Dry beans are a cheap, effective filler for a draft dodger.
If you've got a drafty door (we do—it's the backdoor) that's letting a bunch of cold air in and warm air out, a draft dodger can help. And they're really easy to make. Really easy.
What You Need
An old sock - it needs to be very long (or an old pair of jeans, or some heavy-duty fabric)
About 2 - 3 lbs. of dried beans (or anything else you have around that would work well as stuffing)
Sewing machine (optional)
1. Measure the base of the door you're making the draft dodger for. Write it down.
2. If you have a sock that's as long as the base of your door, rejoice (this is going to be really easy)! And remember, the sock will stretch a little when stuffed. If your sock isn't long enough, cut off the leg of an old pair of jeans. Cut it down so it's as long as the base of your door, plus a a couple inches. If your jeans are wide legged, you might want to cut the leg lengthwise, remove a few inches of the leg's diameter and sew it back up.
3. Turn the leg inside out and sew up one end. (Skip this step if you're using a sock.)
4. Sew up the other end of the jean leg a little over halfway. Now turn the leg back out the right way through the half-opening on the side you haven't sewn up all the way. (Skip this step, too, if you're using a sock.)
5. Now stuff the sock or pant leg full of whatever you've decided to use. We like dry beans, because they're big and give the draft dodger some weight. 2 - 2.5lbs of dry beans (or 2 - 3 bags from the grocery store) should be enough. But you can use just about anything you'd like (just make sure it has a little weight to it).
6. Now sew up that last half of an opening, or sew up the opening of the sock. If you don't like to sew, you can simply tie the end off tightly with a piece of string or yarn.
7. Lay your draft dodger down in front of your drafty door.
(Images: Stephanie Kinnear)