Sock It To Your Energy Bill! Make Your Own Draft Stopper!

Draft Stopper Did you know….According to the U.S. Department of Energy, drafts can waste 5% to 30% of your energy use!?

That’s a LOT of $$$ over the course of a winter!

I’m pretty sure I’m losing even MORE than that in my home office which has both an inside door and a door that goes to the outside.

When I moved in I noticed a wicked draft coming in under the door to the outside. I shudder to think how much money has gone out the window (or under the door) from that one drafty door!

But no more! I now I have a weapon in my fight against high energy bills and cold feet! Meet my draft dodger! (Also known as a door sock, door snake, draft stopper, draft blocker, door draft guard…you get the idea…IT STOPS DRAFTS!)

This DIY door sock is actually MADE from socks and I’m going to show you how you can easily make one yourself!

I found these super soft and snuggly socks at Costco last week and the minute I saw them I knew exactly what I was going to make with them. I’ve been thinking about making one of these for awhile. The small quilt I had rolled up against the door just wasn’t cutting it now that we’re into the SERIOUSLY cold part of the winter.

Draft Stopper

What you will need:

  • 2 to 3 socks (depending on how long they are. I used 3.)
  • quilt batting or polyester fiberfill (I used the stuffing from an old pillow)
  • popcorn kernels (you could also use dried beans, peas)

Starting with the popcorn kernels, alternate adding layers of the two materials. I used a small plastic cup with the bottom cut out to facilitate pouring the corn in (but I still managed to get it all over the floor!)

I think each layer of corn kernels ended up being approximately 1 cup, but I didn’t measure. Each layer of “stuffing” was comprised of a couple of big handfuls of the stuff. There is no precise measuring here…you just want about a 1/2 and 1/2 mixture.

The popcorn is used for weight and won’t go rancid like some other dried goods. The batting/stuffing helps give the sock some shape and insulates against the cold air. Pack each tube all the way to the end, with the final layer being the stuffing.

Repeat with 2nd (and 3rd?) sock(s). Now attach the sock sections to each other by simply overlapping the open end of one sock over the closed end of another. Think of it as “putting a sock on” your sock! When the sock sections are fitted snugly together, a few hand sewn stitches will keep it all in place. Or you could even use some fabric glue if you are allergic to needle and thread. :-)

Snake Draft Stopper

Snake Draft Stopper

Now go put your door sock in place and be amazed at how well it works! Not a puff of air coming in under my office door now!

Not sure if you NEED a door sock? To test an area, simply hold the palm of your hand up against a door or window. If you feel cold air coming through, warm air is escaping. This simple fix could save you hundreds on your heating bill this year!

Snake Draft Stopper


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  1. Darlene says

    I love this idea and we do have a few drafty doors… Last year i made a denim one for the doggie door but i like this idea better will be making one today with all those orphaned socks floating around in the laundry room! Thanks Jillee, you and your blog are the best good thing!!

    • says

      I love your idea to use mismatched socks! I also have a pillow that my kids destroyed that I was keeping just to reuse the stuffing which means I can make these for free!!! My house was built in 1940 so drafty would be an understatement :-)

  2. Kristi Myers says

    ANOTHER – Good Thing By Jillee! Our house is pretty old and has two original doors that are really nice to look at, but outside air does creep in. I can make these!! Saw some cute fuzzy socks at the dollar store I could use. Thanks Jillee. God Bless You!

  3. says

    When I have made this in the past I stuffed it with dryer lint and sand. You couldn’t use sand with socks though, it might come out. The dryer lint becomes super compact. I also used dryer lint to stuff some Christmas ornaments for that firm, smooth look.

  4. Landon says

    This idea is really cute. May I just point out one thing about drafty doors? More to the point, I’m talking about exterior doors that are not covered by a storm door. If an exterior door is drafty the weather stripping needs to be replaced. Most especially, those doors that do not have a storm door. If drafts can come through those doors a blowing rain can too. That will damage your floor coverings & can rot the subfloor beneath them. If those doors do not leak when it rains this adorable draft stopper is a good solution.

  5. says

    Jillee ~
    I must make one of these for my front door, especially since the builders thought it was a good idea to put a heat vent just inches away from it. (What were they thinking?!) I hadn’t thought to stuff socks for this project! Great idea!

