillers like rice, you can create custom draft stoppers of any size or shape. Installing them around drafty windows and doors in your home helps conserve energy and reduces heating bills. Give new life to your old single socks and make your home cozier by making and using sock draft stoppers!