Quick & Easy Repurposed Scarf Draft Stopper

If you’ve been following me for a while you know how much I love to repurpose scarves for home decor, and this scarf draft stopper is so quick and easy to make.

We recently had a long period of f-f-f-freezing temps here.

I’m talkin’ -30 with the wind chill, and our old 1890s house was really feeling that chill.

And so were we.

So I decided to make this scarf draft stopper for the original wooden door in our kitchen, which is the one that we use all the time.

Just in time for the Thrifty Chicks Monthly Project Challenge, which this month is scarves or hankies.


Thrifty Chicks Project Challenge

On the second Wednesday of each month I join some very talented blogging friends for a project challenge, and with a different theme each time it’s really a lot of fun.

If you missed any of the past projects you can find them here.

I’m so excited to see what my blogging friends have come up with for this month’s scarf/hankie challenge.


How To Make a Scarf Draft Stopper

When it comes to repurposing scarves I love all styles, sizes, colours, but I have to admit to a special fondness for ones that are knitted-in-the-round.

These scarves are like tubes, and because of that they can be repurposed in so many ways.

I went into my scarf stash and found one that was the perfect size for this diy draft stopper.


For my scarf draft stopper I needed something to fill the scarf with, and because the scarf is very light and stretchy it can’t be anything heavy.

All you need is something about 6-8 inches shorter than your scarf, and about 3-4 inches wide when rolled up.

I decided to use what I had, which was a pair of polyester pants that are warm and fuzzy. I have many pairs of what we call happy pants for wearing around the house in the winter.

You could also use towels, small blankets… anything that you can roll up easily.


stuffing rolled pajama pants into repurposed scarf draft stopper

Once you’ve rolled up whatever you’re using you just insert it into one end of the scarf.


And then pull it through.

If whatever you use doesn’t stay rolled up by itself you could wrap a few elastic bands around it before inserting into the scarf.


tying the ends of repurposed scarf door draft stopper old

And to finish off my scarf draft stopper I tied the ends with one of my favourite things… jute twine/cord.

repurposed scarf door draft stopper

So here it is at my kitchen door, which isn’t square because it’s over 100 years old… so it definitely needs all the help it can get.

We have a screen door outside this door, a necessity with the winters that we have here, but when it’s insanely cold we really can’t do enough to keep out the nasty drafts.

You could also make these for window drafts too.

I love that I can easily take this draft stopper apart when winter’s over, and then I can repurpose the scarf into something else.


cat sleeping on repurposed scarf bench seat makeover

Like Pixie’s Quick & Easy Repurposed Scarf Bench Seat Makeover


How to make a repurposed scarf pillow cover

Or this Quick & Easy Repurposed Scarves Reversible Pillow Cover


$3 Lamp and Lamp Shade Makeover with spray paint and repurposed scarf

Or even like this $3 Lamp and Lamp Shade Makeover

Honestly, there are so many things you can do with scarves.

I usually find them at thrift stores for $1 a piece, and sometimes they’re on sale for 2 for $1. It’s no wonder I’ve got myself a scarf stash, which is all about the repurposing… not about wearing.

I purged my collection a few years ago, but almost immediately started adding to it again.

Such is the circle of a thrifting life. lol.


Now be sure to check out what my friends did with their scarf/hankie projects.

Here are the BEFORES.

Thrifty Chicks January 2018 Scarf or Hankie Project Challenge


Just click on the links beside the blog names to see the fabulous afters.

1. Shoppe No. 5 – How To Make Flowers From A Hankie
2. Adirondack Girl at Heart – Homemade Heating Pads from Thrifted Scarves
3. Lora B. Create & Ponder – Valentine Handkerchief Charger
4. The Interior Frugalista – How to turn a scarf into an easy DIY Valentine’s Wreath
5. Little Vintage Cottage – Little Hankie Bird & A Hankie Project Roundup
6. Thrifty Rebel Vintage – That’s mine.


Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. Great idea! But all your ideas are great! Sorry to hear about your cold weather. Wish we had some. It’s been in the 70’s all winter. BUT! It’s only supposed to be in the low 60’s today! I just need to feel a little winter! Now I’m off to look at the other gal’s ideas! Dona

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks so much Dona! Even though it’s not quite as cold now low 60s sounds like heaven. I’d send you a little winter if I could. 🙂

  2. Very good idea. And I was thinking this is a good idea in the summer too when you run the A/C if you have a drafty door.

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks Debra! I never even thought of using it in the summer, but you’re so right.

  3. I want to see a whole post on your “happy pants”; they sound wonderful! I could use a couple of these draft blockers in my 100+ year old house, too! Great easy and quick project!

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks Lora! Maybe one of these days I’ll do a post on just my happy pants collection. lol.

  4. Dang, I knew I shouldn’t have donated all the tube scarves I made several years ago. During the holidays it was -40C with windchill. Could use a few of these around the house!

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Yikes! That’s pretty darn cold. I thought -30 was bad. We had a long stretch of deep freeze here and it was hard to take after a few days. We do tend to have beautiful sunshine and deep blue skies when it’s that cold so that was nice.

  5. What a great project! I love how everything you’ve done for your kitchen is so pretty and decorative yet useful too!


    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks Tania! I do like it when something can be practical and pretty at the same time.

  6. Those draft stoppers really help! Used to have one I used on an old ’30’s house we lived in. You can enjoy the color of it with your kitchen.

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks Florence! It is kinda funky to look at too, so I’m enjoying that.

  7. Cute! Love the ombre scarf; gives the door a nice pop of color. I only wish it were cold enough here in Arizona to warrant a draft stopper. Visiting from Vintage Charm.

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks Victoria! I only wish it was warm enough here to not need one. lol.

  8. LOL – now THAT’s using what you have on hand to fill a need! How cute to have that fuzzy draft stopper there. LOL, only those who DON’T experience these bone-chilling winters would wish for it to be cold enough to USE a draft stopper.

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      lol. It’s always fun to come up with an idea and then see what I have in my stashes to make it happen. Free is always a good thing. 🙂

  9. I can recall my grandmother making draft stoppers She lived in a farm house and the winters were harsh so they were very useful.

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks Angie! Mine is helping quite a bit and it was so easy to make.

  10. Brilliant idea, Tuula, and it looks fantastic in your kitchen. I’ll be on the lookout for the perfect scarf 🙂

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks Diana! If this winter keeps on as it’s been going I’ll probably be making a few more.

  11. I’m thoroughly sick of the winter here in North east England. . It is drizzly and grey, not sparkly and crisp…. Roll on Spring

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      I couldn’t agree with you more Cherie. Roll on Spring!!

  12. This is awesome, Tuula–you are the queen of scarf crafts! Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm!

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks very much Cecilia!