Window Draft Stopper

Draft Stoppers: How to Make DIY Door Socks

These DIY draft socks are super simple to make, inexpensive, and work well to stop the chilly drafts from under doors or from window sills.Make your own drafts stoppers with socks and this tutorial

Oh, and they are freakin’ adorable too!  Here’s how to make your own.


  • Socks – pick nice long ones.  Men’s woolly work socks are shown here, but knee socks would also be a great choice
  • Dried popcorn
  • Stuffing from old pillows, an old sweater, etc
  • Fabric scrap
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread


1.  Measure the length of the doorway or window you would like to use the draft sock on.  Cut a length of fabric that is 1 inch longer than your measurement and 10 inches wide (you want the sock just slightly longer than the doorway, so it fits in snugly).  Fold the fabric in half and pin.  Using your sewing machine or needle and thread sew one end and the length of the fabric so that you have a long tube that is open at one end.

2. Fill tube alternately with dried popcorn and the stuffing you have chosen.  Popcorn is used for weight, but it is also inexpensive and won’t go rancid like some other dried goods.  The stuffing helps to give the sock a nice shape and insulates against the cold air. When the tube is really packed full all the way to the end, pin the end and sew it shut.

3. Turn socks inside out and sew the heels straight so that when the sock is covering the tube, the heels don’t protrude.

4. Pull the sock over your hand still inside out.  Grab the end of the filled tube with your sock hand and unfold the sock over the tube.

5. Add the second sock of the pair to the other end, and overlap the first sock.

That’s it!  An easy, cheap, effective, and stylish door sock in no time at all.

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  1. Anne
    AnneJanuary 16,12

    thanks for the popcorn idea! I’ve been meaning to do this all winter but beans are expensive!!!!!!!!!


  2. Jutta
    JuttaJanuary 16,12

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  3. Alisha
    AlishaJanuary 17,12

    This is adorable!! TFS!! Stopping by from You’re talking too much linky party and your newest follower here, FB and Pinterest.

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  4. Sarah
    SarahJanuary 19,12

    I recently moved and have more drafty doors than I used to, so I will definitely be making some of these for our place. Thanks for the simple solution!

  5. Tonia @ The Gunny Sack
    Tonia @ The Gunny SackJanuary 20,12

    It’s been windy and cold here so this is just what I need! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Natasha
    NatashaJanuary 21,12

    what a very clever idea and so easy to do

  7. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.
    Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.January 23,12

    What a cute and thrifty idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

  8. Honey
    HoneyJanuary 25,12

    Thank you for sharing this terrific tip at Potpourri Friday!

  9. narf7
    narf7April 1,12

    I am very impressed with this blog! Now all I have to do is wrestle a sock off the dog, find one without dog tooth marks in it, take a special trip into town to purchase a “nice” pair of socks (which will no doubt be pilfered the moment I get in the door by the dog) and find 10 minutes to sit down and make this lovely project. Thank you for these really lovely projects that make appropriate and most thoughtful gifts that anyone would want to receive. I am going to give my very first wind sock to the dog (because otherwise he will eat it anyway…sigh)

  10. Beckie
    BeckieOctober 26,12

    It’s starting to get cold here in IN and this would be great! Thanks for the great tutorial and I’ll be sharing over on my FB today.

  11. Susan
    SusanDecember 12,12

    I bought feed or seed corn to fill heat/ice sacks with…it’s really cheap (I bought about 10 lbs.) at the feed store when we went to buy dog food. It’s amazing what you can get at them. I need these for 2 doors and I’m thinking maybe at the bottoms of a few windows (we live in a 1920 farmhouse.

  12. Katie Adams
    Katie AdamsJune 14,13

    This is such a smart idea! Thank you for this great step by step tutorial. I wanted to let you know that I Have added this project to my What Can You Make with a Pair of Socks Round Up. If you would rather I delete your project from this round up please let me know.

    Thanks and have a fabulous Day!

  13. Meesh
    MeeshOctober 26,13

    Smart and cute! Adding this to my to do list!

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    how to make raw dog foodDecember 12,13

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  15. Helen L Smith Hoke
    Helen L Smith HokeSeptember 6,14

    Thank you for the idea. I make these using toilet paper rolls. Got to recycle somewhere. I tape them together to the size I need and them put them inside the socks and then stuff them with stuffing and popcorn. Usually two long socks will work for a door. I put one end on the tube and then on the other end the other sock and sew the two together in the middle. Less sewing, less material to use for something else. I have seen people do this with old sweaters. Thanks again.

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