Winter is here……bring out the sausage!

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Donna King

I don’t know about you but I’m really feeling the cold at the moment and my old wooden front door is doing nothing to stop the wind howling right in through!

Short of a new door (which is not going to happen) I’m going Old Skool with a good old draught excluder more commonly know as a door sausage up in Yorkshire.

This one is quite a chunky beast at around 15cm wide but would be a great bolster cushion when the summer comes 😉

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You will need:

Step 1

Print and cut out the template and use to cut two circles from your fabric.

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Step 2

Cut out a rectangle 54cm wide, the length will be the width of you door plus 3cm.

Step 3

Fold the rectangle in half with the right side of the fabric facing each other. Using a 1.5cm seam allowance sew down the long side leaving a gap of around 1ocm in the middle. I usually mark the opening with 2 pins so that when I’m sewing i don’t forget.

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You can see the two pins at each side of the gap

Step 4

Pin the circles to the end with the right sides of the fabric facing. This can be tricky but remember to match the edges of the fabric and don’t be scare of using too many pins.

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Match the fabric edges


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Pin Pin Pin & PIN

Step 5

Sew the circles on to the ends. Sounds easy! Take your time at this point, you want to avoid the fabric pleating over. To do this you may have to lift your machine foot to smooth out the fabric serval times- REMEMBER to ensure your needle in down into the fabric before lifting the foot.

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You can see the fabric beginning to fold/pucker under the foot

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Lift up the foot and smooth the fabric out before continuing

Step 6

Turn the excluder to the right side, stuff and stitch up the gap.

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