When the Swiffer Duster came out I knew it was one of those things that I just had to have. I don’t know why my first thought was to get excited about adding to my cleaning supply inventory, it’s not like I get excited about dusting at all. Anyway, I did like this product, the problem was I never got around to buying the refills. I never remembered when I was at the store… I didn’t want to spend the money. So my poor, lonely swiffer duster sat there without a refill for way longer than I want to admit. I’m sure I’m not the only one that had this problem.
Thankfully, Sew Much Ado solved my problem with a Reusable Swiffer Duster Cloth. She does a great tutorial with nice pictures and explains why she thinks flannel works best for this project, check it out.
Here are the steps to making it, and you will see it’s easier than going to the store to buy one.
4 7″x 7″
4 4″x 7″
And of course a lonely Swiffer handle.
Center (2) 4″ piece over (2) 7″ piece and mark a line down the middle. Do this twice, it will be your front and back.
Sew down the drawn line on both of your sets.
Lay your 2 sets together with the 4″ pieces facing to the outside.
To make the casing, fold your smaller piece to the side.
Align your handle at the bottom of your fabric, and center it over your seam. Trace down the side of the prong leaving spaces where the curved edges are. It is better to give a little extra room around the curved areas. You don’t want it to be to tight.
Fold the small piece of fabric in the opposite direction and repeat this step.
Sew down your lines on both sides, raising the needle and skipping over the blank spaces where your curved edges will go in.
Insert your handle and this is what you have.
You can see here that all 4 pieces of the flannel are all different lengths. Do this to both sides.
Now, you can go back and clip the edges. Start with the top layer and clip about 1/2″ apart. Do this to all your layers. (Don’t have a blond moment like me… Clip through all the pieces at one time, and cut into your casing. Thank goodness I had planned on making 2 in the first place)
Throw this in the wash whenever it gets dirty. The edges will fray, and you might have to trim some strings every now and than. Don’t worry, the more it frays the better it picks up dust.