Easy To Sew Draft Dodger

Melissa Peda
Easy To Sew Draft Dodger

Ward off winter chills with a colorful patchwork draft dodger stuffed with recycled towels or T-shirts.


1/8 yard each of 21 coordinating cotton fabrics or one jelly roll of 2 1/2" strips

Beach towel, T-shirts or socks (enough for stuffing)

All-purpose thread

Prep It

Wash the towels, T-shirts or socks in hot water to eliminate possible shrinkage. Dry on the highest heat setting available, fold and set aside.

From each fabric, cut one 2 1/2"x14" strips.

Sew It

Use 1/2" seam allowances unless otherwise noted.

Place each strip right side up on a flat work surface. Arrange each strip as desired, aligning the long edges.

With right sides together, pin the left-most strips along the long edge. Stitch using a 1/4" seam allowance, backstitching at the strip beginning and end. Press open the seam.

Pin the adjacent strip to the pieced strip with right sides together (1).

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Stitch the long edge using a 1/4" seam allowance. Press open the seam. Repeat to stitch one 14"x42 1/2" rectangle consisting of all 21 strips.

Tip: Measure your windows to create smaller draft dodgers that fit.  Add or omit 2 1/2" strips as needed to achieve the required length.

Fold the panel in half lengthwise with right sides together, matching the strip seams. Pin the long raw edge (2).

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Stitch the upper edge leaving a 9" centered opening for turning (3).

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Pin the short ends, and then stitch (4).

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Turn the tube right side out.

Roll up the towel, T-shirts or socks and stuff the tube through the opening.

Tip: Use a large towel for stuffing and trim it to fit the finished tube.

Slipstitch the opening closed.



Westminster Fibers provided the Seven Wonders and World Tour fabrics by Parson Gray and the Tangier Ikat fabrics by Dena Designs for FreeSpirit: (866) 907-3305, freespiritfabric.com.




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