Every winter, a cold breeze emerges from underneath our stove. This year I got smart and decided to block it off.
First, I cut the legs off of a pair of old pants:
That was wider than I needed, so I cut it in half and trimmed off the seams.
I was left with four strips of fabric. No picture here, because even though I have discovered that I can get sewing done in the playroom, it’s a rare feat to get sewing and photography done in the playroom.
I took one strip, folded it in half, and serged one end and the side length. I chose to leave it un-turned (with the seam on the outside), because that meant one less step, and you can take shortcuts like that when you use a serger and are not a perfectionist.
I put Mike and the kids to work stuffing it with all of the miniscule scraps that I save because I find it extremely difficult to throw fabric away. They used the handle of our toy broom to push the stuffing to the bottom of the fabric tube.
Emma took a moment to show off our draft-stopper in her seasonally inappropriate attire. There are benefits to having children too young to clothe (and unclothe) themselves.
I serged the open edge shut after this picture.
And here it is in all its glory under our perpetually fingerprint-and-footprint decorated stove. Hooray for no more drafts!
Now to turn the three remaining strips into draft blockers for our doors and under the kitchen sink.
If you have a draft-free house, my children recommend these as toys, although given that they primarily wave them about wildly in the air I don’t feel that I can second their recommendation.