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Make Your Own Draught Excluder

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The Christmas celebrations are over, but the Winter season is still upon us. We have lots of ways you can save money on the heating bill when it’s cold, and a top tip is a draught excluder, so why not make your own?

You will need:
- Material, at least 50cm wide and 8cm longer than the width of your door.

- Sewing machine or needle and thread.

- A pair of tights

- Pins

- Iron and ironing board

-Stuffing (this can be anything from rice to polystyrene balls)

Step 1: Prepare your material
Iron your material flat and fold it in half lengthways so that the pattern is on the inside. Fold over each edge by about a centimetre to ensure there are no raw edges. Secure it in place with pins.

Step 2: Sew your material together
Sew up the length of the rectangle, ensuring you stay as close to where the two edges meet as possible.

Step 3: Stitch one end closed
Turn the material inside out so the pattern is now on the outside. Fold one of the open ends over like you would a present (using 4cm of the fabric) and stitch it closed.

Step 4: Make your stuffing
Take your pair of tights and cut off one of the legs so it is just a few centimetres shorter than your draught excluder. Fill it with your stuffing and tie a knot in the end.

Step 5: Stitch the final end shut
Put the stuffed tight inside the draught excluder and fold over the other end and stitch it shut.

You could try and personalise your draught excluder with different patterns of material or different shapes to give them personality. Why not try a patchwork excluder or a snake? You can make them any size you need and save on buying one from a store.

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