“Turning Old Socks Into Draft Stoppers”

“Turning Old Socks Into Draft Stoppers”


Having drafts in your home can make rooms feel chilly and uncomfortable. Draft stoppers are a great way to block drafts and help insulate your home. I’ve found that turning old socks into draft stoppers is an easy and affordable DIY project. In this article, I’ll walk through everything you need to know to make your own sock draft stoppers.

Gather Your Supplies

The supplies needed for this project are simple:

  • Old socks – Look for socks with holes or those that have lost their match. Try to find socks made from thicker fabrics like wool.

  • Rice – Uncooked rice makes an excellent filling for the draft stoppers. Make sure to have at least 2-3 cups per sock.

  • Funnel – A funnel will make it easier to pour the rice into the socks.

  • Scissors – You’ll need scissors to cut the socks to size.

  • Fabric scraps – Optional. You can sew fabric covers for a more decorative look.

That’s it! With these basic supplies, you’re ready to start making DIY sock draft stoppers.

Fill the Socks

Filling the socks is the most important step. Here are some tips:

  • Use a funnel to pour the rice into the toes of the socks. This prevents spills.

  • Fill socks at least halfway full. The more rice the better to add weight. I recommend 2-3 cups per sock.

  • Pack the rice down firmly as you fill using your hands. Packed rice insulates better.

  • Knot or sew the open end tightly so rice doesn’t escape through holes.

Take your time filling each sock evenly and packing the rice down. Well-filled socks will stop drafts better.

Size and Shape the Draft Stoppers

Once filled, you can shape the sock draft stoppers:

  • For door drafts, keep socks long and place along door bottoms.

  • To fill window sill gaps, cut socks to fit sill length.

  • For electrical outlets, cut short segments and place behind outlets.

  • Sew sock pieces together to make longer draft stoppers.

  • Add fabric covers for a cleaner, decorative look.

Get creative shaping and sizing your sock draft stoppers to fit where you need them.

Place Your Draft Stoppers

Finally, it’s time to put your handmade sock draft stoppers to use:

  • Target the specific areas where you feel or see drafts in your home.

  • Door bottoms are key areas for drafts. Place stoppers along the length of doors.

  • Windows can also leak air. Use stoppers on sills and around edges.

  • Don’t forget electrical outlets and baseboards on exterior walls.

  • In very drafty rooms, place stoppers at multiple spots to insulate better.

Be diligent about placing your stoppers anywhere cold air may be entering your home.

Maintain and Reuse Your Stoppers

With some care, your sock draft stoppers can be reused for several seasons:

  • Every few months, re-pack the rice to maintain density.

  • If socks get dirty, shake them out and re-fill with fresh rice.

  • For damaged socks, patch holes or replace the fabric cover.

  • Add new draft stoppers whenever you find new problem spots.

  • When stoppers lose effectiveness, compost rice and reuse socks.

Properly maintaining your draft stoppers will maximize their usefulness.

Turning old socks into draft stoppers is an environmentally-friendly way to trap cold air. With a few household items and these simple steps, you can inexpensively insulate drafty areas in your home. So gather those holey old socks and get cozy!