Thursday, 15 September 2011

How to Make a Draught Excluder

Last night I learnt how to make my very own Swedish inspired draught excluder at a local craft class run by Claire Mackaness from Beautiful Things (@ClaireMackaness).

As well as myself Nici (@SunnyNici) and Ann (@essexgran) also attended the class.

At sewing classes run by Claire you will have to bring your own sewing machine, and for some people this may be more appealing as you should know the ins and outs of your machine and if you don't then bring your machines manual with you and Claire will help you to figure it out!

I turned up with my Gran's 1960's Singer that could only handle one stitch, but that was all we needed for this particular class.

All of the materials and refreshments are provided for you too, so no having to run around last minute trying to find certain types of fabric!

The brilliant thing about Claire's classes is that you have to do it all yourself, from cutting your own fabric to ironing on your own bonda web.

Claire is always there to hold your hand and talk you through any sticky situations that you may get yourself into but it is up to you to sort it out.

One of the most important things that I learnt from this class is that everything if fixable, and if you have a wonky stitch it's just rustic charm!

I can defiantly say that after this class I am a heck of a lot more confident about using a sewing machine, and I am so proud of my finished product!

Thank you Claire for being such a great teacher and thanks to Nici and Ann for the lovely chit chat.

(p.s. Thanks to Claire for the pictures. )


  1. Glad you enjoyed the class Louise, your draught excluder looks fantastic and only a tiny drop of 'rustic charm' I hope to be able to teach you more in the future.

  2. Oh well done, it looks lovely and the class sounds great fun too x