If you are feeling the cold these days, here is the perfect project to keep you warm and cosy.
A draught excluder to remind you of warm, sunny Summer days!
To make your own Beach Hut draught excluder you will need the following supplies:
- 1 pair of old denim jeans (you will only need one leg of the jeans so it doesn’t matter if they are ripped or torn elsewhere)
- 0.5 yard of Beach Huts fabric (you will need enough fabric to be able to cut out 12/13 complete Beach huts and 2 x 5.5″ circles so you could use scraps if you had enough)
- A scrap of yellow felt
- Double-sided fusible web interfacing (optional)
- Toy Stuffing
In addition you will need an air or water erasable pen and an Open-Toed Darning or Free-Motion Quilting foot for your sewing machine.
Step 1 – Cutting the fabric
Cut off one leg of the denim jeans and set aside the remainder.
Cut along the inner seam of the cut denim leg to open out the fabric piece. Cut off the turned hem at the bottom of the leg and also remove the double thickness seam from the cut edge. (If you leave these seams intact you will end up trying to sew through 4 thick seams later, which neither you nor your machine will enjoy!) Iron the opened leg piece and square up the top and side edges to measure 16″ by the width of your door space + 1″. My fabric ended up as 16″ x 37″.
Cut one 1″ circle of yellow felt and set aside for later.
Cut out 2 x 5.5″ circles of the Beach Hut fabric for the ends of your draught excluder. Set aside for later.
Step 2 – Appliqueing the Beach Huts
If you are trying raw-edge applique for the first time it will be easier to manage the applique shapes if you iron the double-sided fusible web interfacing to the back of the Beach Hut fabric before you cut out the individual beach huts.
Cut out 12/13 individual beach huts from your fabric and a couple of clouds if you wish.
With your erasable marker pen draw a line 1.5″ above the centre seam as a guide for your beach hut applique. Position the beach huts along this line and when you are happy with the placement fuse (if you have used the double-sided fusible web interfacing) or pin the beach huts in place. Do the same for the clouds.
Step 3 – Raw-edge applique
Using your Darning/ Free-motion quilting foot machine embroider the beach huts to the denim fabric piece.
I used a navy blue thread in the spool and a cream thread in the bobbin and outlined each beach hut twice before continuing to the next hut. Where there was a gap I stitched a single line to connect the huts. The clouds were also outlined twice, as was the sun with the sun-rays added to the stitching on the second stitching.
Step 4 – Creating the tube
With the right sides of your denim piece together, using a 0.5″ seam join the raw edges of the appliqued denim piece. You may also want to stitch a zigzag stitch along the seam as well for strength.
Press the seam open to reduce bulk.
With right sides together pin and stitch the first 5.5″ circle to one end of the fabric tube, using a 0.25″ seam and easing the denim fabric to fit. Oversew with a zigzag stitch for extra strength if desired.
Turn the fabric tube right side out.
Step 5 – Finishing
Fill the empty fabric tube with the toy stuffing until it is 3/4 full.
With right sides together pin the remaining 5.5″ circle half way round to the remaining end of the tube.
Stitch the half circle, using a 0.25″ seam, then fill the tube to the end with toy stuffing.
Hand stitch the remainder of the circle to the tube end turning under the seam allowance as you go.
Place your finished draught excluder in front of your door and bask in the warmth
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