It's that time again, time to winterize the house. Our house is very old which means DRAFTY!
I've tried the weatherstripping tape sold at Home Depot and Lowe's and was extremely frustrated when I had to take it off the windows and the tape left a sticky residue that took me hours to scrap off with a single razor blade. This year I wanted to make something that I could use year after year. So I created what I call Window Draft Stoppers, much like those draft stoppers for doors that my Grandma use to have in her house and that I later used in the college dorm to keep certain smells from wafting into the hallway. :)
I measured the width of the window and the depth of the area where the draft stopper would sit and cut scrap fabric according to those dimensions. I found the best fabric to use was a flannel. Basically I made a long rectangle, sewing around the 3 sides, leaving one end open. I turned it inside out and then filled each draft stopper with unused, recycled, pine cat litter. Once filled, I hand sewed the opened end shut.
I am amazed on how well they work. These would also be great for renters since most windows are standard sizes you can take them with you when you move.