Pinterest in Action: Reusable Swiffer Duster

swiffer duster sewing projectWhen I saw the pin for a washable, reusable head for a Swiffer duster handle I put it to the top of my To Try List. I like the convenience of the handle on the Swiffer dusters and the kids think it’s fun to use them.  The trouble is that the refills cost more than I really want to spend on something that gets thrown away.

I figured it was worth a shot to try making one. Are you thinking polka-dots with black cats is an interesting choice of fabric? Yeah,  well I had a pair of flannel pajama pants that were too big last winter. The top fit, but the pants were comically big and roomy. I recently lost 35 pounds making the pants feel even more ridiculous so I cut them up!

Here is the link to the original blog post by Sew Much Ado I found on Pinterest. It has all the step by step photos, dimensions and instructions.

Here’s my project:

 

swiffer duster sewing project

You need a Swiffer Duster handle and some flannel fabric.

swiffer duster sewing project

Next step is to put the layers together and sew down the middle.

swiffer duster project

Mark the sides of the handle. This will be sewn down. If I was doing this project again I would also sew along the end to keep the handle from sliding all the way through.

swiffer duster sewing project

I have a different Swiffer handle than the one from the Pinterest pin, so mine looks a little different.

swiffer sewing project

Now it’s starting to look like something!

All that’s left is to cut into strips and wash. It came out of the dryer fluffy and ready to go.

This was a very fun little project to do. It didn’t take much time and since I used old flannel it didn’t cost me anything. The duster works well–not quite as well as the disposable Swiffer heads, but plenty good enough for me. The kids love using the handle duster and that means less dusting for Mommy! The only thing I would change is sewing across the top so that the handle wouldn’t slide all the way through. (My handle is different from the one used in the tutorial.) All in all, I consider this a Pinterest Success!

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