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    • brassmonkey001
    • By brassmonkey001 20th Oct 06, 10:22 PM
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    Draught Excluders
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    • 20th Oct 06, 10:22 PM
    Draught Excluders 20th Oct 06 at 10:22 PM
    You know the ones - look like a snake or a sausage dog etc. I've decided instead of buying some I'll make some out of old sleeves or trouserlegs. But what is the best thing to stuff them with?
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    • Penelope Penguin
    • By Penelope Penguin 19th Sep 07, 1:19 PM
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    Penelope Penguin
    Try these older threads:

    How do I make a draught ecxcluder?

    Draught excluders

    IMO, it has to be in the shape of a sausage dog, complete with ears, eyes and tongue!

    Penny. x
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    • Nutty Tart
    • By Nutty Tart 23rd Nov 07, 9:34 AM
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    Nutty Tart
    Draught Excluder - Stuffing??
    My 8yr old daughter wants to sew something on her new sewing machine. I have suggested she starts with a bag (which she can then decorate with buttons, sequins, beads etc etc), and also a draught excluder snake thingy for the front door. My problem is, I don't know what to 'stuff the snake' with (pardon the pun ). Could I use shredded paper? I can get hold of this quite easily and in abundance, but am not sure it would work - would the draught just go straight through it? I don't have enough scrap material nor a spare pillow I could use and any old clothes that the kids have get recycled down to my friends kids.

    Any ideas/suggestions would be appreciated.

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  • Sallys Savings
    I always use old clothes/pillows or buy pillows from poundland to fit my draught excluders.
    • whatatwit
    • By whatatwit 23rd Nov 07, 9:41 AM
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    Old tights are good as stuffing, or an old duvet or blanket.
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  • FBThree
    Your local freecycle may have someone getting rid of old duvets or something else suitable.
    • Nutty Tart
    • By Nutty Tart 23rd Nov 07, 10:02 AM
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    Nutty Tart
    Thanks for those ideas - We don't have a pound shop here (must be the only town that doesn't!). I hadn't thought of freecycle - will check it out.

    Thanks again
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    • Skint_Catt
    • By Skint_Catt 23rd Nov 07, 10:28 AM
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    If you have stuffing left over she could make some funky cushions for her bedroom? You could always appeal on Freecycle for old curtains/fabric remnants!

    C xx
    • Ishtar
    • By Ishtar 23rd Nov 07, 10:51 AM
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    I used shredded paper in my draught excluder. Works a treat.
    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 23rd Nov 07, 11:02 AM
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    Hi Nutty Tart,

    There are some more ideas on this older thread:

    Draught Excluders

    I'll merge your thread with that one later to keep all the suggestions together.

  • jay-jay
    When I make mine I always stuff them with asda carrier bags, always have plenty and they work just fine.
    • Quasar
    • By Quasar 25th Nov 07, 9:38 PM
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    I have just turned two old towels into draft excluders - roll them up and stitch. Or you can put them in a pretty casing if you wish.
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  • poodlehorse
    I always used socks or tights and this worked well, I also make little tabs
    (think tabtob curtains) that were long enough to go under the door and sewed on old cotton reels (which I guess you could decorate to look prettier) so that it was "self closing" with reels on outside of door and excluder on inside if that makes any sense.
    • Nutty Tart
    • By Nutty Tart 26th Nov 07, 10:48 AM
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    Nutty Tart
    Carrier bags, towels, cotton reels - oh you are a clever lot - thank you, thank you, thank you.

    I was looking at some in Morrisons the other day, they were selling for a 5 each - maybe something to think about - local craft fair, jumble sale etc???? hmmmmm - can you hear the cogs turning????? lol
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  • danielleindebt
    making homemade draft excluders?
    hi my house is so drafty. i want to make some draft excluders and i want to include my 3 year old little girl too but im unsure what to use for the best and how! also we have a puppy who we have to let out alot and its just so cold.

    any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

    • belfastgirl23
    • By belfastgirl23 22nd Jan 08, 7:57 PM
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    I just made one by stuffing old tights with cut up old tshirts. Seems to work pretty well

  • mary43
    Danielle - you need two lengths of material, doesn't matter what sort of material but the thicker the better I think. Stitch them together then stuff them either with old tights, as has been mentioned, or other old pieces of material so it's packed tight before you stitch the end up.
    If you want your daughter to be involved in it you could sew some felt ears on and stitch a couple of buttons on for eyes and probably plait some wool to stich on for a tail so it's a bit like a dog.
  • hplfoghorn
    Hi there,
    Have you got any old pairs of trousers, the kids or yours? sew up the ends & stuff with any old bits of material and or newspapers or even old carrier bags. If you have any dried beans that you could put in, but it will tak alot, that would be even better as they are heavier to move. Get your little girl to make some eyes, nose, mouth & ears out of scraps of material & then stick them on & you have your own sausage dog.
    Good Luck!
  • danielleindebt
    thanks fo the ideas will be doing those at the weekend. i love the eyes mouth n tail suggestions too she will love that
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  • grandma
    Wanted Draught Excluder Pattern
    I am looking for a draught excluder pattern in the shape of an animal,dog/cat/crocodile etc.
    My youngest son and his wife wants me to make some for his home but as they have 2 young children they will be doubling up as a toy.{They don't have many toys,only a large conservatory full of them,poor things!}I have searched the internet but only came up with a snake.I'm sure there is some OS out there who can help.
    if i had known then what i know now
    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 4th Oct 08, 5:26 PM
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    Hi grandma,

    There are no exact patterns, but this thread may help:

    Draught Excluders

    I'll add your thread to that one later to keep the replies together.

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