Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Keeping Out the Cold

Autumn is undoubtedly my favorite season. The colors, the smells, crackling of the fireplacethe anticipation and preparation for the holidays... I can go on and on. During these amazingly beautiful days nothing is worse then sitting in the warmth of your comfy home when you feel a draft creep through your door...
According to the U.S. Department of Energy heating accounts for the biggest chunk of a  typical utility bill! So in addition to checking, and if necessary, fixing your weather stripping I present to you a project to help solve this unpleasant problem. 

While trying to find a quick and cost effective fix to the uncomfortable drafts in my own home I came across these awesome DIY draft blockers on the Family Fun website! Not only are they practical but they're charming and add a creative touch to any room. Upon researching this project I came to the conclusion that there are various ways to construct these frugal little guys. I want to share with you my personal favorites. I chose these because they are fun and seem to have the simplest directions with the most accessible materials.

  • 1 pair striped women's tights
  • Uncooked rice (takes about a full 5-pound bag), uncooked beans, flax seed, recycled newspaper, or unused cat litter
  • Needle and thread
  • Fabric glue
  • Felt
  • Googly eyes
  • Scissors

  • 1 pair women's tights
  • Uncooked rice, uncooked beans, flax seed, recycled newspaper, or unused cat litter
  • Needle and thread
  • Fabric glue
  • Felt
  • Googly eyes
  • Scissors
  • Paper clips
  • Button
  • Old belt or bracelet
  1. Heat-Saving Snake Step 1HEAT-SAVING SNAKE: Cut off one leg from a pair of striped women's tights and fill it with rice (ours took a full 5-pound bag). An easy, spillproof method is to use a plastic cup with the bottom cut out for a funnel.
  2. Heat-Saving Snake - Step 2 Pinch the open end of the leg into itself to form a tapered snake tail and stitch it closed.
  3. Glue on googly eyes. Lastly, sew on a felt tongue, using the same technique described for attaching the dog's ears (see step 7 for Doggy in the Window, below).

  4. Doggy in the Window Step 4DOGGY IN THE WINDOW: Cut one leg from a pair of women's tights and fill it with rice. Leave enough room to tie the open end into a tight knot.
  5. Doggy in the Window Step 5 For a tail, apply fabric glue across the base of a felt triangle (ours was about 2 1/2 inches wide and 7 inches tall) and sandwich it around the knot.
  6. Doggy in the Window Step 6 Apply more glue to the sides and then fold the felt in half. Secure the tail with paper clips until the glue dries.
  7. Doggy in the Window Step 7 Glue on googly eyes. Attach felt ears by draping each one over the head, as shown, and then sewing the base in place. This way, when you flop the ear down, the stitching won't show.
  8. For the finishing touches, sew on felt feet and a button nose (we used a triangular shank button). Then use your hands to shape the nose and body. Don't forget a collar: an old belt trimmed to fit, or even a bracelet.

    I did find that quite a few people opted to use fabric, instead of women's tights, 
    and sew there own tube to customize the size to their homes doors and windows. This  maybe better for you especially if you have extra fabric lying around or want your 
    draft blocker to match your homes decor.

    “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”
    - William Arthur Ward

    Hope this helps,
    Monica McCaslin 
    All Things New Roofing & Restoration

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