This week’s cold snap has been particularly sharp! And, we have an extremely drafty front door. So, after having our winter celebrations for a few seasons on a cute Ikea table runner [The new Ikea Tudi runner has a similar design!], we decided to repurpose it as a Draft Dodger. It’s a super-easy project. All you do is sew a simple tube and fill it with a couple of kilograms of no-name rice and/or beans] Saving energy, saving money, keeping the warmth in and the winter winds [when not sought] out of doors … All in a half-hour’s work!
Keeping out the cold with a Draft Dodger hacked from an Ikea table runner
as featured on Ikea Hackers
an Ikea table runner like this Tudi model
several kilograms of dried rice or beans
wide-mouthed funnel or a wide-mouthed paper cone, taped shut
1. Fold the table runner in half.
2. Sew a long seam [or a double seam] two inches from the hem of the runner, leaving a 3 to 4-inch opening towards one end of the runner.
3. Trim the excess fabric off with scissors.
4. Option 1: Sew a straight seam with a 1 to 2-inch seam allowance on either end of the runner
4. Option 2: Sew a straight seam with a 1 to 2-inch seam allowance 1/4 of the length of the entire width from the top down and 1/4 of the length of the entire width from the bottom up of the runner on each end. Press into a +plus+ shape and sew the other two edges each 1/4 of the width of the runner. [Depicted in the DIY below.]
5. Turn the tube inside out via the 3 to 4 inch opening you’ve left along the length of the tube.
6. Use the funnel or a paper cone and fill with rice and or beans. [You might want to stand up for this. It gets pretty heavy!]
7. Carefully sew up the open hole.
8. Place finished draft dodger against the crafty door and enjoy the newfound warmth!
If you liked this post, you’ll love our previous Ikea project, Knappa loves Melodi, also featured on Ikea Hackers:
You might also like our Gluten- and Sugar-free Date Nut Drommar Cake:
And the Elderflower Ices we made with Ikea syrup and snow!!