Draft Dodger: How to Make a Draft Sock

Finished product— draft sock

Trying to keep the heat in during winter can be a challenge if you live in an older home. My house has single-pane windows and doors whose airtight seal wore away sometime in the Nixon administration. There are drastic steps you can take to improve your home’s energy efficiency (like insulating and replacing all your windows— yikes!) but this craft project will take you less than an hour, and can cure your climate control problems one window at a time. Plus, you can choose cute fabrics that coordinate with your home. Here’s how I make a draft sock (you may call it a draft stopper), and trust me— if I can do it, it’s a SIMPLE sewing project.


Step 1

 Open GalleryCutting fabric— draft sock

Cut two pieces of fabric that are the length of your door or window and the width of the windowsill, or 3-4 inches wide. Add half an inch on all sides for seam allowance.

Step 2

 Open GallerySewing— Draft sock

Pin the right sides of the fabric together, then sew three of the four sides, leaving a short side open, so you can fill your draft sock.

Step 3

 Open GalleryFill with kitty litter— draft sock

Use a funnel to pour the kitty litter into your draft sock. Don’t fill it to the tippy-top: Leave yourself 5-6 inches of room. You’ll want the space to sew the final side, and it will all flatten out when you’re done.

Step 4

 Open Galleryfinish last end— draft sock

Flip the edges of the fabric in, then pin the final side, making sure not to spill your kitty litter.

Step 5

 Open GalleryFinishing up— draft sock

Run that side through the sewing machine or hand-sew to seal it up.

Step 6

 Open GalleryFinished product— draft sock

Then put a sock in it! (Your door jamb or windowsill, that is.)


  • Fabric
  • Kitty litter
  • Thread
  • Pins


  • Sewing machine
  • Funnel
About Carley Knobloch 


I'm all about smart, simple solutions to managing life, work and family. I blog about the intersection of tech and living at CarleyK.com and delve into smart home technology ...

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6 Responses

  1. TellasisPatel says:

    Why not just roll a towel and place it to stop drafts?

  2. JKLM says:

    Rice is also an alternative to kitty litter.

  3. mee says:

    Ya,why cat litter? Plus it has a dusty smell.

  4. MaryL says:

    Sounds like a nice idea unless . . . you have cats! I have five. I would worry that the scent of litter may divert their necessities from litter box to window! Maybe using beads that beanie babies are made of or foam or pillow stuffing or just old rags. I'm cheap, I just cut up an old towel lengthwise and use that on my windows. They don't show because I have blinds, so the bottom is covered. ML

  5. kellysmtrimble says:

    I really need to make some of these. Our old metal windows let in lots of cold air!

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