  6. renate parks says

    My interior door that leads into the garage has a very big draft. It opens out into the garage, so a draft dodger on the inside of the door wouldn’t work very well. Any suggestions for one to go on the outside of the door that swings open into the garage? There is a step there, so it is not level with the floor, so it would have to attach to the door somehow. Also, a material that isn’t food, and wouldn’t be attractive to dogs would be good. My dog chewed the last one that I filled with raw rice!

  7. Lee says

    have made these in the past but did not use extra weight (ie corn, peas, etc) but I stuck a strip of hook tape to the bottom of the door so I did not have to keep fixing it everytime the door was opened. then when the sock got soiled I swapped it out and threw it in the washer/dryer.

  8. says

    Here in my little corner of the world we use these in Summer to keep the cold air IN and in Winter to keep it OUT, so this tutorial will come in handy for two draft stoppers seasonally coordinated :) Thanks!! Happy Holidays, Alexandra

    • Terri says

      i was just thinking that once you make one, it would be easy to ‘change its decor’ by just pulling more socks on over it—you’d just cut open the toe area on the one that’s going to slide to the middle, then pull the two end ones over it…depending on usage, you might get by with very little (or no) sewing for this “cover job”!
      or…you could cover it with one leg of a pair of tights—and i’m sure others will have more ideas for a “quick-change draft stopper!”

  9. CTY says

    So much cuter than what I’ve done. I use pipe insulation because the slit makes it stay on the door & it is easy to cut. I may need to cover mine with cute socks though.
    If I remember correctly you commandeered your son’s room when he moved out; did he ever complain of the cold?

  10. sage_brush says

    I use up just about anything to make the tubes – socks, old sweatshirts or sweaters. But I only use those things to make a washable cover for the inner-tube, constructed of old sheets, which gets filled with old pillow stuffing, aquarium gravel, and cedar shavings. The outer tube gets washed – while the inner one stays clean because it’s covered.

    In the more decorated living areas of the house – the outer tube is seasonal fabric to match the rest of the decor!

  11. Cassie says

    I made a few of these from scrap fabric, but I used pipe insulation from the hardware store for the insides. It was less than $1 and there was more than enough to make more than one door. I hooked two together with about an inch in between so it could go on both sides of the door, so I could open and close the door without having to rearrange it each time.

  12. Michelle says

    I can’t wait to try this. I need some for my windows as well!
    p.s. a quick tip I just learned- for a home made funnel, cut a water bottle in half and use the mouth as the funnel. I’ve been making rice filled heat packs and this has worked beautifully. I think it would be big enough for popcorn kernels.

    • Kelley says

      I know it has been forever and a day however I noticed you didn’t get an answer to whether or not you can wash it. I don’t know about about anyone else but right now it is really cold outside(-20 windchill). I don’t have the extra popcorn however I do have some spare heavy duty plastic beads, and some extra rice and lentils that I was going to use to make another rice/lentil heating pad for tomorrow morning. You can’t wash the ones filled with rice and lentils but you could if you use the cheap and heavy plastic beads. Worst case scenario make a quick pillowcase/slipcover for it. Also, I am going to use an old pillowcase(Found the length of the case is just right for the width of the door and you can make 2 or three out of 1 pillow case).
      Stay warm and cozy everyone.
      Thank you again Jillee, you have saved my family hundreds of dollars. Love the no grate laundry detergent! I have been paying it forward by passing on your website and knowledge to close friends and family so they can do the same! Keep up the Awesome work!
      Thank you,

  13. Erika says

    Haha! I just saw this post and must admit that I never thought about using socks for the outside. I always keep a box full of my old hole-y (but clean) socks so that when I need to make a new draft bolster I can stuff it with them. Now I’ll look for some nice fuzzy socks so that it can be completely made of socks!

  14. Mary Ellen says

    I had a bath towel that had developed a sizable hole in it, and no one seemed to know how it got there? so I rolled it up —hole on the inside, it was also colors that went with our colors in the room , that helped. Stitched it up , works great for door draft stopper, plus recycled the towel, washes well too! Love your site , view every day I can.


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