Window Wieners!

Yes. That’s right. I’ve invented something and I’m naming it Window Wieners.

I got a new sewing machine for my birthday and I’m putting it to good use. Our windows are very drafty thanks largely to an attempt to seal them shut a very long time ago. They were partially closed, nailed (partially open) to the frame, then caulked and painted. Unfortunately with double-hung windows, the top and bottom sash have to be all the way up and down, respectively, for them to seal properly. The original sash locks – like the one below – act as a wedge to help keep them together, though many of ours have been removed or replaced with modern (non-wedge) sash locks.

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To alleviate some of the draftiness, I decided to apply the door sausage idea to the windows. Ta-da! Window wieners!

I wanted something lightweight, insulating (duh), and bean-like to form around the window frames.¬†As fate would have it, I went to the fabric store and found a huge bag of bean bag chair beans…. exactly what I went looking for! That wouldn’t be so strange except that when I got up to the counter, the manager said, “Oh, look at that. We’ve never carried this before and we only got one in the other day, I didn’t think it was something anyone would ever buy.” Yeah, weird.

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So I brought that big ass bag of polystyrene beads home, cut strips of ivory knit fabric left over from who knows what, and sewed them into tubes.

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Then my genius husband saw the flaw in my plan of “Hmm… just fill them up?” and found the ever-useful measuring cup to help. Pshh, engineers. They think they’re so smart.

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It worked like a charm! This spring we plan to address actual window repair, but for now at least we aren’t constantly living in a cold draft. That’s a win for sure!


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