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Draft Dodger From Recycled Plastic Bags

Posted on April 30, 2011

Drafts from around doors and windows is never a good thing. But you can craft your own draft stopper or dodger from recycled materials to save on your heating bill and help keep your home warmer.

You can use scrap pieces of plastic bags or other stuffing material to fill the shell of the draft dodger. For this particular project, I crocheted my draft dodger from recycled plastic bags. It was a great opportunity to use the many different colored plastic bags that I have been saving. Each stripe only takes between 2-3 bags each. It’s hard to find colored bags in large qualities so this was the perfect project to utilize the pretty colors that I have been collecting but didn’t have enough of one color for a large project.

I crocheted my draft dodger and then stuffed it using the scrap pieces that you get when you make plastic bag yarn or plarn. When I make my plarn, I have the end pieces and the handle portion that I don’t use as I assemble the loops. So I took those leftover plastic bag pieces and used them for the stuffing of my draft dodger. You want to stuff the draft dodger before you close the ends. I put in a few pieces of plastic and then used a broom stick to push them into the shell of the draft dodger. You want to stuff it somewhat loosely so that your shell isn’t too stiff and so it doesn’t stretch out the shape of the tube. I stuffed from one end until it was nicely filled to the halfway point and then closed that end of the tube as shown in the pattern below. Then I repeated the stuffing for the other end.

That completes the project and below you will find the free crochet pattern details for the draft dodger. Adjust the length as needed for your door or window. But most importantly enjoy working this recycled craft project.

Draft Dodger Crochet Pattern

Materials needed:
Variety of plastic bags made into Plarn
Approx. 56 plastic grocery bags
Stuffing material for inside the draft dodger shell

Hook: J (6 mm) U.S. size metal hook
Description: Draft Dodger
Measurements: 3 inches wide x 38 inches long (or width needed for your door or window)


With J hook, ch 18 and join to form a ring. Make sure your chain is not twisted and your stitches are facing out. This pattern is worked in the round and is done in single crochet stitch.

Sc in each stitch and don’t join at the end of each round but rather just continue working in the round for 5 rounds in each color. At the end of the 5th round. Finish off at the end of 5th round by cutting the plarn and working a slip stitch into the next two stitches to end the round smoothly.

Ch 1 at the beginning of each new color and slip stitch into the last two stitches of the prior row to finish off each color.

Once you reach the width you need for your door or window, stuff your draft dodger as outlined above. After you have the stuffing in place, you can close the ends of the draft dodger. I did this by attaching the same color plarn and working two single crochet stitches together around the opening. After two rounds, cut the plarn and leave a tail for closing off the end. Repeat for the other end of your draft dodger.

If you have any questions or find discrepancies in this pattern, please email me using contact tab above.

Ch – Chain
Ea – Each
FO – Finish Off
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Plarn – Plastic Bag Yarn
Rnd – Round
Sc – Single Crochet
Sk – Skip
Sl St – Slip Stitch
St – Stitch

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6 Responses to “Draft Dodger From Recycled Plastic Bags”

  1. GrannyJ
    May 01, 2011

    Another great recycling project. I love making draft dodgers. I’ve made several from recycled clothing and given to people. I’ve even made some for a ladie’s windows that had drafts where the top and bottom sash met.

  2. Lynne
    May 08, 2011

    Very colourful – I wonder if there are that many coloured plastic shopping bags in Australia? I’ve never seen them altogether if there are!

  3. Hailey Lee
    Nov 07, 2011

    That one is definitely the great recycled one, I always love recycled materials because it saves our mother nature.

  4. DCMerkle
    Nov 08, 2011

    I love these. I was wondering if it can be filled with things like dry beans or maybe rice?

  5. Cindy
    Nov 08, 2011

    DC – I do know some people who fill these with dry beans or rice. You just want to be careful not to get the draft dodger wet as the food may mold or smell.

  6. Gayle
    Jan 19, 2017

    When I’ve made draft dodgers from fabric, I stuff them with Kitty litter. It tends to absorb well the moisture you find against windows from condensation.

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